Surf Management Plan fine in theory, but now needs cash
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 January, 2016 - Beaches on the Gold Coast are a huge economic draw for the area. Now, National Surfing Reserves founder Brad Farmer is asking the Gold Coast City Council to put their money where their mouth is.
Mr. Farmer has called on the council to include $25 million each year in the annual budget to maintain a series of man-made surfing reefs.
“(It) would be a baseline starting point if Mayor Tom Tate is true blue about saving and increasing surfing resources for the sustained economic surfing future of the Gold Coast,” Farmer said.
According the article in the Gold Coast Bulletin, the mayor said his support for surfing and beach preservation was “without question” and challenged Mr Farmer to complete the council’s online annual budget survey before 31 January.
Farmer told the GCBulletin that his biggest fear was that the SMP was only a token gesture.