$30M to improve Gold Coast Waterways

MILLIONS of dollars will be spent upgrading more than 160 kilometres Gold Coast Waterways over the next four years.

Following months of community consultation, the 10-year Waterways Management Strategy has been finalized by the State Government.

$30 million has been committed across four years to improve the management and access of the Gold Coast waterways.


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Emphasis will be on improving infrastructure such as boat ramps and pontoons and continued protection of the environment on and beside the waterways. Speed limits will also be reviewed, as some locals believe it’s either too low or too high in some areas.

In the second half of this year, works will commence on dredging programs at a number of key locations including the Labrador channel and a new boat ramp and pontoon at Southport Broadwater Parklands.

Member for Broadwater Verity Barton said with more than 160 kilometres of channels and about 40 per cent of the state’s recreational vessels, the waterways were at the heart of the Gold Coast lifestyle.

“This strategy is about better access to the waterways through dredging projects, new infrastructure and improvements to navigational aids,” Ms Barton said.

“The strategy will kick start a comprehensive review of speed limits across the city, including hot spots such as high speed areas on the Nerang River and the Broadwater.”

Visit www.gcwa.qld.gov.au to view the three year rolling program of works detailing the projects and initiatives of the Authority.