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GCWA: Delivering Dredging, Destinations and More

GCWA: Delivering Dredging, Destinations and More


Stage Four of the ongoing revitalisation works for one of the Gold Coast’s most-loved parks at The Spit has been completed just in time for Christmas. It’s the latest set of works in the Palaszczuk Government’s multi-million dollar makeover of the area.

Over $4.7million has already been spent on improvements to the park over the last three years, which is managed by the Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA). The latest upgrades see another $1,020,000 invested in the popular day trip destination.

Previous projects carried out since July 2015 have delivered a new amenities block, two sets of emergency access stairs to the Seaway, refurbishment of the existing Seaway Kiosk toilet block, rehabilitation of Moondarewa Spit, and upgrade and completion of the ring road and footpaths around Doug Jennings Park.

Throughout all four stages of the upgrades, GCWA have continued to engage with community groups and members of the public to make sure the projects have delivered what Gold Coasters really want.

GCWA CEO Hal Morris said it is encouraging to hear that the community are thrilled with the enhancements made to the already beautiful location.

“What we hear most commonly is that people already love Doug Jennings Park but that these projects have made it even better,” Mr Morris said.

The most recent works deliver a major upgrade to the road between Seaworld Drive and Moondarewa Spit including additional formalised car parking. As well as the upgraded road, the project has delivered a shared footpath around the perimeter of the park, landscaping and native shade trees and more picnic tables and park benches.


Great news for our northern waterways with the recent completion of the Canaipa Passage dredging project ahead of time and under budget. The $500,000 investment in maintaining safe navigational access to the channel is a part of GCWA’s key objective of improving access to our waterways.

Focussed on maintaining safe navigable depths and replenishing the foreshore at Slipping Sands, the project is an important part of GCWA’s Waterways Management Program. Located in the Moreton Bay Marine Park, the project was carried out in line with the Sand Management Plan for Gold Coast waterways and the stringent conditions set out in the environmental approvals.

The dredging aims to provide a depth of -2.5m LAT (Lowest Astronomical Tide) in the channel which is an important link between Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast. This project was finished ahead of schedule due to favourable weather conditions and GCWA’s streamlined project delivery processes.

GCWA CEO Hal Morris said the Authority has committed over $15 million to dredging projects across the next four years to make sure navigation channels and destinations remain safe and accessible for all waterways users.

“These works are vital to ensure we are sustainably managing Gold Coast waterways for everyone who uses them,” said Mr Morris.

“Over the coming years, more dredging will be carried out in the Coomera River, at Jacobs Well, Jumpinpin, Main Channel, Nerang River, North Channel, South Channel, South Wavebreak Island and West Crab Island,” said Mr Morris.

For more information about these projects, other planned dredging projects and the Waterways Management Program 2018-2022 visit



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  1. Gold coast fisho
    #1 Gold coast fisho 19 January, 2019, 18:52

    They really need to dredge the seaway again, its getting very shallow and dangerous at low tide

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