Superyacht Australia, the peak body for the Australian superyacht sector, held its last committee meeting of the year in Cairns

Reef Marina Port Douglas

Reef Marina in Port Douglas

Superyacht Australia, the peak body for the Australian superyacht sector, held its last committee meeting of the year in Cairns.

The committee meet twice annually in order to support Superyacht Australia’s initiatives and offer expert industry advice on the direction Superyacht Australia should take to drive home Australian capability and promote Australia as a destination for the global superyacht fleet. Government lobbying is another key focus of the committee.

The meeting was hosted by Advance Cairns at their office boardroom, which provided the committee with the opportunity to meet with Stuart Cowen, Policy and Economic Development Coordinator at Advance Cairns, who is very supportive of Superyacht Australia’s lobbying attempts to simplify charter regulations for foreign-flagged vessels in Australia. Cairns is likely to be one of the biggest beneficiaries if the government listens and removes growth impediments for the industry.

Following the meeting, Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef hosted their annual Christmas networking function for visiting and resident captains, crew, stakeholders and local members. Superyacht Australia supported this event and had a strong contingent of committee members present to network with the industry in Cairns.

The following day Superyacht Australia was invited to tour Reef Marina in Port Douglas for an update on the marina’s recent redevelopments. Robert Cruz, general manager of Reef Marina, facilitated the tour and invited the committee on board MY Beluga for lunch.

“It was a great pleasure hosting the Superyacht Australia committee members here at The Reef Marina in Port Douglas during their visit to FNQ,” he says. “I was able to introduce the group to our recently completed superyacht expansion and associated marina services. The marina can now cater for up to 16 vessels sized from 24m to 40m-plus.”

Cairns is a vibrant hub of superyacht activity and there is a move to make this Superyacht Australia meeting an annual event in this region.