Gold Coast council stops Kirra groyne work

 Kirra circa 1992 ©

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Gold Coast City Council failed to have the necessary approvals

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 August, 2013 : - - Work has stalled on the rebuilding of Kirra groyne because the Gold Coast City Council failed to have the necessary approvals in place before it kicked off the $800,000 project.

Mayor Tom Tate invited media representatives and surfing greats such as Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew to the site on July 29 to announce the start of work but yesterday the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection's acting regional manager, Brett Glosko, confirmed the State Government had not ticked off on the groyne rebuilding.

"Whilst council has moved machinery on to the site and stockpiled rock in preparation for the start, council is awaiting formal approval before undertaking the works that require a development approval," he said. Local coastal groups became suspicious there was a problem with the approval last week when the department wrote to stakeholders asking if they supported the extension of the groyne.

Cr Tate yesterday refused to concede that council had dropped the ball on the approval process, instead blaming the Government for tying things up. "The political message we were sent was to get on with the work," he said. "Then the bureaucrats tell us that we need another approval. You can't have it both ways."

Cr Tate said he did not want to sit around and wait to protect the city's beaches while government bureaucrats delayed the process. "While we are waiting to see what they are going to do, we lose more sand from the city's beaches," he said. "Cutting through the red tape should be top priority for the Queensland Government.

"But we are not going to break the law and go ahead with it."

Read the full article at The Gold Coast

Source: Gold Coast

Author: Lucy Ardern

Tags: Kirra Groyne, Gold Coast, Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew

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