“The Most Highly Awarded Sydney Marina”
Since its inception in 2006, Empire Marina Bobbin Head has been a luminary in the marina industry, and a staple of uncompromising quality. The Bobbin Head location was acquired in 2006 by Empire Marinas, and underwent and extensive re-development which saw completion in 2008, allotting a capacity of two hundred floating berths, full service facilities as well as seventy car parking spaces. The facility was developed to exceed industry standards and codes to shake up the competition in today’s market. The marina’s location is also of significance, being iwithin the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park; this “famous boating location dates back to the late 1800s and has tourism roots as the former home of the Halvorsen hire fleet during the seventies and eighties” described by director Mr Darren Vaux. Many Sydneysiders had their first weekend away on a boat on a Halvorsen cruiser from the site.
From Empire Marina Bobbin Head’s modest beginnings, they’ve now become what Mr Vaux articulates as “a one stop shop, and gateway for peoples boating lifestyles.” In this regard, Empire Marina Bobbin Head provide their customers with services which include; boat storage for vessels 8 metres up to 30 meters, full on site maintenance services, new and second hand brokerage and the convenience of a great kiosk and bottleshop. With many of their trade specialists being on site, this brings and entire new element of convenience to their patrons. This operational prowess coupled with outstanding facilities has contributed to Empire Marina Bobbin Head receiving accreditation and their rating as a “5 Gold Anchor” marina, the highest level available.
Empire Marina Bobbin Head is also able to provide an added sense of social inclusion for Sydney residents as well as surrounding regions. They’re located in the upper north shore , just a short half hour drive from the Sydney CDB, which positions them as a gateway to the sheltered waters of Broken Bay, with convenient access to Cowan Water, Brisbane Water, Pittwater, Hawkesbury River as well as a close proximity to Sydney Harbour.
Empire Marina Bobbin Head looks to accommodate not only boat owners, but the broad spectrum of consumers and tourists whom would like to visit the marina. “One of our key missions is to make the marina feel inviting and open to the broader community, whether you’re a boat owner or not.” Mr Vaux explains. This is an example of the dedication to constantly evolving leadership initiatives by Empire Marina Bobbin Head, and the application of such initiatives with respect to promoting and expanding tourism within the marina industry.
It goes without being said, that a company of such stature is inclined to their fair share of awards within their trophy cabinet. Empire Marina Bobbin Head are two time winners of “Australian Marina of the Year” as well as their “5 Gold Anchor” status, which is recognized under the International Rating Scheme for Marinas. Not to be overshadowed by their induction as the first marina into the Hall of Fame for marinas in Australia. There will undoubtedly be more to come, when you factor in what Mr Vaux describes as being in a “constant improvement process”, and are striving to continue the enhancement of the facilities offerings, operational strengths, and remaining a cutting edge marina into the foreseeable future. This is also includes a dedicated approach to reducing their carbon footprint and continuing to operate in an environmentally conscious manner. Empire Marina Bobbin Head has also been labelled a “Clean Marina” and a “fish friendly” marina in this regard.
Empire Marina Bobbin Head has built robust and streamlined relationships with its key stakeholders and customers, which has contributed in large part to the marinas efficiencies in relation to innovation and delivery of quality assurance. Empire Marina Bobbin Head recognizes that this would not be possible without the support of stakeholders, industry associations, as well as their customers and community. The Australian marina industry is heavily reliant on industry organisations to act as catalysts for research and development processes. That being said, the marina as well as Mr Vaux stay extremely active in engaging with such organisations. Mr Vaux is the current chairman for “The Boating Industry Alliance of Australia”, the current Vice-President of the “Marina Industry Association of Australia”, and was also the past president as well as now a current board member of the “Boating Industry Association of NSW & SA”.
Mr Vaux explains that he has been in the Marina industry his entire life, firstly as customer and boating enthusiast. “They say you shouldn’t make your hobby your career… They’re wrong”, he said He remains dedicated to the industry, and expressed “the salt gets in your veins”. This passion and dedication from both him and Empire Marina’s as a whole, should see them continue their track record of accomplishment, and propel the industry’s success to greater depths.
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