Berth Owners and Marina Tenants – Spring Update
4th September 2017
Welcome this this update, grab a coffee as there’s stacks to talk about as the marina team have been busy over winter.
Spring is here, I know I speak for everyone in saying I’m so glad that another Melbourne winter is now behind us. It’s true, you can smell that spring is in the air, as we await the ‘tea tree to blossom’ to mark the start of another snapper season!
The AFL season now in finals mode and according to the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) the Victorian recreational boating season begins as soon as the AFL Grand Final siren has sounded, ending typically after the Easter break six months later.
Marina Emergency Management Plan
Your safety, together with the safety of our visitors and staff is of prime importance.
We take safety very seriously at Wyndham Harbour.
Download your copy of our ‘Marina Emergency Management Plan’, a plan that Brad Lakeman our Marina Operations Manager has meticulously created.
Our plan has been reviewed and approved by CFA, the responsible authority. Thanks to Daryl Wills at Werribee CFA, for working closely with us to create this plan.
Please ensure you read the Marina Emergency Management Plan and be prepared to follow the Plan in an emergency situation.
Any questions, please contact our office immediately.
This plan may change from time-to-time without notice, so a current a copy is always available for download from our new website.
Our New Website
Have you explored our new website yet?
Our new Wyndham Harbour website went live for the Melbourne Boat Show and has loads of good and helpful information for the boatie, the apartment buyer and property investor.
For the boaties, start at the ‘marina’ link and explore loads of meaningful content.
Marina visitors can book an overnight stay, members can pay your marina account online, you can download marina maps, view marina services, buy Wyndham Harbour stuff at our online store or just explore ‘things-to-do’ around the local area.
Our ‘Weather’ page is comprehensive for the boatie; be it power or sail. You can elect to receive my weekly Beach N’ Bay report video, directly to your inbox each Thursday.
This is the video that for the past two years, I’ve created for the ‘Life’s Better With A Boat campaign for the Boating Industry Association of Victoria and goes out to 20,000 boaties every Thursday.
The purpose of the video is to share the boating forecast for the coming weekend, see what events are on, in/around our waterways and to know where to go boating in those forecast conditions. It’s bound to make you safer and better educated out on the water.
Take a look for yourself….
Webcam – HD vision across Port Phillip (now operational)
Check the conditions before you go boating, is our safety message. To achieve this, we’ve installed a terrific new webcam, high above the marina, which captures a <live> video stream in full HD, to our new website, your tablet and/or your smartphone.
The camera is located high on top of a light pole on the Central Spine and it automatically follows a predetermined tour that captures the views of Melbourne’s CBD and sweeps along Port Phillip, it covers the main entrance channel to Wyndham Harbour marina, it sweeps into the marina, across to our fuel dock location and back again. It runs all day and every day, best viewing is in daylight hours.
Access is free, you’ll just need to subscribe the first time, using your valid email address.
It’s ONLINE now, so give it a try!
Finally, built and now fully operational. The new Amenities Building looks great on the Central Spine and several boaties and residents have commented positively on the buildings design and the timber finish really blends into the surrounds.
The building features public toilets (during daylight hours) and when they are closed, your marina fob or access code will give you entry. There’s also a ‘members only’ Fish Cleaning Station.
FIRE CART RELOCATION
The two portable fire carts that were outside our marina office are now permanently located in the Fish Cleaning Station at the Port Phillip Bay end of the new Amenities Building.
Remember, your marina fob and/or access code gets you into the ‘members only areas’ within this facility.
Fish Cleaning Station
Our Fish Cleaning Station was designed and built by berth owner David Fry (B05) and is located on the Port Phillip end of the Amenities Building.
Despite what OC recently wrote, 24/7 entry is for ‘marina members only’ and not for the general public. Again, entry is via your fob and/or access code.
Some berth owners have said the Fish Cleaning Station is ‘too small’. Remember folks, this is Melbourne and not Bermagui so this table would easily cope with the filleting of several 6-8kg snapper or your bag limit of squid. So enjoy using the free members facility and if you still think we need to make the table bigger, then we will!
Please use the rubbish bins provided for your fish waste and general rubbish as we don’t want to pollute the bay by flushing the waste down the sink.
Seal The Loop
Zoos Victoria is untangling the threats to marine wildlife by providing specially designed bins for popular fishing spots across Victoria. Seal the Loop bins are designed specifically so wildlife and weather won’t be able to pull the rubbish back out. Each year thousands of marine birds, mammals and fish are killed or injured due to poorly discarded fishing line. While Zoos Victoria provides veterinary care for many wildlife entanglement victims, you can help reduce the threats to marine wildlife by placing any used fishing waste into a Seal the Loop bin. More than just a bin Since 2010 the Seal the Loop bins have captured an estimated 23 km of fishing line. More than 200 bins at popular fishing locations across Victoria’s coastline and waterways.
Three are located at the end of the Central Spine and one is located on the public fishing platform on the Southern Breakwall.
Special thanks to Brad Lakeman for working with Zoo Victoria for making this wonderful initiative possible and to Blake Jobson for installing them for us. Thanks guys….
New Staff Member
Brad Lakeman and I welcome our newest team member; Steve Di Sauro to the role as our ‘Marina Assistant’.
Steve replaces Dylan Tibbits and brings with him a wealth of boating experience and an abundance of local Port Phillip knowledge. Having worked as both a skipper and crew on charter fishing and commercial vessels right here in Port Phillip, be sure to ask Steve for a local fishing tip!
