Boating Western Australia
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Boating Western Australia Inc is a non profit, incorporated association representing the broad range of recreational boating interests across the state. Boating Western Australia Inc. has been established to assist with the needs of those interested in boating so that they may have a central body to relate to in matters of common interest, social contact and the acquisition of further knowledge about boating and associated activities.
BoatingWA was formed in 1998 by a meeting of interested boating people who wanted a statewide group to represent the interests of the common boater and fisher. The original committee was made up of these people and included: Rodney Greville-Collins, Neville Foster, Charles Milner, Barry Newton, Brian Cain, Brian Clapp, Colin Cornish, Ronald Davenport and Colin Wilson. They combined with BOAT (Boat Owners AssociaTion) later in 1998 and with RIMLA (Rottnest Island Mooring Licencees Association) in 2000. In 2002 they formed the Hillarys Boat Harbour Penholders Association committee. In 2003 they signed a memorandum of understanding with Yachting Western Australia, after a misunderstanding that there was duplication. In 2004 Swan Yacht Club became the first "affiliate member" after a change to the constitution. In 2005 the founding president won the inaugural Marine industry Award for "boatman of the year". In 2007 they employed the first staff member and opened a "shop front" office in South Fremantle, Western Australia (1 Capo D'Orlando Drive). In 2008 they celebrated 10 years of serving the boating public of Western Australia and are still a voice of the boating public to this day.