Superior Jetties – Educational Series – Fixed Structures – 1 of 5

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Join CEO John Hogan in the first of five videos of our educational series on what secures your waterfront infrastructure. These videos help give you an understanding of how floating structures can be secured in place at your waterfront property.


Enhancing the Gold Coast waterways

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The Gold Coast Waterways Authority has been a quiet achiever since it was established in 2012 with the mandate to “Sustain, Enhance and Promote” the Gold Coast’s most significant natural asset.

Led by CEO, Hal Morris the GCWA has a budget of $30 million and a 10 year strategy aimed at improving access to our waterways through channel maintenance such as dredging and providing waterways destinations.

In the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the work of the GCWA will become crucial, driven by organisers and stakeholders who believe the Broadwater and waterways will be as important to the Commonwealth Games as Sydney Harbour was to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Recently, we were among a cross section of stakeholders surveyed in the GCWA Statutory Review, conducted by an independent company to ascertain the effectiveness of its work. As boat owners, residents and avid users of the Gold Coast waterways we were happy to provide feedback on the improved access, the continuing health of the waterways, and a budget used wisely.

Results are expected this month, but by all accounts, it has been unanimously positive. This is largely due to Hal Morris and his dedicated team with the vision, nous and experience gained from backgrounds in government and private enterprise.

I recently spoke with Hal and the team at GCWA about the objectives for 2016 and they identified: Channel Maintenance works at Cabbage Tree Point, Jacobs Well, Tipplers Passage, North Channel, South Channel and South Wavebreak Island and Biggera Creek.

Also on the list of priorities are upgrades to the Seaway Kiosk, Broadwater Parklands Stage 3 boat ramp and floating walkway, Surfers Riverside River Edge Treatment, Major Navigation Aids Maintenance project throughout waterways network, Tipplers Passage Infrastructure upgrades, and the Coomera Dredge Sediment Management Facility.

The majority of this work is accessible to all residents and visitors to the Gold Coast, whether boaties on the water or day trippers by the water. Queensland governments past and present should be congratulated for their recognition of the worth, in terms of tourism and intrinsic value to the aquatic lifestyle we enjoy on the Gold Coast.


The Waterways Management Program 2015-2019 is available at

Hal Morris CEO GC Waterways Authority



6 Metre Tinnie Boat Lift by Superior Jetties

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Meet the new 6 metre tinnie lift from Superior Jetties, this boat lift is designed for small tinnies or RIBS up to 6 metres and uses no moving parts therefore gaining life expectancy. Made from Rotomoulded plastic using our UMD modules gives this product great strength and reliability. To find out more contact our sales team on 07 5594 8200



Queensland Ballet’s Superior warm up for BLEACH

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Performers from the Queensland Ballet took to a Superior Elite pontoon at Sovereign Islands on Friday for a rehearsal ahead of the debut performance of “Shifting Sands”, part of this year’s BLEACH Festival, 4 to 20 March.

Shifting Sands is an original creation on the GC by GC artists, performers and locals, specifically for the GC.

Focusing on the significance of Currumbin Estuary and surrounding beach, the multimedia event involves a cast of 60, plus five talented “pups on SUPS”, and a stunning performance by the Queensland Ballet, as well as subtle soundscapes, kayaks, life savers, dragon boats, synchronised swimmers, circus and dance, all accompanied by narration from local voices and the sounds of accomplished songwriter and instrumentalist, Bobby Alu.

The world premiere of Shifting Sands is a free, outdoor extravaganza, unlike anything the Gold Coast has ever seen, supported – quite literally – by Superior Jetties.

Superior’s Elite pontoon will provide the stage, while the sand of the creek banks will form the seating and the surrounding vantage points are the perfect natural auditorium for large audiences.

The Superior pontoon, the only fixed point in a performance, will extend the performers’  usable space and represent how man-made structures, like the natural landscape, have an important role to play.

Artistic Director Louise Bezzina and Creative director Donna Jackson have collaborated with internationally acclaimed choreographer, Amy Hollingsworth of the Queensland Ballet.

