The Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) has acted following an unforeseen failure of the septic system on Thursday last week for the Malcolm Taylor Tower, commonly known as the Gold Coast Seaway Tower.

Acting CEO Peter Kleinig said the iconic tower, which has been part of The Spit landscape for more than 30 years, was closed on 4 January and investigations were ongoing to establish the cause of the problem.

“Many people would be interested to know that our focus extends beyond the waterways. We are also responsible for maintaining and managing land-based assets like the Seaway Tower and Doug Jennings Park, on behalf of the Queensland Government.” Mr Kleinig said.

“This issue has affected the tower’s entire water supply and septic system. To ensure the welfare of the volunteers and protection of the environment, the most sensible and reasonable approach is to temporarily close the tower.” Mr Kleinig said.

“Our team responded immediately to fully contain any potential contaminants from the septic system. There has been no escape whatsoever of any pollutants into the marine environment.” Mr Kleinig said.

In the past, there have been temporary closures of the tower for different reasons. Most recently, the tower was closed for a short time during the upgrade works to Doug Jennings Park. The tower’s operations for the radio listening watch were transferred to Coast Guard’s base on the Broadwater on the same day, with monitoring of the Gold Coast Seaway through a hi-definition camera network.

‘We’ve been providing daily advice to both volunteer organisations, Coast Guard and Volunteer Marine Rescue, to keep them fully informed’, Mr Kleinig said.

“We will keep the public informed as we work to remedy this problem.”

Maritime Safety Queensland is aware of the situation from the perspective of the radio listening watch.

Separately, GCWA has been working very closely with the volunteers and the Department of Transport and Main Roads exploring a refurbishment project for the tower. Up to $150,000 has been generously allocated by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to fund this project.


Media Contacts

Gold Coast Waterways Authority – Acting CEO Peter Kleinig – 0439 063 237