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Rocks are back but Kirra still on the endangered list

Kirra in 2009 ©



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$1million worth of rocks have been placed off the end of Kirra groyne 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 December, 2013 - As the trucks and cranes roll out after $1million worth of rocks have been placed off the end of Kirra groyne by the Gold Coast City Council Kirra remains on Surfrider’s Endangered Wave list. “Kirra will remain on Surfrider’s endangered waves list until the condition of the sand in the bay improves.” said Surfrider Chairman Brendan Donohoe.

Tom Tate the Mayor of the Gold Coast supported the extension of Kirra Groyne to improve the break by returning the groyne to its original length after it was shortened in the 90s and the waves have not been the same since. Trouble is the length of the groyne isn’t the only reason that the waves Kirra is famous for have been missing in action; the sand pumping from the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypass Project has altered the conditions in the bay.
“It is refreshing that after 15 years of campaigning the Mayor and Councilors of the Gold Coast have taken such a positive step” said Brendan “What is needed now is for Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Local Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey to ensure that sand pumping from the TRESBP project is coordinated with the councils actions.”
Kirra is one of the best regarded waves in Australia, its is the home break of three time surfing world champ Mick Fanning and the 15 year campaign to bring back Kirra is testament to the passion of many surfers. Particularly groups like Kirra Point Inc and local legends Wayne Deane and Rabbit.

Brendan Donohoe

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