With all of the great input from so many people the show always seemed to be somewhat of a leap of faith. Our sponsorship involves providing a stable stage that is functional, safe, discrete.  It needed to be solid yet blend into the surroundings so that it did not steal the limelight.

With these thoughts we set about a custom solution that provides a 12m x 6m solid deck weighing over 25 Tonnes.  At the back of house we are installing the UMD modules to allow for access by boats, SUP, kayaks and more during the performance.

Even with all these plans the real test was for the actual stars from the Queensland Ballet along with their Ballet Mistress and Creative Director, Amy Hollingsworth to dance on a Superior Jetties Elite pontoon.

They had to prove the concept and check for stability, so the entire company rushed to one side of the unit to determine if they needed to modify their choreography due to any limitations of this new surface.

It was much more than a walk over! The boom box provided amazing music and the dancers took to their “stage”. When a male dancer tossed a female performer 5 metres into the air upside down, I realised ‘We are in Show Business!’

The Superior Elite pontoon, part of The Boutique Boat Company on Sovereign Island, stood up to all tests.

We owe a big thanks to Hugh and the team at The Boutique Boat Company on Sovereign Island. They have great examples of our pontoons there which they use to float vehicles during their legendary shows.

Shifting Sands will be something really special and no matter where your touch point is from nature, water, art, culture or just a night out at the beach, it is not to be missed, 12 and 13 March at Currumbin Estuary.


Rotomoulded Stand Up Paddle Board SUP

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The Superior Watersports board was designed by Australian surfing legend Dave Verral and is made from 100% Australian materials and labour. The board is ideal for the beginner to intermediate level rider as with its large beam it is easier to ride. The Superior SUP features a large deck grip area for easy movement around the board and a front cargo net and rear waterproof locker for stowage.

Boards Specs:

  • Length: 10’2 Ft/In – 3.1m
  • Width: 31’4 In – 0.8m
  • Height: 4.3 In – 0.11m
  • Weight: 17 Kg
  • Capacity: 110 KG – 242 lbs

Board Features:

  • High U.V Stability
  • Very High Impact Strength
  • Cargo Storage Net
  • Moulded Carry Handle
  • Non Slip Deck Grip
  • Dry Storage Locker
  • Leg Rope Insert
  • Aluminium Paddle (Standard)

Buy online here


Superior supports ballet at Bleach* Festival

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Superior will provide a serene and stable on-water platform for some of the country’s most talented performers, dancing under the stars, centre stage in Currumbin Estuary as part of this year’s Bleach* Festival, 4 to 20 March 2016

Superior’s Elite pontoon will be the floating stage for some of the stars of the Queensland Ballet performing in an original production, titled“Shifting Sands”.

Working with the Gold Coast’s world famous natural landscapes as unconventional venues, Bleach* Festival celebrates the city’s best artists, as well as welcoming renowned Australian and international collaborators in a range of accessible events.

The world premiere of Shifting Sands is a free, outdoor extravaganza, unlike anything the Gold Coast has ever seen, supported – quite literally – by Superior Jetties.

Hovering on the tidal waters of the Currumbin Estuary, Superior’s Elite pontoon will provide the stage, while the sand of the creek banks will form the seating and the surrounding vantage points are the perfect natural auditorium for large audiences.

“We are anticipating an audience of between 2,000 and 3,000,” states Creative Director, Donna Jackson. “The Superior pontoon will be the only fixed point in a performance that will be continually dynamic, showing how people from all walks of life use the water.”

Shifting Sands will involve a cast of 60, plus five talented dogs, and feature a stunning performance by the Queensland Ballet’s Jette Parker, subtle soundscapes, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, life savers, dragon boats, synchronised swimmers, circus and dance, accompanied by narration from local voices and the sounds of accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Bobby Alu.

“Superior’s pontoon will be called upon to extend our usable space for a diversity of uses. It has to be stable, secure, safe, anchored stage for the performers, and demonstrates that man-made objects are important parts of our aquatic landscape too.”

Superior CEO, John Hogan says he believes Bleach* Festival is integral to the identity and sense of place of Gold Coasters and visitors to this special place and he is proud to be a Gold Sponsor, supporter and participant in this original production.

