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Concerns about the ‘turkey boat’ on the Broadwater

Concerns about the ‘turkey boat’ on the Broadwater

You may have heard reports of the ‘turkey boat’ on the Broadwater. Working on the waterways, we’ve seen a lot of interesting things, and this is one of the most challenging! We’re well aware of this particular house boat. It first came to our attention in April this...

Removal of a derelict structure at Currumbin Creek

Removal of a derelict structure at Currumbin Creek

One of Gold Coast Waterways Authority's primary functions is to set up and maintain aids to navigation such as beacons, lights and structures.  Recently, we have received enquiries from the community about the possibility of re-establishing a derelict beacon that we...

Be Aware and Share

Be Aware and Share

Look out for shared activities on the water   Gold Coast waterways are enjoyed by a wide variety of users including recreational and commercial boaties, jet skis, paddle craft, swimmers, wind surfers and more! To make sure everyone stays safe, here are some tips...

Meet the Board

Meet the Board

The Board is committed to setting priorities locally. Meet The Board sessions are held regularly throughout the Gold Coast to provide community members with the opportunity to provide their input on planning for the waterways now and into the future. According to the...

Skippy signs are no joke

Skippy signs are no joke

Our “Kangaroos Crossing” signs installed in the North Arm of the Coomera River assist in making boaties aware that the animals may be in the water and to take care in the area. Coomera Island has long been home to several of the furry creatures and during dry spells...

The Economic and Social Values of our waterways

The Economic and Social Values of our waterways

Our Gold Coast waterways are a mainstay of the Gold Coast’s lifestyle, underpin the Coast’s identity, and provide opportunities for locals and visitors to undertake recreational activities on and beside the waterways. In April 2017, we conducted and reported on the...

History of the Gold Coast Seaway

History of the Gold Coast Seaway

Prior to the construction of the Gold Coast Seaway in 1986, the Nerang River entrance to the Pacific Ocean (locally known as the Southport Bar) had a history of instability. Predominant southeasterly winds, the significant northern drift of sand and wave climate...

Latest News

Our waterways are open for business and pleasure!

Our waterways are open for business and pleasure!

Over the last 18 months we've invested $6.5 million into maintaining safe navigational access for the Gold Coast waterways. GCWA Chief Executive Officer, Hal Morris, said “Our waterways are vital for the city’s economic prosperity and social well-being. An important...

Boaties to be aware of shoaling around Gold Coast Seaway

Boaties to be aware of shoaling around Gold Coast Seaway

Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) is advising boaties to exercise caution when navigating the Gold Coast Seaway due to a sand shoal developing east of the southern training wall. GCWA CEO Hal Morris said certain weather conditions can cause the sand shoal to...

Model By-Law for Doug Jennings Park

Model By-Law for Doug Jennings Park

Doug Jennings Park is a popular location for fishing, diving, surfing, walking, swimming and relaxing for tourists and locals alike. Unfortunately, over the past 30 years the area has become degraded and has attracted some inappropriate uses. As part of the ongoing...

Latest report on Seagrass Sensitivities released

Latest report on Seagrass Sensitivities released

The latest report on Seagrass Sensitivities has been released. This report provides a review of known seagrass sensitivities and resilience, including known minimum stressor thresholds and ranked threats to seagrass relevant to Gold Coast waterways. Gold Coast...

Project News

Installation of tide gauges

Installation of tide gauges

GCWA is helping to ensure you're not left high and dry! We’re partnering with the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) and Griffith University to install a series of tide gauge monitoring stations throughout the waterways. The first...

New riverfront destination in Surfers is open

New riverfront destination in Surfers is open

A new destination in Surfers Paradise is now open to visitors. The $1.4 million Surfers Riverside Foreshore is located in Appel Park at 10 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise.   GCWA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Hal Morris, said this is the second stage in our delivery on...

Keeping Doug Jennings Park beautiful

Keeping Doug Jennings Park beautiful

As part of the ongoing maintenance program for Doug Jennings Park at The Spit, the Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) is planning rehabilitation works for the area known as the 'Spit Finger'. GCWA CEO Hal Morris says that it is the next important step in...

Stage 2 of Seaway Emergency Access Stairs complete

Stage 2 of Seaway Emergency Access Stairs complete

The Gold Coast Waterways Authority has today opened Stage 2 of the Emergency Access Stairs at the Gold Coast Seaway. Stage 1 opened in December at a cost of $40,000 and saw installation of stairs over the rock wall and a large preparation area with seating. Stage 2,...

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