World champions say Bob Ell's Kirra cruise ship proposal is terminal
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 December, 2013 - Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson have dropped in on billionaire Bob Ell's plans for a $2 billion cruise ship terminal and casino at the southern Gold Coast. The proposed terminal borders the Kirra Beach surf break.
Under the proposal, Mr Ell's development company Leda Group would need about 1km of beachfront land at Bilinga to build the seaport, which would include a cruise ship terminal, superyacht facilities, a casino, resort, shops and apartments.
Fanning blasted his rage against the proposal to his 137,000 followers on Twitter, as well as his blog and Instagram, branding it ridiculous and fearing it would ruin Kirra's world class waves.
"So many things that are totally wrong about this whole idea," he wrote. "(It's) ruining our beaches by stopping natural sand flow to the northern Gold Coast that is already eroding. "(It's) ruining the world class waves we have that also generate millions of dollars in revenue for local businesses."
Fellow surfer Joel Parkinson told the Bulletin yesterday the international surfing world would rise up in protest against the cruise ship terminal.
"This would be the fatal blow to Kirra," he said. "It's one of the most magical waves on this earth. It went dormant when the sandpumping started and it's only just started coming back. "The surfing world will band together and put an end to it."
Parkinson said he feared a terminal at North Kirra would disrupt sand flows and change the way waves broke up and down the Coast, not just in the immediate area.