Gold Coast waterways are set for some major changes over the next year, with the state government confirming $20 million will be invested in our waterways within the next 12 months.
It’s understood dredging of the Coomera River to unlock superyacht access to the Gold Coast Marine Industry precinct and a $3 million upgrade for the Sand Bypass Jetty are among the major projects.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says the investment will not only improve our waterways, but also help to drive jobs in the city.
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“The coast’s waterways are a $26 billion asset supporting the tourism, recreation and marine industries and the thousands of people who work in them,” Mr Bailey said.
“As a key boat building and servicing hub on Australia’s east coast, the Gold Coast Marine Industry precinct alone supports two and a half thousand jobs. That’s why we built the $10.3 million dredge management facility at Coomera, and are nearing completion on dredging the Coomera River.”
The latest $20 million investment is on top of the already launched $20 million Australian-first War on Wrecks program, which is engaging local contractors to remove abandoned boats across Queensland, including those on the Gold Coast.
Gold Coast Waterways Authority CEO, Hal Morris, said that since the state-wide War on Wrecks program commenced in September last year, GCWA has removed 41 vessels from the waterways.
“Supporting safer and sustainable access to the waterways for the local community and the tourism, recreation and marine industries is our number one priority,” Mr Morris said.