North Kirra proposal Dead and Buried
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 January, 2014 - Last Sunday two important things occurred in the history of the Gold Coast. Firstly, the Premier publically ruled out high-rise developments and casinos on public land, including sand dunes meaning the North Kirra Ocean Terminal and Casino Resort is dead and buried.
Secondly, Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance (SOSBA), in association with Gecko, would like to thank the 3,500 recreational surfers, residents, business people, and others who came from out of area to attend the North Kirra Paddle Out/Beach Rally and expressed such a strong voice and message that echoed the Premier’s position.
Buoyed by these exciting occurrences, SOSBA, has today progressed the concept of a Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve (WSR) at a meeting in Brisbane with the Qld State Government advisors and the CEO of SLSQ, John Brennan.
Chairman of Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance Jim Wilson said, “Today, Andrew McKinnon, Secretary of SOSBA, co-founder of World Surfing Reserves Brad Farmer, and I met in Brisbane with key advisers from the Office of the Premier and the Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. They listened intently and have left the door open to continue a dialogue of further discussion. We will invite all stakeholders to form a local stewardship committee and report back to the Government with a case study of implementing a WSR for Gold Coast from South Straddie to Coolangatta.”
Mr Wilson went on to say, “We also met with Mr John Brennan, CEO of Surf Lifesaving Queensland (SLSQ), who was extremely supportive, given that WSR status would be aimed at enhancing the position and prospects of SLSQ. We have agreed with SLSQ that they will join with us in formulating a truly-representative WSR Steering Committee, as soon as possible. Once we have our governance structure organised, we will be in a position to open things up for public discussion and information, and then request meetings with the Gold Coast City Council.”
Andrew McKinnon, Secretary of SOSBA said, “The results of our Brisbane trip today were productive and should put to rest any negativity from some quarters about World Surfing Reserves. This is a wonderful opportunity to brand our beach and surf lifestyle on the Gold Coast with State and Local authorities under the WSR umbrella.
"World Champions Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson have been totally supportive and have seen WSR listings work in their travels offshore. We will be speaking with the WSR Committee in California on Saturday and will nominate Mick and Joel as Australian Ambassadors following in the footsteps of number one WSR Patron 11 times World Champion, Kelly Slater.”
Mr Wilson concluded by saying, “A key part of our WSR strategy will be to engage with the recreational surfing community and beach loving residents. After all, they are the ones who use the beach amenity on a regular basis and are responsible for our eco-tourism economy centred squarely around our beach and surfing culture.”