Abandoned boats get the boot from Gold Coast waterways

ABANDONED boats have been targeted in a new campaign to clean up the pristine Gold Coast waterways.

Two sunken vessels at Jacobs Well and in the northern arm of the Coomera River have been an eyesore for more than a year.

Their last known registered owners failed to respond to a June 14 deadline to have them removed, which has prompted action from the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing and the Gold Coast Waterways Authority.


The Chief Executive Officer of the Gold Coast Waterways Authority, Hal Morris, said funding of $20,000 had been identified in the current financial year to have the eyesores removed, and a further $70,000 each year for the next two years.

Senior Ranger Marine Operations Steve Hoseck took the time to remind boaties that it was illegal to abandon their vessels and that the owners would in turn be required to cover the removal expenses.

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Sunken vessel in the Jacobs Well Channel. IMAGES: GCWA SOURCE: Supplied