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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...

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...

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...

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,...

FINAL SPEED LIMITS IMPLEMENTED

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...

The GC Waterways Shoal Reporting App is here!

The GC Waterways Shoal Reporting application (‘app’) is a free smart phone application that enables the general public to report areas of possible shoaling. To use the app you will need a smart device and internet connection and you download it from the...

Next two speed limit changes take effect

After extensive consultation, the Speed Limits and Behaviour Management Strategy 2018-2020 was released in early March 2018. The first two of the five initial proposed speed limit changes came into effect on 9 March at Paradise Point and Crab Island. The next two...

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...

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...

Illegal campers in Doug Jennings Park told to move out or face fines

Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) Chief Executive Officer, Hal Morris, today issued a warning to illegal campers in Doug Jennings Park – move out or face the full force of the law. Mr Morris said the Authority had made significant progress to secure the necessary...