Greenspaces are an essential part of every city, needing long term protection and care. These places sustain our health and well-being, allow us to play and relax, enable learning about nature as well as moderate climate extremes in densely settled areas. Over the past decades Gecko Environment Council has advocated for the protection and increase of public open space for recreational and conservation areas. 

The world standard for providing green spaces is 4 ha per 1000 people, but Gold Coast has adopted just 3.2 ha per 1000 people, despite the ever increasing density of our suburbs. Greenspaces, or parklands, are very well used in the City, but they are frequently threatened with inappropriate development proposals. These include: selling them off to private enterprise; allowing use by private businesses such as restaurants; expansions of club houses; cruise terminals; car parks and residential or commercial development.

Current Actions

Black Swan Lake

The campaign for this small public open space in Bundall began in 2014 and has attracted the support of thousands of people, appalled that Council is giving this lake to…

EXCLUSIVE: Terminal Cost Blowout

Gold Coasters have been dealt a combo of low blows over the proposed oceanside cruise terminal pre-election promise from Mayor Tom Tate with LiQUiFY able to reveal multiple issues which…

The Spit and Broadwater Update

It was a good turnout last Sunday, but there is still time for you to have your say. Submissions close 7th April. The public consultation on two aspects of the…

The Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve

The Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve A Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve from Burleigh to Snapper is there to protect and preserve our breaks, remove the threat and celebrate our…

Background Info-Spit&Broadwater

Public Consultation on the future of The Spit is underway right now and Gecko urges everyone concerned about the integrity of our City Plan and the protection of public open…

Proclamation of Guardianship

At the Claim the Broadwater ceremony on Sunday 25th on Wavebreak Island over 200 people endorsed the Proclamation of Guardianship formulated by Gecko and supported by Save Our Spit and…

Have Your Say? – Springbrook

Below are the letters for your information to write your submission to the Gold Coast City Council on Springbrook water extraction. Please make sure if you do use our submission…

Councillors vote on ASF Proposal

Dear Councillors, Councillor vote on ASF Proposal It has been reported in the Gold Coast Bulletin that you are being pressured to vote on whether or not to proceed with…

Save Our Spit 2014 Update

The campaign to stop the building of the cruise terminal in the Broadwater along with all the accompanying commercial development of the public open space on The Spit and Wavebreak…

Navigational Report on Cruise Ships

The Cruise Ship Terminal and its surrounding developments have yet again surfaced after numerous promises from governments of all colours assuring the people of the Gold Coast that there will never…

Selling off our public land and water!

he move to sell off 75.58ha of our natural heritage – the Broadwater - has begun. Lois Levy, President of Gecko-Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council (Gecko) said “Those who…

Cruise Ship Terminal Controversy

Gecko’s  Position: Gecko opposes the construction of any of the cruise ship terminal options for the Gold Coast as currently proposed in the media. Reasons for this opposition are detailed…