The outdoor recreational market is a billion dollar industry predominately driven and supported by SMEs. But with hundreds of thousands of individuals and families exploring the outdoors weekly, why are so many policies around access, enjoyment, growth and participation devoid of any appreciation of how those policies affect SMEs.
Recreational fishing supports a multi-million dollar trade and tackle sector in Australia predominately propped up by hard-working SMEs in small towns. What does the market look like and what are the policy challenges going forward?
SMEs and the PWC Market
The jet ski or more appropriately termed Personal Water Craft (PwC) market in Australia is a million dollar market helping sustain hundreds of small SME dealers. Yet policy makers want them gone or herded up into small unsustainable areas with no valid explanation as to why.
Dirt bikes can be split up into four key sectors: road, adventure, motorcross and enduro. Combined they are worth hundreds of millions of dollars and again support thousands of SMEs. What are the challenges facing the industry and why are policy makers not paying attention to the off-road SME market?
ATVs and Side-By-Sides
There is some wonderful work being undertaken to maintain a viable ATV and side-by-side market in Australia which we support 100%. Again this is a market that supports thousands of SMEs. Let’s dispel some of the myths.
The economic and social multiplier of governments investing in boating
The boating and light marine sector - amongst other allied sectors like yachting - deliver a significant economic benefit to national economies. But what are the broader more positive externalities to a more progressive policy committment to boating?