New Gold Coast waterways strategy led by local vision

By Melissa Coade

Monday September 6, 2021

A revised strategy for QLD's second-largest city and the activities attached to or on its 170km of navigable waterways will be guided by community input. 
A revised strategy for QLD’s second-largest city and the activities attached to or on its 170km of navigable waterways will be guided by community input.  (jeayesy/Adobe)

A revised strategy for Queensland’s second-largest city and the activities attached to or on its 170km of navigable waterways will be guided by community input. 

State transport and main roads minister Mark Bailey unveiled the 10-year strategy on Friday.

Co-designed with the community and to be delivered by the Gold Coast Waterways Authority GCWA, Bailey said the strategy intended to make the most of what waterways had to offer.

“The strategy will also play an important role in helping to deliver on our partnership with the City of Gold Coast Council to look at the social, environmental and economic impacts of climate change,” Bailey said. 

“It will help us to consider how our waterways assets are holding up, and what future infrastructure is needed to respond to the changing environment.”

The vision also intends to improve community access, connections and destinations along the waterway to see planning and management approached more innovatively.

By growing marine-based industries and job opportunities, the strategy would also support diversifying the Gold Coast’s economy, Bailey added.

GCWA chair Mara Bún said the strategy addressed the need for an informed and well-managed response to the changing waterways.

“[This includes] congestion and use as a result of population growth and the intensifying impacts of climate change,” Bún said.

“We’ve had fantastic input from community groups, sporting and recreation groups, local businesses, other government agencies, the City of Gold Coast and individual waterways users.”

“I’d like to thank everyone who devoted their time and expertise to helping us develop this strategy.”

Hal Morris, CEO of the GCWA, said the strategy established ‘world-class principles’ for managing the waterways and land-based reserves of the Gold Coast such as the Doug Jennings Park at The Spit. 

“We look forward to continuing to work with the community and our partner agencies to realise their vision for the waterways and ensure they continue to be enjoyed by locals and visitors now, and into the future,” Morris said. 


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