The State Government has announced the new reef installation has begun in August, located approximately 2.5kms off the Main Beach on the Gold Coast.
The ‘Wonder Reef’ has been secured in a 50 year sea-bed lease, with $2.5 million investment each from the Queensland State Government and the Gold Coast City Council.
The Gold Coast City Council website outlines new ecotourism attraction will sustain a rich diversity of marine life for all levels of diver experience.
– inject $32.8 million into the region’s economy and 80 jobs
– provide for 166,000 new overnight visitors to the Gold Coast
– best practice art, science and engineering design
– attract and sustain a rich diversity of marine life
– offer an interesting and exciting dive experience
– deliver a dive experience for a range of diver certification levels
– provide significant economic benefit and generate jobs
– build the capacity of local tourism operators and businesses
– foster greater appreciation of marine life and the natural environment
– provide marine research and educational opportunities.
Stirling Hinchliffe, Tourism Minister outlined that the State Government had invested $2.5 million in the City of Gold Coast’s purpose-built, eco-engineered diving reef.
“The Palaszczuk Government has also delivered a 50-year seabed lease for Wonder Reef, 2.5 kilometres off the Gold Coast’s Main Beach”.
“Built in Maryborough and supporting 18 local jobs during construction, Wonder Reef is as Queensland as our world-famous beaches”.
“Wonder Reef is part of our commitment to helping Gold Coast tourism rebuild better and is set to top the bucket lists of scuba divers from across Australia”.
“For world-class diving experiences, Queensland is Good to Go, and there’s no better time to support our tourism industry”.
“Wonder Reef would join a collection of artificial reef dive sites in Queensland include Townsville’s Museum of Underwater Art, ex-HMAS Tobruk in the Great Sandy Marine Park, and ex-HMAS Brisbane off Mooloolaba,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
The reef will be 846 tonnes of steel and concrete-bases attached with eight and 10 aluminium anodes are attached to the reef structure to protect against corrosion. The reef will be installed using a large floating crane to position 9 sculptural reef flutes anchored to the sea bed at a depth of 30 metres.
The weigh more than and will undergo six to eight months of rigorous monitoring and testing to meet approvals and diver safety.
Meaghan Scanlon, Member for Gaven and Environment Minister outlined that the Wonder Reef was expected to attract 160,000 new visitors and deliver $32 million within a decade for the city’s economic recovery.
“Wonder Reef will be another great addition to the unique visitor experiences that make the Gold Coast Australia’s favourite destination”.
“Once operational, Council expects Wonder Reef should eventually support up to 80 operational jobs for our Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan”.
“After installation, marine experts will start work on planting local species of coral to help accelerate marine and entice a rich diversity of sea life”.
“Diving experts predict Wonder Reef will create a unique diving experience for visitors within a 10 to 15-minute boat trip from the Gold Coast Seaway”.
“With more than 2,300 kilometres of the largest coral reef system on the planet and soon Wonder Reef, Queensland and the Gold Coast are the place to be for divers and snorkelers of all ages and abilities,” Ms Scanlon said.
Tom Tate, Mayor of the Gold Coast City Council outlined that Wonder Reef was many years in the making.
“It’s exciting we are close to seeing Wonder Reef become a reality and providing yet another reason for tourists to visit our great city”.
“It’s not just about the many tourism benefits – this will also be an environmental wonder with more than 30,000m3 of new reef habitat for the Gold Coast’s unique marine life to call home”.
“Wonder Reef will be an incredible addition to the Gold Coast’s dive scene”.
“If you aren’t already a diver, I encourage you to sign up for a course with a local dive operator ready for Wonder Reef’s opening in early 2022,” the Mayor said.
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– Media Statement: Wonder Reef to make an economic splash
– Council Information: Wonder Reef – Gold Coast Dive Attraction
– Address: Wonder Reef, Gold Coast
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