Expanded Broadwater Parklands closer to the finish line

8 July 2015

A $10.5 million expansion of Broadwater Parklands is progressing on budget, with work now starting on two new centrepiece community buildings.

The new buildings will offer meeting, event and educational spaces for locals and visitors, continuing to deliver City of Gold Coast’s vision for the development of the Parklands.

Broadwater Parklands Stage Three is a significant Commonwealth Games legacy project, delivering 3.5 hectares of new parklands, community and event space and much-needed new public boat ramp facilities ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth GamesTM.

Mayor Tom Tate said the two new buildings would bring much-needed community facilities to the northern end of the Parklands, offering something for everyone.

“The Northern Pavilion will provide shared community meeting and events spaces, plus upgraded public amenities. It will also house Southport Amateur Fishing Club, who gave up their former base to make way for redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre,” he said.

“On the edge of the mangroves, we’re building the stunning Environmental Educational Shelter which will be a fantastic asset for local schools and community groups, providing an all-weather space along with information on the marine habitat and the importance of water quality for the Broadwater.”

The Parklands expansion will also include a four-lane boat ramp, pontoons, extended parking facilities and an improved navigation channel, as well as new landscaping, lighting and stormwater infrastructure.

The project, delivered in partnership with Gold Coast Waterways Authority, is expected to be completed in time for the summer school holidays in December. Local companies and skills are being targeted throughout the construction period to create local jobs for local people.

With 1000 days to go until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth GamesTM, City of Gold Coast is working to maximise the benefits from the event for our local communities by planning and delivering a range of local projects to enhance and improve the lives of Gold Coasters.

Expanded Broadwater Parklands closer to the finish line photo