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Gold Coast Broadwater: Southern Moreton Bay, Southeast Queensland (Australia)

  • Dunn R
  • Waltham N
  • Benfer N
  • et al.
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The Gold Coast Broadwater, a large shallow estuarine water body, is a central feature of the Gold Coast City in Southeast Queensland (Australia) and forms the southern part of Moreton Bay. The Broadwater has undergone dramatic changes over the past few decades, including the construction of an extensive number and network of artificial waterways that account for up to 90 % of Australia’s canal estates. Positioned in one of the fastest growing regions in the developed world, urbanisation surrounding the Broadwater will continue. The region has important biodiversity values that have led to areas of the Broadwater being listed as an international Ramsar site and inclusion to international migratory bird agreements. The Broadwater provides a vital function in the provision of feeding, spawning and nursery sites for recreationally and commercially important finfish species. Key to the protection of the Broadwater is a reduction of pollutant loads from urban and agricultural stormwater run-off, golf courses and industrial infrastructure/areas and replacement of natural habitats with urban development. Collectively, initiatives undertaken by regulatory authorities have been successful to date and demonstrate that future conservation requires the integration of multidisciplinary science and proactive management driven by the high ecological, economical and community values placed on the Broadwater and adjoining waterways.




Dunn, R. J. K., Waltham, N. J., Benfer, N. P., King, B. A., Lemckert, C. J., & Zigic, S. (2014). Gold Coast Broadwater: Southern Moreton Bay, Southeast Queensland (Australia) (pp. 93–109).

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