Superior supports ballet at Bleach* Festival

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Superior will provide a serene and stable on-water platform for some of the country’s most talented performers, dancing under the stars, centre stage in Currumbin Estuary as part of this year’s Bleach* Festival, 4 to 20 March 2016

Superior’s Elite pontoon will be the floating stage for some of the stars of the Queensland Ballet performing in an original production, titled“Shifting Sands”.

Working with the Gold Coast’s world famous natural landscapes as unconventional venues, Bleach* Festival celebrates the city’s best artists, as well as welcoming renowned Australian and international collaborators in a range of accessible events.

The world premiere of Shifting Sands is a free, outdoor extravaganza, unlike anything the Gold Coast has ever seen, supported – quite literally – by Superior Jetties.

Hovering on the tidal waters of the Currumbin Estuary, Superior’s Elite pontoon will provide the stage, while the sand of the creek banks will form the seating and the surrounding vantage points are the perfect natural auditorium for large audiences.

“We are anticipating an audience of between 2,000 and 3,000,” states Creative Director, Donna Jackson. “The Superior pontoon will be the only fixed point in a performance that will be continually dynamic, showing how people from all walks of life use the water.”

Shifting Sands will involve a cast of 60, plus five talented dogs, and feature a stunning performance by the Queensland Ballet’s Jette Parker, subtle soundscapes, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, life savers, dragon boats, synchronised swimmers, circus and dance, accompanied by narration from local voices and the sounds of accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Bobby Alu.

“Superior’s pontoon will be called upon to extend our usable space for a diversity of uses. It has to be stable, secure, safe, anchored stage for the performers, and demonstrates that man-made objects are important parts of our aquatic landscape too.”

Superior CEO, John Hogan says he believes Bleach* Festival is integral to the identity and sense of place of Gold Coasters and visitors to this special place and he is proud to be a Gold Sponsor, supporter and participant in this original production.

“We will be providing a great stable platform on which to present this amazing visual spectacle under the rays of the setting sun,” he says.

“Just as a pontoon is an intimate extension of the on-water experience, so too is Bleach* an homage to our aquatic fixation. Over four nights for Shifting Sands, the Elite pontoon will be an esoteric prop for dance, drama, performance, appreciation of the natural environment and a practical station for receiving all kinds of vessels, from standup paddleboards to luxury tenders – just as it is at a marina or residence.

“Superior is thrilled to be part of this iconic Gold Coast festival with global reach, particularly in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games when the spotlight will be on our region and its incredible diversity, natural assets and vibrant culture.”

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Industrial Mining pump pontoons

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Superior’s industrial brand offer floating pump pontoons that offer a complete tailings recovery system which will improve your operating budget. Talk to Superior today for an ROI.

Pump pontoons options can be used in a variety of additional tasks such as dewatering pits, flood relief, sewerage pontoons, irrigation pontoons for agricultural dams and associated floating access gangways are some of the requirements for which Superior can provide solutions.


Living on the edge

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An integral part of the Gold Coast identity and lifestyle is our vast stretch of pristine beaches, a canal system larger than Venice’s, the Broadwater, Straddie and our ease of access to the sea, the Reef and beyond.

Boaties certainly enjoy the liberty to explore our waterways and offshore, and Superior is there to supply pontoons, boat lifts and marina berths. But as CEO, John Hogan explains, “the on-water lifestyle is fundamental to work-life balance, whether you own a boat or not. Superior makes infrastructure that is accessible to all people, not just only owners”.

“As work-life balance becomes more vital for our health and well-being, the waterfront is a magnet for people seeking to revitalise body and soul. Whether swimming, walking on the sand or pathways, kayaking, standup paddle boarding or sailing, enjoying time on the water provides a connection to nature we all find enriching.”

In Sydney’s Rose Bay, Currumbin on the Gold Coast and hundreds of locations around lakes, inlets and even on the breakers, fitness entrepreneurs are tapping into this fundamental urge to enjoy the water with ‘Work out on Water sessions’ involving SUPs, kayaks and other aquatic gear.

