The Queensland ACA Branch held its Christmas function at the Coomera, Gold Coast, Boat Works facility, a 55 acre site, recently constructed to service the superyacht industry. 

As it became apparent that functions were back on, the Queensland committee set about organising the function at breakneck speed, to ensure we bookended the year on a positive note. 
At short notice a better than expected crowd enjoyed a meal and in-person conviviality at the Boat Works Galley Restaurant.  The attendees were then treated to a tour of the facility by Shane Subichin, the General Manager.  Shane explained how the hardstand was constructed by removing all manner of detritus, old cars, containers and ship hulls from the mangrove swamps and then infilled.  The yard and marina caters for yachts and craft of many types and sizes.  The Boat Works boasts the Gold Coast’s largest ship lift, a 300 ton behemoth.  Some yacht owners prefer their craft to be stored dry and covered, costs can be up to $450 per day, which apparently works out as great value when cleaning, power and maintenance is taken into account.  One superyacht even racked up a $5,000 a week power bill!The tour was great success and thanks to John Triebe and Corrotek and Wayne Burns and Anode Engineering for sponsoring the event.  Even more of a success was that the ACA Queensland community have now announced they are back to doing what they do best, building great friendships and learning about various industries and maintenance of assets. 

The Queensland committee look forward to seeing our members in 2021, with a full schedule of events already planned. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at the ACA.