The BIAV is pleased to announce Irene Hoe as its President, becoming the first female president in the organisation’s 54 year history.
Irene Hoe has been the General Manager of Western Port Marina at Hastings since 1997. She will serve a two-year term as BIAV President and takes over from Paul Benjamin of Benjamin & Benjamin Insurance Group. “We want to thank Paul for his service as President and the many contributions that he has made during his leadership role,” said Steven Potts, CEO of BIAV. “As President he has lead the BIAV through a considerable amount of change and progress and for that we thank him greatly.”
A certified Marine Marina Manager with a Masters of Business Administration, Irene is currently undertaking a Masters in International Relations and is also an active member of the Marina Association.
Commenting on her election, Irene Hoe said, “The boating industry is set to play an increasing role in the economic development of Victoria with extensive population growth forecast to be located around the coast.
“The Victorian Boating Industry contributes $4.5 billion annually to the Victorian economy and has set an agenda to expand employment and promote lifestyle and the health benefits of boating and fishing.
“There are currently 268,336 current Marine Licences, 172,805 registered boats and 996,000* boating participants in Victoria (*Morgan Poll 2012 – Victorian and Tasmania). This is set to double by 2050 as people turn to BLUE open space for lifestyle and sporting activities.”
The network of successful boating, yachting and fishing clubs in Victoria, catering for all ages, is a strong foundation for increasing activity on the water and plays a major role in supporting thousands of Victorian small businesses, especially in country and regional Victoria, Ms Hoe said.
Access to water underpins considerable economic opportunities for Victoria that are being generated by the boating industry, including boat building, maintenance, repairs, storage, moorings, and boating destination tourism, said Steven Potts.
However, the major issue facing coastal management and planning in Victoria is the lack of any substantial source of ongoing funding to address the complex issues of the future coastal management, the demand of increased population, and the ongoing environmental management of our bays and coastal interface, Mr Potts said.
The BIAV also elected Theo Rozakis of M.Y. Marine as it’s new Vice President and Mark Crockford of Nautilus Marine Insurance as new member on the Board of Management and the Chandlery, Associations and Services Division.