KWM  NEWS    November 2023                   

Lithium-ion (vessel) Batteries

The debate around the safety of lithium-ion batteries continues. Insurance companies are now making heavy demands to mitigate the now well-recognised risks associated with these batteries. Needless to say, fire from any source on a marina can be catastrophic and is an ever-present risk.

Some marinas have resorted to inspecting vessels and if they don’t comply with recognized safety requirements (refer September KWM News) have banned such vessels from their marinas.

At this juncture, Management is refraining from such measures, instead, relying on the integrity and honesty of owner/skippers to take all possible measures (refer September KWM News) to protect themselves and our Marina from this risk.  Meanwhile, Management is keeping a watching brief on lithium-ion battery development and marina industry trends on how to manage this area of concern.  

Head Lease and Sublessee Compliance

As foreshadowed in September, Board and Management have been undertaking a review of our Head Lease and Subleases requirements as there have been amendments to Government leasehold property legislation and regulation. A particular area of concern is compliance with public liability insurance demands under the legislation.

A legal firm has been engaged that specializes in property law and provides advice to other marinas in Queensland. Early indications suggest some difficult and complex issues need to be addressed. As this work reaches completion, probably in the March quarter next year, any impacts on members and tenants will be communicated.

2023 AGM

Another reminder for the 2023 AGM set down for 3.00pm Friday 1st December 2023. If you cannot attend, we encourage members to give their proxies to another (attending) member, director or the Chair. Your vote is important. Access via Zoom will be provided for non-attending members however voting cannot be accommodated through this medium. Please refer to the statutory AGM documents emailed at the end of October for more details.

Again, this year the meeting venue is the Buddina Tennis Club.

Christmas Party

The Marina Christmas party this year will be held on Friday the 15th December 2023 starting at 4.00pm through to 8.00pm. Food and drinks will be supplied, and once again we will be having live music. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the year with other Berth owners, tenants and staff. We hope to see you there.

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