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Natural areas

Natural Areas Management Unit

The Natural Areas Management Unit (NAMU) is part of the City of Gold Coast, Parks and Recreational Services Branch that is the Community Services directorate.  NAMU is one of many Council sections aimed at protecting the natural values of the Gold Coast.  NAMU's role is to increase the liveability of the Gold Coast through the active management of over the 13,000 hectares of natural area estate.  We have over 780 separate reserves throughout the City of the Gold Coast, which is one of the most biodiverse and rapidly expanding regions in Australia.

NAMU is divided into three sections:

  • Operations and Assets
  • Fire & Biodiversity Conservation
  • Restorations

The Unit manages the direct future uses to protect natural systems, manages the hazard reduction burns program that reduces risks to adjoining properties and the active on-ground restoration works.  Implementation of these plans is undertaken by NAMU's Rangers, Bush Regenerators and Project Officers, with a view to ensuring that the community benefits with the best conservation outcomes.

The Unit engages with the wider community in many of it's activities and provides the opportunity for residents, visitors and school aged children to actively be involved.  These activities include nature based education workshops through the NaturallyGC program, getting your hands dirty by volunteering in a Bushcare or Landcare group through the Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Restoration program, or school aged children participating in the adventurous holiday program Walk on the Wildside.

See the below links to find out more information or how to become involved:-

For further information on our key programs and works, follow the links below. 

NaturallyGC programBeaches to Bushland - Volunteer Restoration Program Natural Areas Management PlansBushwalkingBushland restorationEnvironmental weedsBushfire ManagementCommunity Planting Days


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