Community

Meet the Board

Meet the Board

The Board is committed to setting priorities locally. Meet The Board sessions are held regularly throughout the Gold Coast to provide community members with the opportunity to provide their input on planning for the waterways now and into the future.According to the...

Marinas19 set to anchor on the Gold Coast

Marinas19 set to anchor on the Gold Coast

In less than two weeks, marina operators and users will descend on the Gold Coast for the Marinas19 International Conference and Trade Exhibition. We’re excited to partner with Marinas19 to promote best practice in managing our beautiful waterways. “On the Gold Coast,...

High Tech Movable Cameras to Bust Boatie Hoons

At the Gold Coast Waterways Authority, we're determined to not get tied up with red tape or give members of the public the run around on waterways management questions.  We know that governance of Gold Coast waterways can often be complex and confusing and that it is...

Latest News

New speed limits enhance Coomera River access

New speed limits enhance Coomera River access

Access to the Coomera River and the broader waterways network will be enhanced by new speed limits being set by the Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) using data gathered during a 12-month speed limits trial, stakeholder engagement and strong community feedback....

Dredging workshop aims to maximise benefits for Gold Coast

Dredging workshop aims to maximise benefits for Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) is working with potential users of its Coomera Dredge Sediment Management Facility to maximise economic and community benefits for the Gold Coast. The GCWA convened a workshop today with representatives from the Gold Coast...

Dredging campaign channels support for major industries

Dredging campaign channels support for major industries

Our dredging campaign in the Coomera River, which is supporting safe and navigable waterways access for the Gold Coast’s multi-billion-dollar tourism and marine industries, has passed the half-way mark. The dredging of an 8 kilometre stretch of the river from Shipper...

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

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...

Managing abandoned boats

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...

Australia Day weekend operations aim to keep waterways safe

Australia Day weekend operations aim to keep waterways safe

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...

Project News

Alberton Pontoon improves access to waterways network

Alberton Pontoon improves access to waterways network

Our new pontoon at Alberton is officially open, giving boaties more options for accessing our beautiful waterways network. We’ve invested $380,000 in the new pontoon and flood resistant boat queuing facility built next to the Alberton boat ramp at Alberton on the...

Coomera River Project backs major marine industry

Coomera River Project backs major marine industry

Our multi-million dollar dredging program and sediment management facility will support tourism, jobs and businesses in the Gold Coast Marine Industry Precinct by improving navigational access to the Coomera River. Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey,...

Dredging to keep lower Coomera River open and safe for boaties

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...

Osprey Nesting Platform installed at Palm Beach

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...

Canaipa Passage dredging complete

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...

Completing the missing links in the Broadwater

Completing the missing links in the Broadwater

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...

Coomera Dredged Sediment Management Facility one step closer

Coomera Dredged Sediment Management Facility one step closer

As part of the big picture solution to improve channel options, new navigation aid buoys have been established on the western side of the Broadwater.  This is in line with a key action of the 10 year Waterways Management Strategy - enhancing the waterways by...

Multi-million dollar Christmas gift to the Gold Coast

Multi-million dollar Christmas gift to the Gold Coast

For many years, the Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA), City of Gold Coast Council (CoGC), developers and managers of estates situated along Coomera River and nearby waterways and canals  have been searching for a cost effective and environmentally sound solution...