Save The Waves officially dedicates Australia's Gold Coast
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 March, 2016 - Save The Waves Coalition, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the coastal environment, is happy to announce that on the morning of March 8th the Gold Coast from Burleigh to Snapper was officially dedicated as a World Surfing Reserve (WSR).
The ceremony was held at Point Danger Park where Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate formally dedicated the 16 kilometers of Gold Coast beaches as the next World Surfing Reserve by unveiling a plaque that will be installed later at Big Groyne Kirra opposite the Michael Peterson monument.
"We recognize that our beautiful beaches are one of our most precious natural assets for residents and visitors alike,” noted Mayor Tate. “We are so proud of this special dedication.”
Worth protecting © Sean Scott
The ceremony began with a welcome to country to acknowledge the region’s Aboriginal ancestors, followed by the Australian National Anthem. Wayne “Rabbit" Bartholomew MC’d the event. Also in attendance were members of the City Council, the World Surf League, Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Chairman Andrew McKinnon, Longboard World Champion Piccolo Clemente, Save The Waves Coalition's Executive Director Nik Strong-Cvetich and Fernando Aguerre, President of International Surfing Association.
"Each applicant was highly unique, however the Gold Coast's combination of perfect point breaks and world champions was a deciding factor in winning the approval for 2016" said Save The Waves' Nik Strong-Cvetich. “The Gold Coast has taken the lead on surf amenity management through its Surf Management Plan. All of these factors have lead to this day and WSR status."
Launched in 2009 with multiple international partners, the World Surfing Reserve program is led and managed by California-based Save The Waves Coalition. Following a lengthy nomination process, the Gold Coast was chosen in October 2015 and since then has established a GCWSR Local Stewardship Council to identify and solve issues throughout the region.
"This honor is truly well earned because it required all levels of government to work together" said Gold Coast WSR Chairman, Andrew McKinnon. "After two years of hard work we've finally realized the dream."