The Spit Master Plan by Lois Levy

The Spit Master Plan by Lois Levy

The Spit Master Plan by Lois Levy The campaign to protect the public open space of The Spit at the Gold Coast Broadwater has been a fierce and often divisive one for over thirty years. The development industry has wanted to develop The Spit for a film set horizon tank, a maritime simulation, several versions of a cruise terminal and associated casino, and commercial and […]

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Black Swan Lake

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 the Gold Coast Turf Club to fill and use as a car park. Black Swan Lake is a haven to over 50 species of birds as well as other wildlife, and is an important green space for the neighbourhood.
Public open space in Gold Coast City is constantly under threat from some in the business sector, who see such land as open to commercial exploitation. There have been many examples of businesses wanting to develop public open space for their own personal profit. As many Councillors support business in these endeavours, it is left to the environment and community sectors to remain vigilant and campaign to retain essential green spaces in the city.

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Black Swan Lake-What is the Current Issue?

Black Swan Lake-What is the Current Issue?

Wildlife Preservation Society actioned a petition which was presented to Council in October 2014. Gecko has written to Council requesting that the Lake remain and that Council consider some type of park and ride arrangement for events at the Turf Club in line with Council policy to encourage the use of public transport. Below is a copy of that letter and a media article about the issue. A decision from Council is pending.

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EXCLUSIVE: Terminal Cost Blowout

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 defy belief – namely that the actual cost for the ‘modest $70 million terminal’ floated by the mayor will now be half a billion dollars – that’s right, $500 million!

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The Spit and Broadwater Update

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 future of The Spit began with the publication of two questionnaires on the website of the Department of State Development. Act now

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The Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve

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 history, culture and champions. A GCWSR would not close beaches to any particular group and works in with all pre-existing beach and surfing events, boardriding clubs, surf lifesaving carnivals, pros and recreational surfers alike. It […]

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Background Info-Spit&Broadwater

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 space Go to the link thespitconsultation@donaldsonconsulting.net. auto register now for this consultation.

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Proclamation of Guardianship

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 Save Our Broadwater. The Proclamation will be sent to all political parties with the request that they take action to support its demands. Other actions to take back control of our public open space assets will follow. Please endorse the Proclamation

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No Answers & Sham Community ASF Consultation

No Answers & Sham Community ASF Consultation

October was the month that ASF Consortium was expected to undertake “extensive Community consultation” about its proposed development on Wavebreak Island and the Cruise Terminal. It was also the month when Gecko tried another tack to get a response to the three letters sent to Deputy Premier Seeney since June and it was the month that ASF made unsubstantiated claims that the biggest of the cruise ships could use the Broadwater.

December 7 will be your opportunity to express your opposition to the ASF Wavebreak Island and cruise terminal proposal. Put the date in your diary or phone. We will literally need every body we can muster to be at this forthcoming rally.

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Gold Coast residents Stepped up efforts to save Black Swan Lake

Gold Coast residents Stepped up efforts to save Black Swan Lake

RESIDENTS have stepped up their efforts to save the Black Swan Lake at Bundall and the 32 bird species that call it home.

The Gold Coast and Hinterland Environmental Council (Gecko) has also thrown its weight behind the residents’ campaign, saying the lake should be protected at all costs.

The council-owned waterhole off Ascot Crt has been earmarked as a parking area as part of the $11 million upgrade of the Gold Coast Turf Club site to create the new home of the Gold Coast Show.

However, Sally Spain, spokeswoman for the Residents and Friends of Black Swan Lake lobby group, said they were determined not to lose the quiet, secluded haven for birds.

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