Gold Coast Water Authorities

Dredging to keep lower Coomera River open and safe for boaties

Dredging is underway in the Coomera River between Sovereign Islands and Sanctuary Cove to keep the navigation channel open and safe for boaties. The lower Coomera River project is part of our $15 million, 4-year investment in waterways dredging. The Coomera River is...

Coomera River (South Arm) Speed Limit Trial – Frequently Asked Questions

The Coomera River (South Arm) is a community asset which forms part of our waterways network, supporting vital activities like marine industry, recreation and tourism. Boating is encouraged and there are many different types of boats and vessels using the river....

Osprey Nesting Platform installed at Palm Beach

As part of our plan for managing the waterways environment, a new Osprey nesting platform has been installed on the foreshore at Palm Beach. The platform replaces a nest which had been naturally built by Osprey on a navigation beacon at the entrance to Currumbin...

Managing abandoned boats

We’re working in partnership with other agencies, including Maritime Safety Queensland and the Department of Environment and Science, to identify and remove problem vessels from our waterways. In the last 12 months alone, we’ve removed 15 abandoned vessels from...

Paradise Point Channel 6 knot zone expands to better balance the needs of different waterways users

We’ve extended a 6 knot speed zone in parts of the Paradise Point Channel near the Sovereign Islands, increasing the area suitable for more passive recreational pursuits such as kayaking, small boat sailing, stand-up paddle boarding and temporarily anchoring...

Australia Day weekend operations aim to keep waterways safe

With the Australia Day weekend fast approaching, we’re reminding people to be aware of speed limits, anchoring restrictions and potential hazards on the water so that everyone enjoys a safe break. ‘This is traditionally one of the busiest periods on our...

Canaipa Passage dredging complete

Great news for our northern waterways with the completion of the Canaipa Passage dredging project in time for the busy summer season. The Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) has invested $500,000 in maintaining safe navigational access to the important link between...

Year in Review – 2018 – Shaping our waterways

2018 has been a busy year – read all about what we’ve done to continue to improve access to and management of our waterways here

Next phase of Doug Jennings Park improvements complete

Stage Four of the revitalisation works for one of the Gold Coast’s most-loved parks, Doug Jennings Park at The Spit, has been completed just in time for Christmas. The latest upgrade means in the last four years, over $5.7 million has been invested in the popular day...

Buoy Mooring Strategy

GCWA is working to improve the management of buoy moorings in Gold Coast waters. These improvements flow from the Buoy Mooring Review in 2014 and our recent Buoy Mooring Management Strategy developed to accommodate the Gold Coast’s rapidly increasing population,...

WATERWAYS SPEED LIMITS

The final speed limit changes as part of the Speed Limits and Behaviour Management Strategy 2018-2020 have come into effect. The Coomera River (South Branch) now has a new trial speed limit of 6 knots for boats 8 metres in length and over, with the general smooth...

Application for Permit to Occupy Doug Jennings Park

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