Coffs home to a clean marina
COFFS Harbour International Marina and Yamba Marina have satisfied an accreditation process and become clean marinas.
Undergoing a 115-point environmental audit the North Coast marinas are the first in the region to be certified.
The assessment inspected and rated the marinas on mechanical activities, boat maintenance and storage; fuelling; facility management; mechanical, shipwright, boat repair and general workshops; emergency planning and equipment plus boaties education to ensure they were compliant with the Clean Marina Program
Marina Industries Association Executive Officer Colin Bransgrove said MIA was particularly pleased with the outcomes.
"It is the first time MIA has partnered with the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority to achieve an outcome that is good for the all parties involved," Mr Bransgrove said.
"It is also good for marina users, local communities and most importantly, the environment.
"These two marinas are the first marinas in the region to become Clean Marina accredited."
Elise Currey, Operations Manager at Coffs Harbour International Marina said Clean Marina status was important for such a high profile facility.
"We are responsible for a marina that attracts most tourists visiting Coffs Harbour, being a recognised Clean Marina is an another important demonstration of our commitment to environmental leadership," Ms Currey said.
John Williams, NRCMA Chair, said as the regional body supporting the sustainable use and management of our natural resources, the CMA was pleased to be able to initiate the involvement of Yamba and Coffs Harbour marinas in the Clean Marinas program.
"The Clean Marinas project is part of a larger program we have been implementing with marine industries in the region; to develop and promote uptake of best management practice in areas as diverse as recreational diving and commercial oyster farming," Mr Williams said.
Coffs and Yamba marinas join 58 Clean Marinas throughout Australia and South-East Asia.