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Roadshow Update

The BIAV roadshow is well underway and proving to be a great hit with members. Response and engagement levels have been very high, with great feedback provided at each of the sessions.

Those following on Facebook will know that members have been visited right through Gippsland to Mallacoota, deep into South Gippsland including Alberton, as well as through central Victoria to Echuca.

Industry members have been very keen to hear what BIAV is up to, how they are being represented, what’s happening in the advocacy space, what the future of boat shows might be, and very importantly, what can be done to help address the current skills and resource issues. To that end, the proposed Boating Careers platform and plan is gathering outstanding feedback and traction. Participants have been delighted to complete the 10-minute member survey that is offered, furnishing BIAV with their individual input, that will be part of the collective input for future planning.

The Roadshow will continue through late July and right through August into other parts of regional Victoria and metro Melbourne. Please look out for a session near you or sing out if you’d like to book in a visit. Please email Steve Walker CEO at

New Melbourne Show Precincts

Good progress has been made on the overall event plan for the, 26-29 October, Melbourne Boat Show at Docklands, with the addition of several new precincts.

Based on feedback from last year’s visitors, we’re excited to announce that preparations are well underway for a specialty tackle and retail area. If you run a tackle business and want to get involved, please email Moose at .

The Welcome to Boating Hub is in the planning with interesting edutainment sessions for those new to boating and those in need of a refresher. If you have something valuable to offer these audiences, please reach out to Katrina at , it would be great to have you involved.

Stay tuned also for an official tow vehicle announcement, ambassador and display, as well as a Heritage and Wooden Boat precinct over at North Wharf. Watch this space for more updates on these additions.

The overall site plan is filling up quickly, with just a few spots remaining. If you’re interested in exhibiting, don’t delay, get in touch now. For any enquiries about these opportunities, please contact .

Another Successful Expo

BIAV delivered another excellent careers display at a major careers expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, over the weekend of 14-16 July. Led by Dan Brown, the display showcased boating career options to around 10,000 enthusiastic people.

Unlike most other expos that BIAV has exhibited at, this one was open to all ages and to the public. Many people looking to find a new career were present, with many showing an interest in marine/boating for the first time. Many others were family units with upper secondary and/or young adult children.

If you’d like to know more about tapping into this and finding talent for your business, please reach out via email to .

Are you Climate Reporting Ready?

VECCI asks… Is your business ready for mandatory climate reporting? Noting that mandatory climate reporting is coming. Almost every Australian business, no matter its size, will be impacted by these changes.

What BIAV members might like to consider in advance, to be ready for climate reporting changes, is to ask these questions.

Do you understand your business’ climate risks and opportunities

Do you have the competency and capability at a governance and managerial level to navigate the impacts of climate change, including mandatory climate reporting

What are your business’ major sustainability risks and opportunities

Are your systems, work processes, staff and data up to the task of responding to a lower carbon business environment and changes in climate reporting?

For most businesses, the answer to some of these questions will be ‘no’. It is anticipated that every business will need to enhance their capability in this area.

To find out more information and timelines.

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