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Gold Coast gov't backs World Surfing Reserve nomination

Worth protecting? Kirra © Peter 'Joli' Wilson



World Surfing Reserves

Burleigh Point to Snapper Rocks opted as a World Surfing Reserve

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 September, 2015 - Gold Coast - The world’s surfing capital, the Gold Coast, today won crucial support from the City Council in an 11-1 decision to back a hard fought nomination as a World Surfing Reserve, expected in 2016.

The creator of the Surfing Reserves concept, Australian Brad Farmer, welcomed the announcement as ‘Gold Stamp for the Gold Coast’ . The World Surfing Reserve program seeks to enshrine and protect the world’s iconic surf spots.

While the proposal had support from all levels of Government and both sides of politics, the City of Gold Coast had resisted the nomination concerned about restrictions over future coastal development.

“Today’s decision comes with strings attached according to inside reports”, said Brad Farmer “but the symbolic principles to recognize the famed surf breaks of the Gold Coast is worth popping the corks for.”

“GC WSR Chairman Andrew McKinnon has led an unrelenting campaign to see the nomination through.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and other key politicians have all endorsed the nomination.  The Gold Coast Waterways Authority, National Surfing Reserves, Surf Lifesaving Queensland, Surfing Queensland, environment groups Gecko, Save the Waves Coalition and Surfrider Foundation, academics and community organisations, local boardrider and longboarding clubs and diving and fishing associations have also written in support.

The proposal is to have the southern strip from Burleigh Point to Snapper Rocks dedicated as a World Surfing Reserve which were declared National Surfing Reserves in 2012 by the Governor of Queensland.   The GC WSR nomination is supported by the majority of surfers including Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson.   Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended the first Australian WSR, Manly-Freshwater, in 2012. 

“The Gold Coast is also hosting the forthcoming Commonwealth Games and a Declaration for a WSR will be a shot in the arm for ‘Brand GC”, Mr Farmer said.

Mr Farmer who appointed Kelly Slater the WSR Ambassador in 2010, concluded by saying that WSR must also include Hawaii, the world birthplace of surfing, in 2016-17.

Brad Farmer

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