“You see people of all skill levels doing yoga and Pilates on SUPs, and then there are the myriad kayak and jetski groups on the Broadwater at Wavebreak Island and even on the lake at Evandale,” observes John. “Plenty more just jog on the foreshore, have a picnic or meal at a waterfront venue and just enjoy the view.

John recounts the story of a recent customer who had relocated his family to the Gold Coast, but continued to commute to Brisbane each day. “He had 20 year old pontoon in need of repair. He asked us if we could you make it look new again. We stripped it back, replaced some of the deck, made an infill panel in aluminium and added new carpet and a fender on the outside. Then he wanted a jetski dock. He bought a wakeboarding boat and a seapen to keep it in. He came back to us and bought another skidock for the kids’ tinnie, and told us they bought SUPs for Christmas.

“Every weekend, as a family, they go wakeboarding and paddling. It’s big commitment in terms of investment, but it speaks volumes about their love of the water, the importance of work-life balance and quality time as a family.

“On the Gold Coast, and much of Australia, we have the water lifestyle at our doorstep. It’s part of our psyche, whether you live on it, or have to drive to walk along the shorefront – it’s part of us and part of the visual landscape.”

Good for you!

Studies show watersports are good for every aspect of our health and well-being:

  • The brain releases feel-good endorphins, plus a dip in the water cools you off and makes you feel energised to work out.
  • Skills: Many watersports carry a degree of skill mastery, which keeps your brain active and focused on the task at hand, as well as being good for your self-esteem. Experts consider this a form of meditation for a busy or stressed mind.
  • Fun factor: instead of the tedium of the gym, playing in or on the water is a great way to burn energy and keep fit.
  • Vitamin D: in small doses, sunshine helps the body create Vitamin D which is great for all-round health and helps elevate your mood.
  • Natural attraction: exercising in nature benefits your mind and your mood and clears the mind ahead of a busy day.
  • Feel good factor: being around water just makes us feel good. Numerous studies have shown the calming effects of waves and water, the favourite soothing sounds of meditation music.

Birkenhead Point Marina floating office becomes the hub

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Since its official opening in September, the upgraded Birkenhead Point Marina, on Iron Cove Bay, Sydney has been attracting a new wave of visitors and clients.

The 18 month redevelopment, undertaken by Superior Jetties, improves the facilities and amenities available to tenants and the Sydney boating public.

According to Marina Manager, Philip McGowen, the most significant additions include the new A arm jetty with 14 berths for super yachts up to 40m, a full-service floating fuel dock and a floating kiosk for drinks, snacks, ice, bait and essential boating items.

The marina now has a total of 201 berths as well as onshore kayak storage.

Luke Tapfner, Superior Jetties project manager said that the floating multi-use office and kiosk was part of the original concept and he worked closely with the marina team on the design and planning.

“The brief was to create a floating platform for central office that would provide ease of access and act as a café, office, multi-task area that people could notice, rather than being hidden away.

“We established what size they wanted it, designed the electricity and waste water requirements and then estimated the right weights and building materials to get the correct freeboard to meet up with the marina,” explains Luke.

The finished product comprises four Elite pontoons, chosen for their ease of joining. The structure is located in a central position, adjacent to the fuel dock and, as Phil asserts, it has become something of a social hub.

“We love it! It’s great. It’s very stable, right in the thick of things. Everybody comments on it. It’s a deep maroon colour and very well signed, with tables and chairs out the front and the smell of fresh coffee. It has become a real hub.”


Hamilton Island ramps up its watersports

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Hamilton Island ramps up its watersports

The team at Hamilton Island Marina are serious about watertoys, which are among the most popular activities on this idyllic enclave in The Whitsundays.

James Burrell and crew recently added more jet ski docks to their already existing infrastructure, which also comprises floating kayak storage for up to 20 craft, and a selection of water sports equipment manufactured on Queensland’s Gold Coast by Superior Jetties.

The Marina is busy all year round with 100% occupancy this time of year and as many as 1,200 visitors keen to enjoy the island lifestyle, according to James, which means his team have to be ready, willing and able to supply gear and instruct guests on the use of Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPS), jet skis, catamarans and kayaks.


“Although winter is the peak season for Hamilton Island, with southerners escaping the cold, we are in demand year round when it comes to watersports.

