National survey to make waves
TERRITORY recreational boaties can take part in a survey that aims to collect unprecedented information on one of Australia’s favourite pastimes.
The Australian Boaters Survey was launched at the recent Marine13 International Conference and Exhibition in Sydney and has been developed as a joint venture by the Boating Industries Alliance Australia and the Marina Industries Association.
Survey participants can win great prizes, including 12 months’ free boat insurance and EPIRBs.
The main aims of the survey are to quantify the economic scale of recreational boating in Australia and better understand the characteristics and behaviours of recreational boaties.
The survey will cover topics including the number of boats, boat characteristics, boating days, trips and locations, spending and boat owner characteristics.
Data will be used for recreational boating safety campaigns and infrastructure development.
It will also be used for planning, policy and investment decisions into the future.
Data analysis will be through the combined efforts of the Michigan State University-based Recreational Marine Research Centre and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Boaties who register will be informed by email with details about participating in the surveys.
By joining the panel of participants, boaties will be asked to record information about their most recent boating activity on a monthly basis for 12 months.
Go to australiaboatingsurvey.com/index.html