Tensions run excessive over entry to Gold Coast waterways

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Life on Gold Coast waterfront isn’t all sunsets and champagne.


Water fuels the Gold Coast lifestyle however conflicts are arising with waterfront blocks being snapped up for thousands and thousands as everybody else tries to entry public waterways.

Water is an integral characteristic of life on the Gold Coast with a lot of town’s most wanted actual property is constructed round it. The in depth community of canals, rivers and lakes present a liquid playground for boating, paddling and fishing.

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However the interplay between non-public waterfront property house owners and public waterways customers presents excessive potential for battle, fuelled by confusion round guidelines and rights.

One Broadbeach Waters resident experiences her 12-year-old son was “instructed off” for strolling on the sand between a residential property and the canal close to their house.

“We’re new to residing on a canal,” the resident defined.

“Can somebody please inform me the principles relating to strolling on the sand, canal aspect of individuals’s property? Is it non-public land?”

There are tons of of kilometres of canal frontage on the Gold Coast. Picture: Chris Bashall


Some declare the sandy strip to the low tide mark is non-public property; others keep most of the people is free to stroll alongside the water’s edge; whereas some recommend that, whatever the guidelines, wandering waterside of personal properties is solely impolite.

Gold Coast marine rescue volunteer and lawyer Tony Kyle had trigger to research the principles round entry to waterways after witnessing a dispute first-hand.

“I used to be out on the water one weekend and stumbled throughout a man fishing in his kayak who was about to punch on with a resident who was throwing rocks at him,” he stated.

“The fact is that it is rather complicated as a result of the Gold Coast encompasses the total gamut of waterfront situations and what applies in some suburbs, doesn’t apply in others.”

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Kayak fishing is a well-liked pursuit on the Gold Coast. Image Glenn Hampson


Tidal waterways and established our bodies of water are often owned by the state and freehold property titles often lengthen solely to the excessive water mark, Mr Kyle advises.

As such, adjoining waterways and foreshore areas beneath the excessive tide mark are public areas, open to entry and use by members of the general public.

“Folks typically do really feel like they personal it as a result of they’ve received some sort of infrastructure over it, equivalent to a jetty,” Mr Kyle stated.

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“That offers them the best to make use of the jetty but it surely doesn’t give them possession of the sand and waterways that the jetty might go over.”

No everyone seems to be free to entry sure waterways inside Sanctuary Cove.


The grasp deliberate communities of Sanctuary Cove and Hope Island embody sure waterways as widespread property areas, as does Ephraim Island.

The our bodies company for these areas can impose guidelines about entry to those areas of water, together with proscribing entry to most of the people.

“The unbelievable waterways we’ve got on the Gold Coast and the excessive density of waterfront property means there’s loads of alternative for miscommunication,” Mr Kyle stated.

“As a basic rule, mutual courtesy between property house owners and waterways customers is the very best coverage, respecting each other’s rights to entry and the need for privateness.”

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