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Mayor’s Message

Mayor’s Message

With 70km of pristine coastline, 270km of navigable waterways and a climate that boasts 300+ days a year of sunshine, Gold Coast provides a heaven on earth for boat lovers.


This is part of the reason that Boat Gold Coast has become a must-read for the local recreational boaties. It tells the stories that matter through the work of 70 contributing writers and photographers and provides a guide to the growth of this vitally important economic sector of our local economy.


The Gold Coast marine industry has over 600 actively trading businesses, supports close to 2,000 full-time equivalent jobs and generates an estimated $545 million in expenditure. This is aside from another $312 million in exports. Source: SGS Economics and Planning


The fact that this magazine is distributed across South East Queensland and attracts online readers from around the world helps boost not only visitation to Gold Coast, but also generates orders for both finished craft and ancillary equipment.


The Gold Coast Marine Precinct at Coomera – Australia’s boating industry capital – is now a thriving employment hub generating hundreds of jobs onsite and thousands more along the supply chain. Such is the craftsmanship and jaw-dropping beauty of the marine craft being produced here, the precinct has become a tourist destination in itself.


The City is now home to more than 40,000 registered watercraft, serviced by hundreds of marine-related businesses and around 20 private and commercial marinas.


If you want to keep pace with recreational boating and the thriving economic sector on the Gold Coast, I encourage you to read Boat Gold Coast to stay informed, educated and entertained. You’ll get independent and accurate insights. It’s a great read!


I am also taking this opportunity to welcome the members and delegates of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO), the leaders of marine industry associations and owners and managers of the leading boat shows from around world, who will converge in our city for International Boating Week on 22-28 May 2017. I also welcome the speakers and participants at the ASMEX Conference in the same week, as well as the visitors at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. These events offer a great opportunity to showcase the city’s magnificent waterways and the Gold Coast boating lifestyle to domestic and international visitors.