Celebrations turn into protests again as new Casino/Resort proposed
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 January, 2014 -- Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance who are hosting this Sunday’s Big Paddle Out Event at North Kirra are calling the Protest back on again after Gold Coast Nine News & NBNTV reported a whole new Casino/Billion dollar Resort and Marina on public land at North Kirra.
The same developers, GCOT (Gold Coast Ocean Terminal), who had their Ocean Terminal scuttled by Premier Newman on Thursday have put their toes back in the water again, on the same site proposing a multi-Billion dollar Resort & Casino on public beachfront land and an offshore Super Marina.
This Sunday’s Big Paddle Out was turning into more of a celebration than a demonstration after the Premier axed the Ocean Terminal, but the reason to celebrate may be short lived. SOSBA spokesperson, Andrew McKinnon, responded to the news saying,
“Just when you thought there was no reason to Paddle Out on Sunday, its game back on. We call on the public again to join us this Sunday at North Kirra to oppose yet another pie in the sky scheme.”
McKinnon says, “GCOT (Gold Coast Ocean Terminal) are trying to sell their idea to local surfers by saying they will build their own sand bypass outlet which they say will create the old World Famous Kirra surf break, create new breaks at Bilinga and replenish the Northern Beaches.”
Premier Newman, a self confessed beach lover, has stated that he is against any such development that infringes on public land on the beach.
An invitation has been extended to the Premier to attend this Sunday’s Big Paddle Out.
The idea of nominating the Gold Coast coastal strip from South Straddie to Coolangatta as a World Surfing Reserve went viral on the media after endorsement from our two local World Champs Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson.
SOSBA secretary Andrew McKinnon and World Surfing Reserves spokesman Brad Farmer will now seek a meeting with the Qld Premier to outline their plan for a World Surfing Reserve on the Gold Coast coastal strip. They will request State Government to reject the latest proposal, as the Premier decisively did on Thursday against the Ocean Terminal.
“We are not against the development of billion dollar Resorts, Marinas and Casinos but not on public beachfront land and offshore”, said McKinnon.