Gold Coast Beaches Win Crucial Support from ALP Victory
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 January, 2015 - Australia’s leading coastal conservationist has called on the new Queensland Premier to act swiftly in declaring the Gold Coast waterways and beaches ‘off limits’ to developers with protective legislation in her first 100 days in office.
“As Opposition leader, Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would stop plans for a Gold Coast Cruise Ship Terminal and support the declaration a city-length World Surfing Reserve of all surfing beaches,” Brad Farmer said on the Gold Coast today.
Mr Farmer who founded the Gold Coast Greens and the Surfrider Foundation in 1992, said he believed the incoming Premier would be a powerful advocate to ensure the quality of beach life for all Gold Coasters.
“She clearly understands the value Queensland electors place on coastal assets" Farmer added “I am calling on Premier Palascczuk to draft legislation in consultation with Gold Coast community to ensure that the Broadwater is declared a Recreational Zone once and for all.”
The major proposal for the Gold Coast to be declared a World Surfing Reserve (WSR) in addition to its iconic point breaks already declared National Surfing Reserves (NSR) was ignored by the previous government and former Queensland Minister for Tourism and Member for Currumbin.
“This election is a game changer for the Gold Coast where 95% of people use the beach and want it to be protected for generations to come," said Farmer. “The current proposal put forward by the Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate for a Commercial Activity Plan for the beaches should also be reviewed now."