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1 July 2012

Shipmate News 01 July 2012

Victorian boatbuilders - Up the creek without a paddle

Had an interesting conversation with a Melbourne boatbuilder last week that rang in frustration regarding the fact that there is no longer any formal training available for his boatbuilding apprentices in Victoria.

The only TAFE-based, government-subsidized boatbuilding course in Victoria, run by Victoria University (VU) at its Newport campus, is closing down. The reason cited is State Government funding cuts to TAFE, which means a reduction in revenues requiring them to change their business models. 

Less than two years ago, in 2010, VU announced plans to relocate their boatbuilding apprenticeship and pre apprenticeship programs to a brand new facility at the Williamstown Maritime Association’s ‘Seaworks’ premises on Williamstown’s waterfront. That relocation never occurred

Late last year, Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan, speaking in Parliament suggested that the State Government tap into the $3.4m funding grant provided to VU in 2008 specifically to relocate its boatbuilding school from Newport to Williamstown and, redistribute those funds through Skills Victoria to help maintain the boatbuilding course until such time as an agreement is struck to save this vitally important program.

Ben Scullin of the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) said, “The Victorian boating industry is in danger of losing a generation of apprentices.” According to Scullin, last year around 40 students were enrolled in the boatbuilding courses. Earlier this year there were around 23 apprentices either signed up with, or waiting to be signed up to apprenticeships but, According to Scullin, due to the lack of suitable TAFE courses, there are now only 4 of those apprentices left in a system that will have no suitable course for them to attend after their first year.

The BIAV has been working with Gordon TAFE who has put forward a business case to government suggesting that for seed funding of $750k the Gordon could pick up the course, which VU has discontinued. To date there’s been no commitment to provide the funds.

According to a report by Ernst & Young (2008) about the economic value of boating to the Victorian economy, just in Port Phillip and Western Port alone, was valued at just under $1 billion per annum, add the rest of Victoria and… Well it soon adds up. The same report concluded that the boating industry around those two bays generated 13,420 full time jobs. 

The report went further, adding that putting those numbers in perspective they equate to; around two thirds the impact of the Port of Melbourne operations; comparative to the impact of Melbourne Airport and, approximately 7 times the value of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Co-incidentally, Racing Victoria recently received nearly $80m from the government and, for that matter Circus Oz was given $18m towards relocating their facilities.

Given those numbers it seems incredulous to me that for the sake of $750k we are in danger of losing valuable boatbuilding skills training in Victoria that’s vital in keeping the industry going into the future and, If we don’t get it? Then the boatbuilding industry in Victoria is likely to find itself ‘up the proverbial creek without the skills to build a paddle’ (pun intended).

Now, turning to other news and we’ve got a full edition with a good mix of marine news. Unfortunately no room left to tell you what we’ve got though so, scroll down and have a read.

Finally, just a quick reminder that we are about to start preparing the 2013 edition of Shipmate Marine Directory – The Victorian Boaters Essential Guide. If you have a current listing, please visit the website at and make sure you’re details are up to date and correct.

If you’re interested in advertising, please contact us at to record your interest, but be quick. Advertising sells out fast every year.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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To ski or fish- that is the question!

30 June 2012

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More guest stars added to Melbourne Boat Show

30 June 2012

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New 383 MAG Inboard 4V – a perfect repower for Bertram 28, 31 & 35s

29 June 2012

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The tide is changing at Coast Guard Hastings

28 June 2012

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No black art to corrosion

27 June 2012

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Call for Papers for Australian International Marine Conference

27 June 2012

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26 June 2012

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Superior marina planned for Victoria’s southwest

26 June 2012

Floatation specialist Superior has secured the contract to construct a 70-berth marina in the coastal town of Portland, in southwest Victoria. Catering for vessels up to 18m in length, along with a 40m tall ship, the Portland Harbour Marina development is part of the Portland Bay Coastal Infrastructure Plan. Superior CEO John Hogan said the... click for more

Club Marine scholarships awarded

22 June 2012

Club Marine, Australia’s largest provider of recreational boating insurance, together with the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Launceston, Tasmania, has proudly to announced the winners of its Club Marine Scholarships for students studying at the National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics. Club Marine Victoria State... click for more

Electrical lead safety recall

21 June 2012

Have you purchased a HPM electrical lead between 01 March and the 08 June 2012? If so, be aware that some products may be faulty and dangerous HPM Legrand is recalling selected extension lead sets. These products are branded HPM and there is a serious risk of electric shock. The affected units may have wires transposed within the cord and... click for more

Bellingham Marine announces 2013 calendar contest

21 June 2012

Bellingham Marine has proudly announced its sixth annual calendar photo contest. Winning photos will be featured in the Company’s wall calendar, which has become popular worldwide among marina professionals, boaters and non-boaters alike. Each year over 3000 copies are distributed. The company encourages marinas to get... click for more

Pacific PowerBoat magazine goes digital

20 June 2012

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Simrad specified for Flagship Riviera 75

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Crewsaver PFDs Launched in Australia

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Navigate your way to a Diesel Deal – on now

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New financial year looking good for Maritimo

19 June 2012

Gold Coast based luxury cruiser manufacturer, Maritimo, finished the financial year on firm ground and is confident that the slowly improving US export market will continue to gain momentum in 2012/13. The company has undergone a restructure in the past 12 months that has seen several key executive appointments made, a review of the range of... click for more

Marine Reserves plans are flawed and invalid

18 June 2012

The Federal Government has heralded its ambition to lead the world in environmental protection while at the same time denying Australians the right to go boating and fishing, with its announcement that it will create the largest marine reserve system in the world. The Australian peak boating body, the Boating Industries Alliance Australia,has... click for more

Variety proves a winner for Pacific Motor Yachts

18 June 2012

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Boating Syndication celebrates new Belize

18 June 2012

An excited group of owners applauded the official “christening” of their new Belize motor yacht at the Boating Syndication Australia (BSA) Sanctuary Cove boat show party. Johan Pronk came to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show to see his new boat for the first time. He signed on for a share in the 52-foot luxury cruiser,... click for more

Frankston Coast Guard looks forward to another 50 years

18 June 2012

Frankston Coast Guard, the oldest Coast Guard Flotilla in the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (AVCGA) is now offering a great opportunity to learn a range of marine skills including seamanship, boat handling, radio operations, navigation and first aid. They are looking for volunteers, both male and female to join the flotilla. ... click for more

Coalition delivers major upgrade at Mornington Pier

16 June 2012

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