There are many definitions of a liveable city and Gecko’s list includes the following criteria.

  • A city that we all want to live in will be based on principles of sustainability in all of its buildings and infrastructure resulting in low or no pollution;
  • it will be safe and inclusive while providing opportunities for social interaction;
  • it will be a city that facilitates active travel by walking and bike riding and efficient, affordable public transport for all.
  • It will have affordable housing and variety in employment opportunities and finally
  • it will have plenty of parklands and conservation areas to ensure the health and well-being of both the human and other species inhabiting this city.

By 2030 60% of the world’s population will live in cities so it is important that they are liveable and still enable connection with nature. By 2041 the population of Gold Coast City is projected to be 918,000 an increase of 351,000 on 2018 figures of 567,000.

Residents Against the Oxenford Quarry Expansion

Gecko is supporting the residents of Oxenford who are lobbying Council to refuse a planning application by Nucrush to expand their stone/ gravel quarry at Oxenford from a previously agreed close down date of 2022.

Click here for more information and we urge you to attend the public meeting and/ or sign the petition.

Nucrush now want an expansion of the quarry and extension of the time for quarrying for a further 100 years. The expansion of the quarry will bring it closer to the homes built around the quarry in anticipation of the closure date of 2022 and will seriously reduce the habitat of wildlife surrounding the quarry and connecting to the hinterland.

Current Actions


City Planning Amendments Again

City Planning Amendments Again! Round 4 of the latest version of the Amendments to the City Plan are out and there is an opportunity to make a submission by Thursday…

Update about City Plan 2nd February 2020

On 27th September the Gold Coast City Council called for public submissions on amendments (changes) to the planning scheme (City Plan) and established a number of pop-up information sessions at…
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Queensland Better Planning Petition

Your last opportunity to join over 5000 others in signing the Reform of Queensland Planning Legislation Petition by Lois Levy. Very few e-petitions to state parliament attract such strong community…
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Local Government Reform Needed

Currently there are 5 Councils in Queensland being investigated by the Crime and Corruption Commission for alleged corruption by councillors and/or officers. This, plus the Community and SEQ Alliances’ own…
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Light Rail and City Planning

Light Rail Stage 3b is intended to travel through Palm Beach and on to the Gold Coast Airport, though the route is not yet decided. There is no doubt that…

Planning Reform

The objectives of this campaign is to amend the Planning Act 2016 so that the interests of the community are paramount over those of the development industry.
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Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
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Planning Our City

The City plan, planning scheme and the Crime and Corruption Committee
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Reform Needed in Gold Coast Council

For years community organisations have been calling for more accountability of Councillors in their dealings with developer applications, takeover of public open space, manipulation of the City Plan reports with…

2018 is A Year for War on Waste

2018 will be an exciting year for the war in waste! July 1 a container deposit scheme will be launched as well as a ban on single use plastic bags.
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Council Reform is Urgent

The public community meeting which was cancelled has been rescheduled for next Thursday 26th October in Albert Waterways Hall. The public meeting calls for urgent reforms in Gold Coast Council…
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Mayoral Candidate Questions

Gecko will actively engage with all levels government to strongly advocate for immediate, comprehensive and effective strategies to reduce carbon pollution and to ameliorate the impacts of climate change on…