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City of Gold Coast services

To maximise the opportunities presented by GC2018, some City of Gold Coast (City) services such as licensing, approvals and trading, may experience some temporary changes. 

The City apologises for any inconvenience caused, and thanks you for your patience during this important event for the City and our community.

Waste services

Waste collection services across most of the city will return to normal hours (6am – 6pm) from Wednesday 18 April. However, for residents of Coolangatta, early waste collections continue until Thursday 19 April.

Although we are returning to normal servicing times, putting your bins out for collection the night before is a good habit to continue post-Games.

The operation of large frequently stopping vehicles such as garbage trucks in kerbside lanes has the potential to disrupt operation of traffic during GC2018. Additionally large vehicles operating in busy pedestrian traffic areas should be avoided. As a result, changes to waste collections services will be required.

Collection times will change and in most cases will be earlier than usual in the weeks leading up to and during the Games.

From 18 March - 18 April your bins will need to be accessible for collection from midnight, the night prior to your normal service day, rather than the usual 6am start time. This will ensure the collection vehicles are able to complete all services prior to increased pedestrian and vehicle movement.

Please note that if a bin is not available for collection, it is unlikely that the waste collection vehicle can return later in the day due to the traffic control measures that will be in place that will restrict access.

In a very small number of situations a temporary change of service day will be required. Affected properties will be notified directly of any required changes.

Visit the City of Gold Coast website for detailed waste and recycling information.

Temporary closure of Merrimac Waste and Recycling Centre  2 April – 15 April inclusive

Due to temporary games impacts, the Merrimac Waste and Recycling Centre (located at Boowaggan Road, Merrimac) was closed from  2 April – 15 April 2018 inclusive. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

View all waste and recycling centres

Open spaces, park and recreational areas

Some parks and open spaces across the city, especially along the coastal strip and in proximity to venues, will be used during GC2018 for a range of purposes including temporary park ‘n’ rides, event venues and celebration zones, great places to catch gold medal action and Embrace GC2018!

These parks and foreshores will be buzzing with GC2018 activity and Festival 2018 celebrations:

  • Broadwater Parklands – GC2018 swimming, diving, triathlon and marathon venue
  • Coolangatta Beachfront – providing the stage for the GC2018 Beach Volleyball competition
  • Currumbin Beachfront – the biggest sporting extravaganza Currumbin has ever seen! Witness gold medal action for the Cycling and Walking Road Races
  • Kurrawa Park, Pratten Park and Victoria Park Broadbeach – Festival 2018 celebration zones
  • Surfers Paradise Beachfront – Festival 2018 celebration zone
  • Palm Beach Parklands – Festival 2018 pop up events
  • Paradise Point Park –  Festival 2018 pop up events

During this time access to these spaces will be restricted. The City is working to ensure as many picnic areas and toilets remain accessible. Around each event venue area there may be some changes to use. Our public spaces will continue to be maintained daily. Most facilities will be available during GC2018. If they are closed, then nearby alternatives will be made available.

Our beaches will remain accessible and lifeguards and Surf Lifesaving Queensland will continue their usual operations. There may be changes to how and where you access the beach at certain times during event days.

Read more about the Gold Coast's parks and recreational facilities.

Water and sewer shutdowns

For the period between 1 March and 15 April 2018, applications for water and sewer shutdowns may be restricted over this period and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, the City’s water and sewerage network control personnel will be prioritising matters related to GC2018 during this period. As such, the availability of officers to provide shut-down services to facilitate final connections across the city will be severely limited.

During the GC2018 period, the City requests that developers, consultants and contractors programme their works accordingly to avoid delays within their developments.

Read more about the City's water and sewerage services.

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