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Cronulla now recognised as a National Surfing Reserve


(L to R) Clr David Redmond, Mr Brad Farmer and Mr Warwick Watkins officially
open Cronulla, and it’s beaches, as an official National Surfing Reserve.

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Cronulla recognised as a surfing landmark, named a National Surfing Reserve

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 September, 2008 : - - Cronulla, NSW – The iconic beaches of Cronulla were today etched in surfing folklore, joining an exclusive list of beaches recognised as a national treasure. Recognised as an official National Surfing Reserve by the NSW Department of Lands in front of government dignitaries and international surfing luminaries today; Cronulla became the first metropolitan beach in Australia to be granted this prestigious honour.

Steeped in a deep surfing history, Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor David Redmond is extremely proud to see this accolade bestowed upon Cronulla and its beaches. “Today is a proud day for the local surfing community and the greater Sutherland Shire as a whole,” Councillor Redmond said. “Surfing is extrinsically linked to the Sutherland Shire and local community and it seems only fitting that our beaches are bestowed this privilege.”

From the celebrated Voodoo in the north to Sandshoes in the south, the pristine beaches of Cronulla are now granted legal protection by the NSW state government. “The beaches of Sutherland Shire belong to all who share the common love of the sand and the surf,” Councillor Redmond continued. “Surfing in all its forms is a truly special sport,” he said.

Having bred a host of iconic and celebrated surfing icons including Kirk Flintoff, Steve Warren, Jim Banks, Richard Marsh and Garry Green to name but a few, it was Cronulla’s greatest surfing product who was on hand today.


Mark Occhilupo with Mr Brad Farmer from the National Surfing Reserves and
Sutherland Shire Mayor Clr David Redmond at the official naming of
Cronulla as a National Surfing Reserve.


Recognised as one of the most influential and successful figures within the international surfing landscape, Kurnell local product Mark Occhilupo was today a proud Sutherland Shire local. “I’m so honoured to be here today it’s a proud day for myself as well as the local area,” Occhilupo said. “It’s a great initiative to help nature remain pure around the beaches of Cronulla.”

Having won an ASP World Title in 1999 after an illustrious 24 years at the pinnacle of international competition, Occhilupo learned his trade around the local Cronulla area. “Growing up us a cocky young kid from Kurnell, I have so many fond memories,” Occhilupo admitted. “I have really distinct memories of running down the massive sand hills that used to be near my place on the way to the ocean,” he mused. “The waves around Cronulla are awesome - they really test your ability and challenge all experience and skill levels.”

Having joined the likes of Crescent Head, Lennox Head and Angourie, Cronulla will see it’s first event as a recognised National Surfing Reserve with Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage beginning tomorrow. With the congregation of Sydney’s best, young surfing talents upon Cronulla, the action is sure to be electric.

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About National Surfing Reserves

National surfing reserves honour surfing and its unique place in the Australian way of life.  Australian surfers, and our surf breaks, are famous throughout the world while in New South Wales surfing is part of the social and economic fabric of many coastal communities. The legal protection government provides a national surfing reserve highlights the significance of the Crown land estate in ensuring our beaches are accessible to surfers and everyone else who wants to enjoy them. The Department of Lands will continue to support communities seeking reserve status for iconic surfing locations.

Surfing reserves recognise sites of environmental, cultural and historic significance in Australian surf culture. This recognition helps raise awareness about the importance of protecting our precious coastal environment.  The Department of Lands fully supports the national surfing reserve initiative and has been working in partnership with the community and the National Surfing Reserves Committee to create these reserves under the Crown Lands Act 1989.

A surfing reserve is a dedicated area that is protected for use by the general public and surfing community. To date, some 24 sites along Australia’s 37,000km coastline have been identified for dedication by the Sites National Reference Group. The national surfing reserve initiative recognises these sites and ensures that they remain protected for generations to come. This model is a first in recognising the iconic status surfing has achieved throughout the world.

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