Steve is a certified Coxswain and is on deck with us over busy weekends and weekdays to assist our members, visitors and marina guests. Steve will be on duty in a full-time capacity from October to April each year. Please join me, in welcoming Steve to our marina team.
Fuel Dock Update
I am well and truly aware that back in March, our Wyndham Harbour Management Team promised our fuel dock will be operational ‘shortly’ as we await final Council approval. In fact, during our March residents and berth owners meeting, I proudly showed you all our pre-paid fuel cards that were ready to go.
Sadly, it’s September and are still waiting for Councils approval as we continue to harass them daily.
Like our boat owners, we too are really frustrated and disappointed that we are still waiting. We realize that the boat owners can’t easily refuel which is a real pain in the A. I know we are missing out on fuel sales revenues plus some boat owners who want to moor at Wyndham Harbour permanently, won’t commit until the fuel dock is operational. So, this delay is hitting us in so many ways too.
At the time of writing, we are still hopeful of completion before this summer. Fingers Crossed.
A word to council without my desired expletives; “friggin hurry up”.
-PRESS RELEASE –
The Australian Offshore Powerboat Club is excited to announce its next race in the Victorian series; The Wyndham Harbour Powerboat Championship on the 9th and 10th of September Co-hosted by the Wyndham Harbour Marina.
The thrills and spills of Offshore powerboat racing are sure to create excitement on the waters of Port Philip Bay.
With a great response from the local community and boating public after the first race in February of this year, Wyndham Harbour Marina are actively involved in hosting the event.
Marina manager Darren Finkelstein said the marina is very excited to be part of the action. “Powerboats and powerboat racing is an exciting sport for both competitors and spectators. As one of the Bays newest marina developments we see this event as a natural fit for our members and local boat owners. Powerboat racing is not only an exciting event to watch, the safety and performance improvements from racing flow through to every day boater”.
Whilst the event will see some local and interstate hi performance Offshore Super boats, classes are available for the everyday single engine mono hull boat, ski boat or hi performance pleasure boat. Club Commodore Simon Isherwood said “Whilst we are excited to have some of Australia’s best Offshore super boats, for us the event is as much about getting anyone interested in offshore racing involved in the sport. We have classes to cater for all boats, and manage the event in a friendly and safe manner.” The entry list includes Haines, Eden Craft, Coota Craft, Natwell and Velocity hulls.
The race starts at 12.00pm on Sunday 10th September with the boats running on the 10km course between Wyndham Harbour and Campbells Cove. Boats will be on display at Wyndham Harbour Marina from 1.00pm Saturday 9th September
Because Joes Cafe is closed for much needed renovations, both Sudha and I have arranged several food trucks and coffee to attend. Blake Jobson has kindly arranged for a local school to operate a sausage sizzle as a fundraising activity, so please support them and make them feel welcome here at Wyndham Harbour.
Save the date, the 9th and 10th of September
The Wyndham Harbour Powerboat Championship.
Event and race enquiries:
Antony de Fina
0411 648 487
Course Chart for Offshore Powerboat Championship
Parks Victoria and the Offshore Powerboat Association gave us the following chart for circulation to our marina members.
This event has been approved by Parks Victoria and Maritime Safety Victoria.
The race course has been set by Parks Victoria and will be circulated as part of their ‘notice to Mariners update’. The course will be patrolled by Coast Guard, Water Police and other government agencies.
Parks Victoria are the responsible authority for circulating a ’Notice to Mariners’ which will be affixed to our Marina Office window before the race weekend and is available from the Parks website: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/
Weather Warning Service
Over the next week, we will be rolling out our ‘weather warning alert service’. This service will advise our Berth Owners and Marina Tenants of when the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issues a warning for the waters of Port Phillip.
At this time, you will automatically receive a free text message from us outlining the warning.
The advance warning means that you can come down to the marina; check your mooring lines, the operation of your bilge, ensure your boat covers are on correctly and securely fastened.
After discussion with Club Marine Insurance following the recent ‘Tropical Cyclone Debbie’ with the devastation to Hamilton Island, Airlie Beach and surrounds our idea of a simple text message sent several hours in advance of a weather event to boat owners, reduces the risk of damage to your vessel and property.
This is a free service from Wyndham Harbour, naturally you can unsubscribe at any time.
Wyndham Harbour Boat Club
Your Marina Management Team are very keen to establish the: ‘Wyndham Harbour Boat Club’.
The intention of our ‘Boat Club’ is to offer social events, educational programs for both adults and school kids, school holiday programs and a member benefit offering, from our future food, beverage and retail tenants.
We have mixture of both sailing craft and powerboats moored here at Wyndham Harbour, so we are thinking that both a ‘sailing group’ and ‘power boat group’ known as the: ‘Wyndham Harbour Boat Club’ can nicely coexist.
We anticipate our ‘Boat Club’ will have affiliation to a parent body such as ‘Sailing Victoria’ under the ‘Australian Sailing’ banner and charter. Interestingly, Sailing Victoria does cater for and support, both sailing craft and power boats.
Moving forward, and given we have already have a few interested sailors that are keen to proceed… it will be easier to establish the sailing group first, then establish the power boat group later. Consequently, our first task is to find out who’s interested in being involved in the ‘foundation committee’ to establish these groups.
If you think you’d like to know more and/or get involved, then I’m holding an information night over the coming weeks to explain my current thinking.
Date/time tbc. Please give me a call on 0418-379 369 or email email@example.com to register your interest.
That’s all folks, there’s is still plenty to be done.
Enjoy spring boating.
Safe Boating Always
M: 0418-379 369
W: 03) 9233-8530