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Coast set to install 'wonder-ful' new dive attraction
We Are Gold Coast | June 24, 2021
Australia’s first purpose-built floating reef will soon be installed on the Gold Coast, as the big-ticket tourism project lands its official name after a public search for a title.
After receiving more than 200 naming suggestions, City of Gold Coast have officially named the attraction – Wonder Reef, reflecting its unique design.
Wonder Reef will contain nine reef structures, weigh more than 738 tonnes, and create a 32,000m3 reef habitat.
The reef, which will sit about 2.5 kilometres offshore from The Spit at Main Beach, is expected to attract more than 16,000 diving enthusiasts to the Gold Coast annually and inject $32.8 million into the economy in the first 10 years.
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the reef’s foundations, made in Maryborough, had been transported to Brisbane for final works, before being barged to the coast for installation.
“Weather permitting, they will be lowered into the water in coming weeks,” said Mayor Tate.
Wonder Reef’s most prominent features is nine buoyant ‘sculptural reef flutes’ individually tethered to the seafloor by reinforced concrete and steel pyramids.
Artist Daniel Templeman
The sculptures will vary in depth from 10 metres to 30 metres, making it ideal for beginners and experienced divers alike.
The steel reef structures have been designed to attract and sustain a rich diversity of fish and other marine life.
The $5 million dive attraction project is being delivered jointly by the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast.
The reef sculptures are the work of renowned Queensland artist Daniel Templeman who has brought his creative interpretation to the marine engineering capabilities offered by Subcon Technologies to create the structures.
The attraction is expected to open to the public in early 2022.
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