Cylinder Beach is the most popular beach on North Stradbroke Island. In 2017, it was named by Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) as the state’s top beach.
However, the beach, foreshore, parkland and amenities are suffering from long-term neglect. The Cylinder Beach area has serious problems with poor vegetation management, stormwater runoff, polluted water seepage from unsewered dwellings above the beach, erosion of the grassed areas by uncontrolled car parking and foot traffic, and sub-standard toilet and shower facilities.
All these issues are exacerbated by a lack of basic maintenance of the parkland and facilities and any long-term strategic management of this key natural asset for visitors and residents.