Environment / Science

Big Bird’s take-off escalates Gold Coast climate change research

Research into the impacts of wild weather and climate change on the Gold Coast is being stepped up with the launch of a bright yellow monitoring buoy nicknamed ‘Big Bird’. ‘Big Bird’s’ launch formally marks the establishment of the Coastal Engineering Research Field...

Sand Bank Study In Southern Broadwater Supports Better Waterways Management

We’re conducting a long-term study into the birds and animals living on and within the sand banks of the Southern Broadwater to help with the management of threatened species and support the protection of the Gold Coast’s waterways environmental values. With the...

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...

The results are in! Healthy Land and Waters 2016/17 Report Card

Figure 1: Southern Catchments 2016/17 Report Card. Source: Healthy Land and Waters 2016/17 report card hlw.org.au/reportcard The 2016/17 Healthy Land and Waterways Report card has been released, with waterways in the Southern catchments ranging from fair to good. The...

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...

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...

GCWA hosts the city’s first ever Resilience Symposium: Gold Coast Waterways 2017 and Beyond

Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) recognises that the existing values the community places on Gold Coast waterways will be challenged in the future through population growth, a changing climate and other pressures. This acknowledgement led to the development of...

Queensland first Tackle Bin Project launches on the Gold Coast this week!

A group of committed locals have come together to tackle the scourge of littered fishing line on the Gold Coast. The ‘Tackle Bin Project’ launches this week, the first project for the newly formed Gold Coast Marine Debris Network, and the first in Queensland to be...

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...

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...