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Broadbeach Waters history

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Click to enlarge Believed to be early development of Broadbeach Waters, 1973. Bob Avery, photographer.

Believed to be early development of Broadbeach
Waters, 1973. Bob Avery, photographer.

In the late 1950s, a form of land reclamation and development took placeĀ on the Gold Coast that had not been seen before in this country.

Sand pumping technology, first used in the sand mining industry, would change the shape of the rivers and convert low ground behind the dunes into prime real estate.

In the 1960s, the 100 hectare Florida Gardens Estate project created 1000 allotments and involved the construction of a 30 metre canal linking the Nerang River with Little Tallebudgera Creek.

Since that time canal estates have proliferated within the low lying land behind the coastal dunes.

These areas quickly developed their own character, due in part to the necessary subdivisional pattern of courts and cul de sacs.

Information and images provided by the City of Gold Coast Local Studies Collection.

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