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SeaLink appoints new General Manager, South East Queensland

SeaLink is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Renwick as the new General Manager, South East Queensland (SEQ), following the transition to retirement of Heather Truman after more than 30 years with SeaLink.

Mr Renwick, who commenced on 7th February 2023, is responsible for overseeing SeaLink’s SEQ operations, which includes 170 team members, vehicle and passenger ferries for North Stradbroke Island, Southern Moreton Bay Islands, Queensland Ambulance Service and the Moggill ferry.

Renwick brings more than 30 years of marine, shipping and business management experience, including ten years in the Royal Australian Navy as an Electronic Technician, and various senior positions at Norship Marine, Rivergate Marine and Shipping and Aluminium Boats Australia.

“SeaLink SEQ provides an essential service to island residents and visitors, so providing high-quality, reliable and safe ferry services to our customers and clients is our highest priority,” Mr Renwick said.

“Redlands Coast is a true gem within South East Queensland. The area is renowned for its beautiful beaches, stunning natural landscapes, marine wildlife, making it a popular destination for both domestic and international tourists and passengers.

“In my first eight weeks I have spent time getting to know the team, connecting with community groups, the chamber of commerce, local businesses and other stakeholders to get feedback on the ferry services, which has been invaluable with reliability and communication being the two key takeaways for me to continue focusing on.”

2023 will continue to grow from strength to strength for SeaLink with:

  • The launch of a new passenger ferry earlier this year for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Translink contracted service
  • $17 million investment in redeveloping the Redland Bay vehicle ferry terminal and construction of two brand new vehicle ferries to service the Southern Moreton Bay Islands underway, and
  • The build of a new purpose-built Queensland Ambulance Service vessel reaching the final stage of the build process.

“I am proud to join SeaLink at a very exciting time as we continue to invest in the region and support the community by providing high-quality and reliable ferry services for locals and visitors.”

SeaLink’s Chief Operating Officer, Donna Gauci, welcomes Ben to SeaLink and is looking forward to continuing to provide an exceptional service to our customers and stakeholders.

“With more than 30 years’ experience in the marine industry, Ben’s skills and leadership will be invaluable as SeaLink SEQ continues to grow.

“SeaLink is committed to continue our strong investment in the local region and in Queensland as we have done all throughout the pandemic. We are very lucky to have the calibre of people like Ben in our leadership ranks to help us grow and continue to improve the services we provide our customers,” Donna Gauci said.

“I would also like to thank Heather for her commitment to the role, our company and most importantly our customers for more than 30 years and wish her the very best in her transition into retirement.

“We are pleased that Heather will continue to support Ben and SeaLink as we plan for our 60-year anniversary next year in 2024.”