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Gold Coast natural environment

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Bushland restoration

Ecological restoration is the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or destroyed. As our population and urban areas expand, the pressure on our natural areas grows, increasing the threat and effects of weed infestation. Our Natural Areas Management Unit is actively involved in the restoration, rehabilitation and maintenance of natural areas through:

  • weed control
  • natural regeneration of locally endemic plant species
  • revegetation of severely impacted sites where natural regeneration is limited
  • strategic maintenance programs
  • education and voluntary programs. 

For a list of common environmental weeds of the Gold Coast and control methods visit our environmental weeds page.

For videos explaining techniques of bushland restoration, visit our Ecological restoration techniques page.

Restoration plans are prepared for our parks and reserves to help guide on-ground works, to ensure 'best practice' restoration techniques are used and to ensure all groups, volunteers, workers and contractors are working together to achieve site goals.

You can play your part by joining a Beaches to Bushland volunteer restoration community group. Visit our Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Restoration Program page to find out how.

Example of riparian revegetation

View the images below of Damian Leeding Memorial Park, managed by the Natural Areas Management Unit. This progressive sequence demonstrates the area impacted by exotic grasses with no vegetation lining the Coomera River in 2010. Image as of June 2013 demonstrates the success of the 9000 native plants that were planted on site that have now assisted with bank stability and providing habitat for native fauna. The area is under ongoing maintenance.

Example of riparian revegetation

Restoration works are occurring across the Gold Coast in various locations and include our large conservation areas, wetlands and our urban bushland areas. Below are some key sites that are currently being restored:

Currumbin Creek Reach

Currumbin Creek Reach in 2007 and 2015 after extensive planting and ongoing environmental weed control.

Numinbah Conservation Area

Numinbah Conservation Area in 2008 and 2015 after assisted restoration works the bush is naturally regenerating.

Swift Park, Nerang

Swift Park, Nerang before in 2009 and 2015 showing the impacts of the environmental weed Cats Claw Creeper and after treatment.

Restoration works are also being undertaken by volunteers who partner with the Natural Areas Management Unit through the City's Beaches to Bushland volunteer restoration program. Find out more about the locations.

These sites include the following locations:

  • Austinville Community Park, Staghorn Drive, Austinville
  • Davenport Park, Parkmeadows Road, Bonogin
  • Boonooroo Park, Hickey Way, Carrara
  • Currumbin Creek Reach, Currumbin Valley
  • Elanora Wetlands / Schusters Park, Tallebudgera Drive, Elanora
  • Hinterland Regional Park, Hardys Road, Mudgeeraba
  • Lions Head Park / Miami Bushland Reserve, Miami
  • Swift Park / Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang
  • Tarrabora Reserve, Palm Beach.
Image of assisted restoration in Numinbah

Example of assisted restoration

Numinbah Conservation Area, managed by the Natural Areas Management Unit. Progressive sequence demonstrating the area impacted by Lantana with the last image taken June 2012 after ongoing restoration work. The area is free of weeds and native canopy is establishing. The area will remain under ongoing maintenance.

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