Gold Coast Waterways Authority Board changing of the guard

Gold Coast Waterways Authority outgoing Chairman Gary Baildon has acknowledged the achievements of GCWA over the last three years and thanked the Board for their commitment to improving the city’s waterways in their inaugural three year term.

The Board, appointed in December 2012 for a three year term, comprised leaders of the local community all with expertise in one or more areas specified in the Gold Coast Waterways Authority Act 2012. The Act calls for 6 appointment members as well as the Mayor of the Gold Coast. The inaugural Board members were;

  • Chairman Gary Baildon AM
  • Mike Bartlett
  • Ray James
  • Professor Rodger Tomlinson
  • Bill Turner
  • Martin Winter

Mr Baildon said he welcomes the changing of the guard and is proud of all that the Board and Authority has accomplished.

“The development of the 10 year Waterways Management Strategy in 2013 was a significant milestone that has provided important objectives and direction for our city and we’ve gone on to deliver several key projects to bring that vision to reality,” said Mr Baildon.

Mr Baildon said that the key strategic objectives of the GCWA are to maintain and improve access, develop and improve public marine facilities, provide the best possible management of the waterways and to encourage use and understanding of the waterways for marine industries, tourism and recreation.

“In order to maintain and improve waterways access we have delivered several projects including 6 dredging projects, 2 new and 3 upgraded boats ramps, 3 new recreational and 1 new commercial pontoons, the incredibly popular Seaway Diver Access stairs and a more efficient and effective maintenance vessel, the ‘Currigee’”.

“Work also continues on improving how the waterways are managed, addressing the many and varied users that enjoy these stunning surroundings; this includes managing hot spots such as the Currumbin Estuary and the Hollywell junior sailing area, implementation of behaviour monitoring cameras and encouragement and support of events on the water,” said Mr Baildon.

“We have worked hard to turn the attention of the Gold Coast to the waterways through our promotion and research agenda. This means that we have developed education and partnership opportunities to focus on responsible, sustainable and safe use of the waterways in consideration for all,” said Mr Baildon.

Mr Baildon said that this impressive list of achievements has been possible through the development and implementation of thorough project delivery capability which was built from scratch, a significant accomplishment in itself.

“I thank the Board members, the CEO of GCWA Hal Morris and all the staff for their dedication and hard work. Everyone has worked tirelessly with a commendable approach to doing a great job and should be very proud, as am I of all that we have realised in three short years” said Mr Baildon.

“I wish the incoming Board and all of the staff a prosperous and successful future as they continue to deliver world class waterways for our city,” said Mr Baildon.

Ports Minister Mark Bailey has announced the details of the incoming Board.


New Gold Coast Waterways Authority board members announced

Three new members have today been appointed to the Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) board.

The current appointments for the GCWA expire on 30 November, which prompted a review of the membership by the Queensland Government.

Mara Bun has been appointed to the board as chairperson, and Richard Holliday and Leslie Shirreffs have been endorsed as board members.

Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Mark Bailey said the new appointments would reinvigorate the board.

“I am confident the skills the new board members bring will provide new vision and effective leadership to assist the GCWA deliver on its objectives,” he said.

“Ms Bun is currently the Director of Enova Community Energy, and has extensive experience in board, advisory and non-executive positions across a range of public policy disciplines.

“Ms Shirreffs is currently the chairperson of the Wet Tropics Management Authority, and was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours in 2012 for outstanding public service to environmental conservation and management in Queensland.

“Mr Holliday is currently Managing Director of RJH Consulting and has held previous positions in commercial management, communications and community relations.

“I look forward to working with them on all matters relating to the effective management of Gold Coast Waterways.”

A gazette notice detailing the appointments was published on November 27, 2015.

Three existing members were reappointed, with all appointments due to be re-evaluated before November 30, 2017. Former member Bill Turner resigned from the board on September 30.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is a member of the board by provision under the Gold Coast Waterways legislation.

Mr Bailey thanked the outgoing members of the board.

“Gary Baildon, Ray James and Bill Turner have been valued members of the board,” he said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank them for the dedication and expertise they brought to the board, particularly in the formative early days, and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”