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Coastal management

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Caring for our coast

Currumbin - Australia's Cleanest Beach 2013

Currumbin - Australia's Cleanest Beach 2013

Construction of the A-line Seawall at Miami

Construction of the A-line Seawall at Miami
Skyepics, 2011

Dredging operations at Currumbin Creek

Dredging operations at Currumbin Creek
Skyepics, 2011


City of Gold Coast is committed to protecting and managing one of our most valuable assets - our beaches.

We care for the city's beaches and foreshores all year round, from Rainbow Bay near the New South Wales border to the coastline of South Stradbroke Island in the north.

Our Ocean Beaches Strategy and Shoreline Management Plan are our main guiding documents, setting out best practice for the day-to-day and long-term management of our ocean beaches.

The City has a long history of work to protect our coast from pressures such as storm events and coastal development. Current management activities include dredging, sand bypassing, sand nourishment, and the construction of protection structures.

We undertake extensive monitoring of our beaches and of coastal patterns, and the data we've gathered over many years provides us with valuable information about coastal processes and their impact on our coastline.

Sand dunes play a vital role in coastal protection, so we also invest in dune health, engaging local contractors and funding the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management's BeachCare program.

The City also supports community groups who help look after our dunes. There are many ways that individuals or organisations can get involved in caring for our coast.

For more information about coastal processes, see the Discovering our coast page.

Find links below to Griffith University's Centre for Coastal Management website and our fact sheets for more information on our beaches and foreshores.

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