Proposed Subordinate Local Law No. 7.5 (Public dive precincts) 2021

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Consultation has concluded

Council of the City of Gold Coast (the City) is proposing to make Subordinate Local Law No. 7.5 (Public dive precincts) 2021 to regulate the newly constructed dive attraction ‘Wonder Reef’.

Wonder Reef was installed in early August 2021 approximately 2.5 kilometres offshore from Philip Park, The Spit. Following 6-8 months of monitoring and reporting to satisfy conditions of approval, diving is planned to open to the public in early 2022.

The City’s current Local Law No. 7 (Council Property) 2008 contains the necessary general provisions for the governance of properties under Council’s control. The establishment of a new subordinate local law is required to provide requirements and restrictions that are specific to the public dive site. The law will regulate access to the precinct and ensure there are restrictions in place to protect human safety and the natural and built environment.

The purpose and general effect of the proposed subordinate local law is as follows:

  • Allow for regulation of access to public dive precincts
  • Ensure there are restrictions in place to protect human safety and the built and natural environment, including reef infrastructure and associated fish and other marine life
  • Limit access to a public dive precinct to holders of a dive precinct permit, authorised commercial dive tour operators or those under direction of an authorised person.

The City is conducting a public interest test in relation to the anti-competitive provisions identified in the proposed subordinate local law.

For further information on the proposed subordinate local law, review the following documents:

To have your say about the proposed subordinate local law:

  • Scanned and emailed to gchaveyoursay@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
  • Posted to Chief Executive Officer, City of Gold Coast, PO Box 5042 GCMC QLD 9726
  • Delivered in person to a Customer Service Counter at 833 Southport Nerang Road, Nerang

Hard copies of the submission form and associated documents are also available at the above City of Gold Coast Customer Service Centre.

Note: Only properly made submissions will be considered. A submission is properly made to the extent that the submission relates only to the proposed subordinate local law. A submission may be made, in writing, alternatively by the completion of the submission form. No acknowledgement will be issued on receipt of submissions.

Community engagement runs until 5pm Monday 8 November 2021

We look forward to receiving your comments and feedback.

Council of the City of Gold Coast (the City) is proposing to make Subordinate Local Law No. 7.5 (Public dive precincts) 2021 to regulate the newly constructed dive attraction ‘Wonder Reef’.

Wonder Reef was installed in early August 2021 approximately 2.5 kilometres offshore from Philip Park, The Spit. Following 6-8 months of monitoring and reporting to satisfy conditions of approval, diving is planned to open to the public in early 2022.

The City’s current Local Law No. 7 (Council Property) 2008 contains the necessary general provisions for the governance of properties under Council’s control. The establishment of a new subordinate local law is required to provide requirements and restrictions that are specific to the public dive site. The law will regulate access to the precinct and ensure there are restrictions in place to protect human safety and the natural and built environment.

The purpose and general effect of the proposed subordinate local law is as follows:

  • Allow for regulation of access to public dive precincts
  • Ensure there are restrictions in place to protect human safety and the built and natural environment, including reef infrastructure and associated fish and other marine life
  • Limit access to a public dive precinct to holders of a dive precinct permit, authorised commercial dive tour operators or those under direction of an authorised person.

The City is conducting a public interest test in relation to the anti-competitive provisions identified in the proposed subordinate local law.

For further information on the proposed subordinate local law, review the following documents:

To have your say about the proposed subordinate local law:

  • Scanned and emailed to gchaveyoursay@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
  • Posted to Chief Executive Officer, City of Gold Coast, PO Box 5042 GCMC QLD 9726
  • Delivered in person to a Customer Service Counter at 833 Southport Nerang Road, Nerang

Hard copies of the submission form and associated documents are also available at the above City of Gold Coast Customer Service Centre.

Note: Only properly made submissions will be considered. A submission is properly made to the extent that the submission relates only to the proposed subordinate local law. A submission may be made, in writing, alternatively by the completion of the submission form. No acknowledgement will be issued on receipt of submissions.

Community engagement runs until 5pm Monday 8 November 2021

We look forward to receiving your comments and feedback.