The Gold Coast Transformed: From Wilderness to Urban Ecosystem

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Tor Hundloe, Bridgette McDougall, Craig Page
Csiro Publishing, Mar 23, 2015 - BUSINESS & ECONOMICS - 224 pages
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The Gold Coast is one of Australia's premier tourism destinations, a city cut out of coastal vegetation, including paperbark swamps, mangroves and rainforests of worldwide significance. The Gold Coast Transformed is a collection of integrated chapters identifying and assessing the environmental impacts of the building of Australia's sixth largest city. From the time of the first timber-getters through to the present, the book traces the cumulative impacts of humans on the now World Heritage-listed rainforest and surrounding ecosystems. The city's natural and engineered environments are both fascinating and vulnerable. The construction of massive high-rise apartment blocks, on what were frontal beach dunes, is one of the fundamental mistakes not to be repeated. The book illustrates how and why major environmentally destructive development took place and discusses the impacts of such development on the Gold Coast's beaches, wildlife, and terrestrial and marine environments, such as the destruction of riparian mangrove forest. The Gold Coast Transformed also shows the possibility of sustaining natural populations and reducing the city's ecological footprint. It will be of interest to ecologists, environmental scientists and managers, town planners, economists, policymakers and the general public.
 

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Contents

the structure of the book
1
a snapshot
21
Chapter 3 The Gold Coast before Cook named Mount Warning
35
Chapter 4 A brief history of discovery settlement and development
41
Chapter 5 The impact on the Gold Coasts terrestrial environments
53
Chapter 6 The beaches
75
out with the old in with the new
83
Chapter 8 Wildlife of the Gold Coast wetlands
93
Chapter 11 The legacy of David Fleay a pioneering Gold Coast conservationist
123
Chapter 12 The Pink Poodle swimming pavilions and Miami Ice
131
the prospect for green energy
141
meeting the environmental challenge
145
processes challenges and opportunities
159
Chapter 16 State of the environment
171
native plant foods of the Gold Coast
183
Appendices
193

the wildlife of the Gold Coast
103
wildlife of the Gold Coast theme parks
117

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