GALLERY: The Northern beachfront and waterways on the Gold Coast – Australia’s 6th largest city – represents the last bastion of relatively undeveloped and open landscape and seascape that remains in a city that has seen many parts of itself been ravaged by half a century of some of the fastest growth (development) in the nation.
The absolute key identifier and measure of quality for locals and visitors alike is the fact that this city is uniquely positioned to NOT destroy and greedily consume it’s remaining culturally, socially, economically and environmentally rich spaces as our population edges upwards – to not make the mistake hundreds of cities around the world have already much to the regretful lament of those city’s leaders and people as they look back at what could have been.
“If I could, I’d get rid of the cruise ships tomorrow. Their passengers clog up our airport and leave empty hotel rooms that tourists wishing to stay in the city can’t access. They don’t spend any money, other than cab fares getting between the airport and the cruise terminal. And they’re a huge drain on our city’s resources” – Jim Naugle, then mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
A great opportunity exists to protect and ensure our major point of difference, to secure and retain our ‘Central Park’ and to ensure our own marine park remains clean, free, open and undeveloped for generations of locals and visitors to come.
I’ve been a local for all of my life and my family has also – for over a century – been part of this geography and community. The history, culture and environment here in this area is second to none for such a city. I’ve travelled to many countries, ports, harbours, cities, continents and places around the world, and whilst every place I’ve seen has held its own beauty and value, I’m yet to find any city of similar scope or size that even comes close to having such contrast, opportunity, unique amenities and natural balance.
Below are some of my photographs from over the years and of some of the wonderful natural spaces – spaces that frame, bound and highlight that we truly do live in paradise no matter what perspective your viewpoint may be.