Council Services

City of Gold Coast (City) provides community services and facilities, including the maintenance of beaches, roads and walkways, sporting grounds, parks and gardens, community centres, libraries, the protection of threatened plants and animals, the collection and disposal of waste and recyclables and numerous other community projects.

Maintenance fast facts

The City is responsible for a vast array of services and facilities across the Gold Coast. The following facts and figures provide an illustration of the scope of our services.

Note: These figures are provided for the interest of our website readers and the official statistics may vary slightly depending on interpretation / context. They are provided in good faith and are not to be used or reproduced in any other publication. Please contact us if you have any questions.

City cleaning

The City Cleaning team keep our city looking pristine and provide a range of cleaning services, including:

  • beaches along our 57 kilometre coastline
  • 2269 kilometres of paths and walkways
  • 3221 kilometres of roadways
  • 800 kilometres of bikeways
  • Cavill, Broadbeach and Southport Malls
  • 2390 public bins serviced daily, removing 53 tonnes of rubbish per week.

Approximately 25 cubic metres of rubbish is removed from our beaches every week.

Primary asset types maintained

  • 2848.5 kilometres of sealed roads
  • 35 kilometres of unsealed roads
  • 5211 kilometres of kerb and channel 
  • 547 kilometres of sealed footpaths/bikeways
  • 569 road bridges/major culverts 
  • 97 footbridges 
  • 1002 stormwater quality improvement devices
  • 27,233 stormwater manholes 
  • 76,304 stormwater inlet gullies 
  • 12,001 stormwater inlet/outlet structures
  • 2373 kilometres of stormwater drainage pipes/culverts 
  • 337 kilometres of stormwater open drains 
  • 49 kilometres of beach protection fencing 
  • 400 kilometres of waterways 
  • 236 foreshore structures 
  • 49 coastal viewing platforms 
  • 27 beach stormwater outlets

Building maintenance

Almost 30,000 repairs and maintenance, graffiti removal and construction jobs to a value of around $24 million are undertaken by the City's Building Maintenance team annually, incorporating all applicable building trades and service such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, concreting, tiling, painting, lifts, auto doors, heating ventilation and air conditioning. This includes repairs and maintenance of:

  • 15 libraries
  • 42 community centres
  • eight aquatic centres
  • four sporting venues
  • eight cemeteries
  • one transit centre
  • eight administration centres
  • Gold Coast Arts Centre
  • Southport Broadwater Parklands
  • 22 passenger lifts
  • 1180 heating, ventilation and air conditioning plant and equipment items
  • 250 beach showers
  • 389 barbecue units across the City parks
  • irrigation systems to approximately 40 sporting fields
  • 250 public toilet blocks
  • 1505 park shelters
  • 5560 individual pieces park furniture
  • 170 park potable and recycled water irrigation systems
  • 7915 street lights and 960 power poles
  • electrical and mechanical maintenance of Monterey Keys and Boobegan navigation locks
  • approximately 6000 metres of timber decks and boardwalks

We attend to 9000 requests to remove graffiti throughout the Gold Coast area annually, including removal from Energex assets and from private property, and maintain over 6000 assets on planned maintenance programs.

Construction projects

  • Over 250 construction projects per year.
  • Over $8 million of construction work per year.

Includes the like of:

  • building alterations and refurbishments
  • construction of park shelters and shade structures
  • office alterations
  • demolitions
  • park barbeque installations
  • street and park light installations
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning installations

Park and landscape maintenance

Our Parks and Landscape Maintenance team receives about 30,100 requests annually from Councillors, external and internal customers.

Programmed works include proactive and reactive maintenance involving the following areas/assets:

  • 2162 parks (covering approximately 21,000 hectares) involving horticultural/hardscape care and mowing
  • approximately 230 hectares natural area parks, including revegetation activities 
  • approximately 17.1 hectares of dunal vegetation, including revegetation activities 
  • 216 sports fields (approximately 200 hectares) 
  • more than 800,000 trees located in road reserves, parks and natural areas 
  • 685 playgrounds across the city
  • approximately 363 kilometres of fencing 
  • Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens 
  • approximately 1152 kilometres of roadside mowing 
  • approximately 300 kilometres of stormwater open drains vegetation 
  • approximately 320 water sensitive urban devices and 600 gross pollutant traps
  • aquatic vegetation removal for freshwater lakes, e.g. Clear Island Waters, Robina
  • centralised irrigation system (Irrinet) - computer-based operation that monitors and controls irrigation networks within the park and sports field estates.

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