“We have a team of eight in our watersports team at Catseye Beach, running hobie cats, kayaks and SUPs. And at Qualia resort, we have a team of five instructors who cater to windsurfing and SUP lessons.”

Keeping the island’s equipment and infrastructure fresh and appealing is a major priority. “There is huge capital investment in the upkeep of the island, which has included a recent extension on the marina as well. Every year, particularly prior to Race Week in August, we introduce new activities, new venues and new equipment.”

The watersports team offers guided Jet ski tours around the island, conducting up to four or five per day. “It’s a very popular activity,” explains James. “We need to have a stable, reliable and durable docking structure for our jet skis as they represent a major investment.”

Superior installed its flexible floating modular structure using the UMD system with dogbone connectors. The ski docks a manufactured on the Gold Coast from high grade polyethylene with no moving parts, therefore they have a low cost of ownership for commercial operators.

“We have a long history of using Superior Jetties jet ski docks because they supply a quality product and excellent service,” says James. “Whenever we upgrade, we go back to Superior because their products always work. John Hogan and his team always have a solution to keep up with model of jet skis when we upgrade.”

Another piece of essential equipment which has recently enjoyed docking on a Superior pontoon is the island’s 5.8m Brig RIB, used as a tender and chase boat for events on the island.

James is anticipating a busy summer period, driven by the convenience of the marina’s location adjacent to the Hamilton Island airport.

“Our biggest selling point is direct flights from the capital cities. People can fly up, arrive at lunchtime Friday and spend the weekend in paradise. We are just 10 minutes from the airport with concierge service.”


Broadwater Parklands Stage 3 Boat Ramps and Landing Pontoon

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Superior Group is proud to be part of stage 3 of the Broadwater Parklands redevelopment in Southport on the Gold Coast. Together with JFM Civil Superior Jetties is building a large 4 lane boat ramp and a 30 metre long jetting with a 6 metre wide landing pontoon directly on the broadwater. Making this one of the easiest ways to access the Gold Coast waterways and broadwater. Superior has chosen the strongest and most stable pontoon for the job, the Superior Elite Pontoon. Designed for heaviest conditions to ensure the safest pontoon for you and your family. Based at the northern end of the redevelopment, the boat ramps and landing pontoon has direct access from the M1 via smith street bypassing all city centres. Fantastic access to the water and nearing completion soon.


Monaco Yacht Show – 25 super years and growing

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The world’s largest gathering of superyachts was held 23 to 26 September in the Principality of Monaco. There were 121 boats on water and hundreds of exhibitors from the yachting accessory and luxury good market.

Superior CEO, John Hogan was there as part of the Australian contingent with AIMEX-Superyacht Australia. John observed that while business is on the up, “The superyacht industry does have challenges with targeting new markets and various companies are employing innovative methods find these markets.”

Of course, the Asian market is of particular interest as this is where the ratio of superyacht ownership in comparison to High Net Worth Individuals is the lowest. In China alone there was a recorded 2,378,000 millionaires in 2013, compared to the US at 7,135,000 millionaires, according to Boston Consulting Group’s 2014 Global Wealth Report. China’s millionaire growth skyrocketed in 2014, up 82%, while the US grew 18% in the same period.

Many of the Italian yacht brands and brokers such as Fraser Yachts and Burgess are setting up offices in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Phuket.

Another factor determining industry growth and visitation is marina infrastructure, which still impacts on skippers’ decisions on where to visit.

“It also is a tangible limiting factor with a skipper confirming his advice for an owner not to go any more than 5-metres in length with a new build replacement due to too few berths available for their current 50-metre vessel in Australia,” said John.


Patterson Lakes Replacement Jetty Program Melbourne Water

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Superior Jetties has been working closely with Melbourne Water to provide replacement jetties for commercial and residential residents of Patterson Lakes. Over 4 years in this development residents had a choice of replacing their old timber jetties for new or upgrade to concrete floating pontoons. If you need a replacement jetty or looking to upgrade call Superior Jetties, we have an onsite engineering team and years of experience to help provide you with your new pontoon or jetty.

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