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$11 million asset lights the way for Gold Coast waterways access

Here’s a trivia question for you. What’s valued at over $11 million and helps keep Gold Coast navigation channels safer and accessible for boaties? If your answer was the Aids to Navigation (AtoN) dotted around the waterways network, you are right! On the Gold Coast...

War on Wrecks: 106 clean-ups and counting

We’re continuing to make good progress through the War on Wrecks. Since the program started in July 2018 we’ve removed 106 abandoned vessels and pieces of property from our beautiful waterways. This includes fishing boats, small yachts, pontoons, tenders,...

Gold Coast puts out welcome mat for superyachts

The Gold Coast is putting out the welcome mat for superyachts with a new guide launched today by the Gold Coast Waterways Authority and the City of Gold Coast. The Gold Coast Superyacht Guide produced in partnership with the Council fills an information gap in the...

National recognition for community engagement on Spit Master Plan

We’re honoured to be part of a team which has won a Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) 2020 National Award for Planning Excellence for our work on The Spit Master Plan https://www.planning.org.au/awards/awards-for-planning-excellence-2 We’re sharing the...

Multi-million dollar investment supports local jobs and Gold Coast waterways access

We’re investing more than $35 million in our waterways city over the next four years to upgrade facilities for boaties, maintain navigation and improve access through dredging navigation channels. The centrepiece of our Waterways Management Program 2020-2024 is a $5.5...

10-Year Strategy | Expressions of Interest Working Group

We’re working to create a shared vision for our beautiful waterways, one which truly reflects what the community wants to see. We’re talking about a blueprint to help us deliver the best possible management of the waterways into the future that is aligned to the...

COVID-19 update from GCWA

The safety, health and wellbeing of the community and our team is our number one priority. We are monitoring the novel coronavirus closely and adhering to the advice of Queensland Health and the Australian Government. We’ll be doing our bit to minimise the...

The Spit’s first project clearing the path to jobs creation

Gold Coasters and visitors can look forward to some fresh ways to exercise on The Spit with works progressing on a new shared cycle and pedestrian path. Running from the Muriel Henchman precinct to Doug Jennings park, construction group Hazell Bros has started pouring...

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

We’re receiving lots of enquiries about what COVID-19 means for our waterways. We’ve answered the most commonly asked questions for you below.   Q           Am I still able to go boating? From Saturday 2 May, you are able to leave your home for some recreational...

Training ensures Gold Coast first-strike pollution response is world class

Our Waterways Team undergoes regular training to make sure it keeps pace with innovation and changes in technology used to respond to reports of oil pollution in Gold Coast waters. It’s part of the team’s brief to act as first-strike responders in the event of...

The Spit Public Realm Guidelines available for comment

Momentum is building on the delivery of The Spit Master Plan as the Queensland Government works to ensure this Gold Coast jewel is transformed into an iconic public space attracting visitors from across the country and the world. The public realm guidelines, released...

Expressions Of Interest called for Spit public space design works

The implementation of The Spit master plan continues with preliminary designs for two community projects open for expressions of interest (EOI). The preliminary design packages released today will keep plans on track for the Moondarewa Spit foreshore parkland...