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Gold Coast natural environment

We have one of Australia's most biodiverse cities. Let's explore, celebrate and work together to protect it for the future.

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Gold Coast flora and fauna

Recognising the huge diversity of plant and animal life in our region, the City of Gold Coast provides a comprehensive website that lists all species known to occur on the Gold Coast. is a unique resource created by the City to document the Gold Coast’s biodiversity and provide a single source of information.

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Commendation

The City received a national commendation for the Gold Coast Flora & Fauna Database in the 'Improving Planning Processes and Practices' category.

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The website features a searchable database of species occurring on the Gold Coast, detailed information on those species, images, Google mapping tools to help locate species, and useful related reports and documents.

The site is a valuable resource for:

As well as helping users to identify and locate plants and animals in the region, the site is part of the City's ongoing commitment to conserve our city's biodiversity and natural assets.

By providing accurate data about our flora and fauna, we can help inform decision-making, give certain species special consideration and ensure future development is ecologically sustainable. We hope the site will assist residents, businesses, schools, research organisations and community groups to contribute directly to native species conservation.

The City recognises that our native wildlife and natural environments are among our most critical assets, essential to the future social, economic and environmental sustainability of the Gold Coast. Our Natural City Strategy helps to guide this work.

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Commendation

2017 National Awards for Planning Excellence

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The City of Gold Coast received a national commendation for the Gold Coast Flora & Fauna Database in the 'Improving Planning Processes and Practices' category at the National Awards for Planning Excellence in May 2017.

The project, which was developed by the City's Environment Planning team, provides a customer focused tool for collating and accessing natural asset data and information. This spatial and temporal dataset has been critical in supporting strategic planning, policy development and implementation as well as guiding practical, on-ground outcomes.

The database has become a valuable resource for City officers, residents, students, and industry groups and is a cost effective, replicable platform that ultimately promotes a greater understanding of the Gold Coast's native plants and animals. Winning this important award highlights the City's innovative and professional approach to continually improving our planning processes and practices.

2016 Queensland Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Award

The City was presented with a Queensland PIA award for excellence in the 'Improving Planning Processes and Practices' category. The award for excellence recognises the achievement of the City in delivering and implementing a flora and fauna database.

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