The Gold Coast’s new dive site has officially been named, with Council deciding to dub the floating structure ‘Wonder Reef’.
The attraction is nearing completion and is set to be open to the public early next year as Australia’s first floating dive site.
Councillors were guided by more than 200 responses from the Gold Coast community in their decision.
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The Mayor has thanked everyone for their input in the process.
“There was a lot of suggestions and I thank the community,” Mayor Tom Tate said.
“We ultimately agreed with the name that external consultants had come up with after the consultants liaised with the dive and tourism industries.
“Behind the scenes, we had to ensure the name was legally available and marketable so in that regard, I believe we have found the perfect fit.”
The nine structures have been built and are just undergoing monitoring and safety checks before they’re lowed into the water in the coming weeks.
Each of the structures weighs more than 738 tonnes, and will eventually create a 32,000m3 reef habitat.
They will then be officially opened early in 2022, expected to bring $32.8 million into the region’s economy within the first decade of operation.
Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says the state government invested $2.5 million in the joint project with Council and provided a 50-year lease over the seabed off Main Beach.
“The Palaszczuk Government is working with tourism destinations across Queensland to help the industry rebuild,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“We know this project is set to make a real splash with local divers and visitors.
“It has created 18 jobs during construction and 82 once operational which is great news for Queensland’s economic recovery.’’