Surfers Paradise Riverside commercial pontoon opens

3 July 2015

The first initiative of the Surfers Riverside Masterplan is complete with a new pontoon for commercial operators now open.

The pontoon caters for vessels up to 28 metres long and up to 70 tonnes, provides disabled access, and functions in all tidal conditions and severe weather.

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the $800,000 upgrade was just the start of plans to revitalise the Surfers riverside precinct.

"This joint investment with the State Government and the Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) is a great way to kick off the fresh look we are creating for this prime piece of public waterfront," Mayor Tate said.

"It’s also a fantastic tourism opportunity and I invite commercial operators to get on board and start using the pontoon to bring people to the Surfers riverfront and surrounding areas."

Ports Minister Mark Bailey said the new pontoon would help make the 2018 Commonwealth Games™ an even more memorable event for visitors. 

"The Gold Coast is preparing to host visitors from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories so I’m pleased key infrastructure is being built to improve waterway access," he said.

"I’m determined to work constructively to deliver the best Games possible."

The Surfers Riverside Masterplan has been developed by GCWA in conjunction with the City to guide staged future development along the waterfront between Appel Park and Lionel Perry Park.

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Images of the pontoon are available on request.

Surfers Paradise Riverside commercial pontoon opens photo