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Master Plan for the Spit underway

Master Plan for the Spit underway

The Spit Master Plan is being led by the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) in collaboration with the City of Gold Coast and Gold Coast Waterways Authority.  The master plan commenced in August 2017 to provide for a low-rise future for...

Gold Coast Open House to feature Sand Bypass System

Gold Coast Open House to feature Sand Bypass System

Gold Coast Waterways Authority is thrilled to be taking part in Gold Coast Open House 2017 on Saturday November 4 from 9.00am to 4.00pm. The Gold Coast Seaway boasts the world’s first permanent sand bypassing system and stands as one of the country’s most significant...

Myths vs. Matter

Myths vs. Matter

Got a myth you want busted? Or have a burning question about our waterways? Email us as mail@gcwa.qld.gov.au and we'll add it onto our Mythbuster List. #gcwamythbusting #OurGCWaterways   Mythbuster No. 1 - "I can build any structure I like on my waterfrontage"...

Gary Baildon returns to GCWA Board

Gary Baildon returns to GCWA Board

Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) today welcomes Councillor Gary Baildon AM to the Board. Cr Baildon replaces Darren Scott as Mayor Tom Tate’s representative. Mr Scott has been Mayor Tate’s delegate on the GCWA Board for close to five years, since the...

Cancer Council Queensland’s Relay for Life

Cancer Council Queensland’s Relay for Life

Cancer Council Queensland's Relay for Life is on this weekend at #DougJenningsPark at the Spit. The event will be held across the weekend, including camping overnight, however there'll be no impact to traffic or general public using the area. For more information...

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...

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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...

Evolution of the Broadwater

Evolution of the Broadwater

At the Meet the Board session held at SeaWorld Resort on 16 October 2017, GCWA Board member Professor Rodger Tomlinson (Coastal Program Leader, Climate Response at the Griffith School of Environment) presented an informative Q&A session on the evolution of the...

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

Contract awarded for Coomera dredge facility

Contract awarded for Coomera dredge facility

The contract for the construction of a $3 million Coomera dredge facility to boost the Gold Coast’s multi-million dollar marine industry has been awarded to a Gold Coast based company. Acting Ports Minister Steven Miles said the contract to construct the Coomera...

Dredging the Gold Coast waterways

Dredging the Gold Coast waterways

Since our establishment we've invested $8.5 million in channel dredging to ensure safe navigational access is maintained throughout our waterways.  And there's more to come!  Over $7.5 million worth of investment is currently planned across the city over the next four...

Next stage of improvements for Doug Jennings Park

Next stage of improvements for Doug Jennings Park

As part of the ongoing work to revitalise Doug Jennings Park, we're delivering the next stage of ongoing infrastructure improvements. Following the success of Stage 1: The Spit Amenities Block & Sewerage Connection and Stage 2: the Rehabilitation Moondarewa Spit,...

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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