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Bring Back Big Groyne Kirra rally for Saturday 17th March

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 March, 2012 : - - Gold Coast Mayoral candidate Peter Young is backing the proposal to bring back Big Groyne Kirra and will hold a public rally next Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta from 11am to announce his intentions. The Big Groyne was reduced by 30 metres in 1995 by then Gold Coast Deputy Mayor and Southern Councillor Peter Turner. Ironically Turner who established Kirra Surf campaigned for Council office to stop Kirra from being turned into a marina during the eighties.

The overwhelming majority of surfers are of the opinion that when the Big Groyne was reduced, this action altered the longshore current and changed the iconic Kirra Point Break even before the sand pumping operation began in 2001. “I am keen to pursue the extension of Big Groyne to how it was and to help bring back the famous Point break, “said Young who encourages all those who are in favour to join his public rally this Saturday on the Coolangatta side of Big Groyne.

Apart from giving Kirra a chance to return to its glory days, the extension of Big Groyne can be used as a public enmity, an attraction and vantage point for those wishing to watch, fish,mediatate, yoga, Pilates , perform marriage ceremonies and be recognized as an iconic Gold Coast landmark.

It was former Southern Gold Coast Councillor the late Sue Robbins who approached the local boardriders Kirra Surfriders club with the idea of building a platform on Big groyne for their events to judge and offer spectators a view of the action. The KSC are yet to host their annual Kirra Teams event at Kirra or hold a club round there. According to outstanding club member Asher Pacey who only competes in club events, “The sad thing about surfing for the KSC, I’m yet to compete for the club at Kirra!”

Former ASP World tour competitor Dean Morrison is 100% behind restoring Big Groyne to how it was. “We campaigned for this back in 2006 and I am stoked to see that it’s back on the agenda and ask everybody to turn up for the rally on Saturday!”

On a sadder note the surfing and music community is shocked with the tragic news that Brian “Birdy” Burdett and his daughters Sky and Kayla were tragically killed in a head on car crash on Friday night 9th of March. Birdy was a great surfer and professional musician who wrote the number one hit “Let Kirra be Kirra.” Condolences to Family and friends.


 



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Author: Andrew McKinnon


Tags: Kirra, Big Groyne, Australia, Surf Restoration


Events: Surfersvillage


 

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