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Discover how we are protecting the Gold Coast's natural environment - our spectacular beaches, hinterland ranges, bushland and waterways - and how you can help.


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Gold Coast City Council is responsible for licensing the marinas, boat builders and repair businesses within the City. Providing licences includes assessing the environmental performance of each business.

To help business operators improve compliance with Environmental Protection Laws, Council has developed an Environmental Management Program (EMP) guide.

This document is an action plan for improvement and is designed to give operators the tools to improve environmental compliance through the implementation of environmental controls and improved procedures.

Licence conditions aim at reducing environmental harm from sources such as:

  • on water boat maintenance
  • oil, fuel or chemical spills
  • sewage from boats discharging into waterways
  • disposal of hazardous materials or wastes
  • unsafe practice using toxic substances or cleaners
  • untreated stormwater entering waterways

Activities like boat cleaning, repairing and painting present an elevated risk to our waterways without appropriate environmental controls in place.

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Becoming environmentally responsible can benefit your business by:

  • improved environmental conditions
  • protect the future of the Gold Coast’s marine industry
  • enhance your image and increase customers
  • minimise fines and prosecution

Council will soon contact your business as part of our on-going audit program to assess your level of compliance. Get on top of your obligations first, make a difference and prepare an Environmental Management Program. To obtain a preparation kit telephone (07) 5581 6140 or email

Further information

  • Health Services - (07) 5581 6220
  • Gold Coast Water (Trade Waste) Call Centre - 1300 366 692
  • Building & Plumbing enquires - (07) 5582 8649

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