The Gold Coast is making steps to ensure the protection and maintenance of its iconic beaches with a new strategy, developed through community consultation, setting a clear framework for the beaches now and into the future.
The Ocean Beaches Strategy was endorsed by the Gold Coast City Council yesterday (August 22), with Mayor Tom Tate stating that the new strategy helped to ensure the beaches remain one of the city’s top priorities.
“Our ocean beaches are the city’s most precious asset, the key to its identity, character and liveability. They’re loved by both Gold Coasters and 11.5 million visitors each year, worth $7.5 billion to our local economy through tourism and surfing,” Mr Tate said.
“Although the Strategy is new, the city’s work is ongoing to make sure everyone can continue to enjoy our beaches, that they remain safe, healthy and clean, and that we help protect the city’s infrastructure from erosion and coastal hazards.”
There are also projects currently underway such as the Three Point Plan for Coastal Protection, Project Kirra and the Palm Beach Shoreline Protection Plan.
These may present opportunities for those pursuing apprenticeships in Queensland, with the projects involving the construction of seawalls and coastal control structures, beach nourishment and creek entrance dredging.