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Research and development

Our Catchment Management Unit is made up a team of multi-disciplinary environmental scientists who are dedicated to fostering sustainable management of our aquatic, riverine and marine ecosystems. Our goal is to have our catchments and waterways healthy and resilient to change.

To achieve this it is necessary for us to understand the processes that sustain our natural systems, what function they play in the total water cycle, and how changes in natural and human environments may impact on the integrity of these systems; including what can be done to reduce these impacts.

City of Gold Coast's Catchment Management Unit undertakes and supports research and development programs that examine these relationships so that the best environmental solutions can be applied that are innovative, practical and adaptive. Our research and development programs feed into the following services:

  • innovative approaches to environmental education, awareness and behavioural change
  • waterways and riparian restoration and habitat conservation management
  • innovative and adaptive environmental management approaches
  • tailored evaluation, monitoring and compliance of ecosystem health
  • water quality monitoring programs
  • aquatic flora and fauna monitoring programs
  • community capacity building in waterway management
  • assuring best practice design and quality assurance in all approaches.

The Catchment Management Unit also supports Griffith University under the ‘Industry Affiliates Program (IAP) which helps to integrate undergraduate and postgraduate students into the workplace. Each year we select marine science students to assist us in research that evaluates the condition of our coastal receiving waters such as the Broadwater, mangrove habitats and estuaries.

Below are examples of research and development programs undertaken by the Catchment Management Unit:

The following research reports are in draft and will be made available to the public upon completion:

  • Southport Broadwater Parklands Mangrove and Seagrass Habitat Project
  • Southport Broadwater Parklands - Condition of sediment and the associated fauna report
  • Southport Broadwater Parklands - Growth and condition of the planted mangroves (including nutrients and pollutant uptake) report.
  • Protecting Gold Coast Beaches: using coastal wetland habitat to improve water quality (published in Wetlands Australia Tourism - Urban Wetlands)

For further information and advice contact the City on 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) or 07 5582 8211.

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