“We will be providing a great stable platform on which to present this amazing visual spectacle under the rays of the setting sun,” he says.

“Just as a pontoon is an intimate extension of the on-water experience, so too is Bleach* an homage to our aquatic fixation. Over four nights for Shifting Sands, the Elite pontoon will be an esoteric prop for dance, drama, performance, appreciation of the natural environment and a practical station for receiving all kinds of vessels, from standup paddleboards to luxury tenders – just as it is at a marina or residence.

“Superior is thrilled to be part of this iconic Gold Coast festival with global reach, particularly in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games when the spotlight will be on our region and its incredible diversity, natural assets and vibrant culture.”

More at

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Industrial Mining pump pontoons

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Superior’s industrial brand offer floating pump pontoons that offer a complete tailings recovery system which will improve your operating budget. Talk to Superior today for an ROI.

Pump pontoons options can be used in a variety of additional tasks such as dewatering pits, flood relief, sewerage pontoons, irrigation pontoons for agricultural dams and associated floating access gangways are some of the requirements for which Superior can provide solutions.


Living on the edge

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An integral part of the Gold Coast identity and lifestyle is our vast stretch of pristine beaches, a canal system larger than Venice’s, the Broadwater, Straddie and our ease of access to the sea, the Reef and beyond.

Boaties certainly enjoy the liberty to explore our waterways and offshore, and Superior is there to supply pontoons, boat lifts and marina berths. But as CEO, John Hogan explains, “the on-water lifestyle is fundamental to work-life balance, whether you own a boat or not. Superior makes infrastructure that is accessible to all people, not just only owners”.

“As work-life balance becomes more vital for our health and well-being, the waterfront is a magnet for people seeking to revitalise body and soul. Whether swimming, walking on the sand or pathways, kayaking, standup paddle boarding or sailing, enjoying time on the water provides a connection to nature we all find enriching.”

In Sydney’s Rose Bay, Currumbin on the Gold Coast and hundreds of locations around lakes, inlets and even on the breakers, fitness entrepreneurs are tapping into this fundamental urge to enjoy the water with ‘Work out on Water sessions’ involving SUPs, kayaks and other aquatic gear.

“You see people of all skill levels doing yoga and Pilates on SUPs, and then there are the myriad kayak and jetski groups on the Broadwater at Wavebreak Island and even on the lake at Evandale,” observes John. “Plenty more just jog on the foreshore, have a picnic or meal at a waterfront venue and just enjoy the view.

John recounts the story of a recent customer who had relocated his family to the Gold Coast, but continued to commute to Brisbane each day. “He had 20 year old pontoon in need of repair. He asked us if we could you make it look new again. We stripped it back, replaced some of the deck, made an infill panel in aluminium and added new carpet and a fender on the outside. Then he wanted a jetski dock. He bought a wakeboarding boat and a seapen to keep it in. He came back to us and bought another skidock for the kids’ tinnie, and told us they bought SUPs for Christmas.

“Every weekend, as a family, they go wakeboarding and paddling. It’s big commitment in terms of investment, but it speaks volumes about their love of the water, the importance of work-life balance and quality time as a family.

“On the Gold Coast, and much of Australia, we have the water lifestyle at our doorstep. It’s part of our psyche, whether you live on it, or have to drive to walk along the shorefront – it’s part of us and part of the visual landscape.”

Good for you!

Studies show watersports are good for every aspect of our health and well-being:

  • The brain releases feel-good endorphins, plus a dip in the water cools you off and makes you feel energised to work out.
  • Skills: Many watersports carry a degree of skill mastery, which keeps your brain active and focused on the task at hand, as well as being good for your self-esteem. Experts consider this a form of meditation for a busy or stressed mind.
  • Fun factor: instead of the tedium of the gym, playing in or on the water is a great way to burn energy and keep fit.
  • Vitamin D: in small doses, sunshine helps the body create Vitamin D which is great for all-round health and helps elevate your mood.
  • Natural attraction: exercising in nature benefits your mind and your mood and clears the mind ahead of a busy day.
  • Feel good factor: being around water just makes us feel good. Numerous studies have shown the calming effects of waves and water, the favourite soothing sounds of meditation music.
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