South Straddie and The Spit to be included in surfing reserve
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 February, 2015 - When directly asked by the media on Wednesday 18th February 2015 about her Governments position to oppose the Wavebreak Island Cruise Ship Terminal on the northern end of the Gold Coast, Queensland’s newly elected Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reaffirmed her election commitment to oppose the controversial development.
“I made it very clear that Labor (State Government) was opposed to that development (Wavebreak Island) during the election campaign and we will stand by our commitment in relation to that.”
The controversial Broadwater plan which was rejected by previous Labor Governments in 2006 includes a Cruise Ship Terminal that threatens to adversely impact on the World iconic beach break known as TOS (The Other Side).
Dredging the Southport Seaway to depths of 20 metres and at least 2 ks off the entrance to accommodate Cruise Ships would considerably hinder and not enhance the World iconic surf breaks on either side of the Seaway.
There is also a broader issue of concern regarding public space of Wavebreak Island and the Broadwater waterway with the dispossession issue of surfers, boaties, diving and all other creational marine activities that would be sacrificed if such an imposing development were considered.
A Griffith University study released by Neil Lazarow in 2009 sited a burgeoning $3.3 billion dollar turnover annually from all recreational marine activity in the Broadwater.
Chairman of Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Inc. Andrew McKinnon has supported the new Governments announcement and has included South Straddie and the Southport Spit (the surf breaks on either side of the Seaway) as part of the nomination for the GCWSR.
The new Premier of the Queensland State Labor Government affectionately known as AP also reaffirmed her election commitment of supporting a Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve from Burleigh through Snapper Rocks on Wednesday 18th February. In light of the Qld State Government’s position on the Wavebreak Island development, the GCWSR Inc. group will now ask the Premier to support South Straddie as part of the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve.
The Premier and the Queensland State Government are expected to make an official announcement of support for the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve next month in March, 2015.