The dynamic nature of the City of Gold Coast - its location, biodiversity, growth and demand for services - means it faces a unique range of challenges, both now and in the future.
We are committed to responding to these challenges at many levels, working to protect our natural assets, planning for population growth and building sustainable communities.
One of the biggest challenges for the City comes from growing pressures on our natural environment from human activity. We are working to mitigate the potential impacts through our city-wide natural asset planning, working to conserve our energy and water resources, managing our waste and ensuring the ongoing support of ecologically sustainable development.
We plan and manage our response to environmental challenges by developing strategies, plans and programs that help us to enhance the city’s biodiversity and support responsible guardianship of our resources. Our work is also shaped by a range of Queensland and Commonwealth legislation which governs the protection, management and use of the environment.
We are protecting our natural environment, committing more than $38 million under the City's Our Natural Strategy (2017-2020), recognising the contribution natural areas make to our economy, lifestyle, health and happiness. The strategy focuses on connecting people with nature, protecting places for nature and partnering with the community to secure and enhance our natural assets.
See a snapshot of our unique natural assets and values.
We have developed a range of maps that detail the vegetation of the Gold Coast and highlight areas of ecological significance to inform Our Natural City Strategy.
The management and protection of our natural areas, including those parcels of land previously purchased under the Open Space Preservation Levy (OSPL), is guided by Natural Area Management Plans.
Nature-based recreation includes bushwalking, bird watching, mountain biking, horse riding, nature study, kayaking, geocaching, trail running and much more. To ensure that the reserves are protected, and that people are able to enjoy nature based recreation for the long term, the City has prepared the Nature Based Recreation Plan 2015–2025.