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Southport Broadwater Parklands - Stage 1

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The Gold Coast Highway/Nerang Street intersection is being modified as part of the Southport Broadwater Parklands project.

Access to the Gold Coast Highway from Nerang Street will be temporarily closed from 6 October 2008 until late December 2008 to enable drainage and roadworks to take place. During this time Nerang Street will be temporarily converted to a one way street (westbound) from the Gold Coast Highway to the Scarborough Street intersection.

The redevelopment of the parklands will:

  • incorporate world-class design
  • re-connect Southport Central Business District with the Broadwater
  • generate a strong sense of community, regional identity and celebrate the history of Southport
  • create a more natural landscape for family activities, cultural events and active recreation
  • incorporate environmentally sustainable design
  • ensure energy efficiency and water sustainability
  • provide a high quality space to attract world class events

Above all, the new parklands will provide a community facility that celebrates 150 years of Queensland as a separate state from New South Wales.

Stage one

Southport prier

What can you expect to see on completion of Stage One?

  • The great pier that extends 100m out into the Broadwater will provide amazing views of Surfers Paradise, The Spit and Southport.
  • There will be a huge events lawn, to host some of the city’s largest and most exciting events including the Gold Coast Airport Marathon and Carols by Candlelight.
  • This will also be a great place for a picnic, to kick a ball, toss a frisbee, or simply relax and enjoy the fabulous views of the open Broadwater.
  • A public stage with an large outdoor screen will be a favourite spot to watch movies on balmy summer evenings.
  • The Pavilion building, with a rooftop deck offering spectacular elevated views, will have park information, public toilets and showers and bike lockers to encourage commuters to use ‘pedal power’ to travel to and from Southport.
  • A new pedestrian crossing will link Nerang Street and the Southport CBD to the parklands in place of the existing underpass.
  • Walkways and bridges will encourage exploration of the ‘urban wetland’, an intriguing area of cascading water and reed-filled ponds that collects, cleans and filters stormwater before it goes into the Broadwater.
  • A boulevard of fig trees will provide a wonderfully shaded space, ideal for farmers’ markets, picnics and summer promenades.
  • Coastal casuarinas will provide plenty of shady spots along the shoreline, perfect for family gatherings.
  • Unique artwork will be unveiled at the launch of Stage One of the parklands. Tactile and innovative, this artwork will be a feature of the world class parkland experience.
  • A new landscaped car park for approximately 200 vehicles.


Aerial photo of Southport construction

Stage One of this project is being jointly funded by the Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland State Government through its Queensland 150th Legacy Infrastructure Program.

The total cost for Stage One will be $32 million.

 Stage One work extends from the Southport Swimming Pool to the Broadwater swimming enclosure.

Construction Program

Cr Crichlow on site

Construction on the parklands has commenced with demolition of the existing car park and bulk earthworks. Existing trees have been transplanted to holding areas for re-use in the parklands.

Currently the Main Lawn and Little Lawn areas are being formed up and work on the car park has commenced.

In September 2008, work will commence on the Pavilion Building and the Pier.

The completion date for Stage One is in the first part of 2009, in time to hold a party in the park to celebrate Queensland’s separation from New South Wales in 1859.

Later stages of the park redevelopment are yet to be determined.

If you have comments or suggestions regarding the approach Council is using to consult the community, please contact the Coordinator Community Consultation: