Photography by MIA
The announcement of the Awards came at the culmination of a most successful Marinas19 International Conference and Trade Show that attracted 300 participants.
Colin Bransgrove, Executive Officer of the Marina Industries Association praised category winners and said “The MIA and Board were thrilled with the number and quality of entries this year”.
“All winners were well-deserved and it was heartening to see a noticeable increase in investment and professionalism in operations, processes, marketing and all aspects of the businesses.
“We are committed to nurturing Australian marinas and their personnel to ensure they are ready with the required facilities and service ethos, not just for the forecast influx of superyachts from around the region, but also to offer high quality service to the local market.”
Best Community Engagement by a Marina: Abell Point Marina, QLD
Best Environmental Initiative by a Marina: South of Perth Yacht Club, WA
Best Marina Restaurant: Southport Yacht Club, QLD
Best International Marina: Bays of Islands Marina, NZ; finalists: Sanya Serenity Marina, China and Westhaven Marina, NZ
Best Innovation by a Marina: Australian Superyacht Rendezvous at Gold Coast City Marina
Club of The Year: South of Perth Yacht Club, WA; finalists: Royal Motor Yacht Club, Broken Bay, NSW and Southport Yacht Club, QLD
Best Commercial Marina – Under 140 Boats: Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, QLD; finalist: Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, QLD
Best Commercial Marina over 140 Boats: Abell Point Marina, QLD
Best Boat Yard – Up To 20 Boats: Fenwicks Marina, NSW
Best Boat Yard Over 20 Boats: Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, QLD; finalist: The Yard, QLD.
Port Denarau Marina, Fiji was also awarded entry into the Hall of Fame in the category of Best International Marina.
MIA President Andrew Chapman congratulated all the winners, finalists and entrants that contributed to such a successful Awards evening.