Surfing Reserve Push Grows


A public meeting will be open to Gold Coast residents on Thursday, August 13, at Currumbin, regarding the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve from Burleigh Point to Snapper Rocks.

The campaign for a WSR began at last year’s North Kirra rally opposing the proposed ocean terminal.

The GCWSR proposal is now on in earnest to make the September deadline for a 2016 Dedication at Snapper Rocks prior to the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro.

At the last City of Gold Coast Surf Management Plan Advisory Committee meeting in June, two resolutions were passed unanimously – to support the GCWSR proposal by the SMPA committee, and to recommend to the Gold Coast councillors to support the proposal by August 31.

So what is a Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve from Burleigh to Snapper Rocks? It is about coastal culture, beach, surf and ocean lifestyle recognition and celebration and not just restricted to surfers.

Open to all the Gold Coast Community without any restrictions, regulations or exclusion to embrace, respect and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

This is for everyone who loves their Gold Coast natural coastal assets, whether they are a surfer, bodysurfer, body board rider, longboard rider, paddler, lifesaver, diver, fisherman, sailor, windsurfer, kite surfer, stand-up paddle board rider, wave ski rider, jet skier, kayaker, swimmer, beach user or general observer.

A world-class amenity for all visitors and locals – not a “reserve” for surfers alone.

It does not change any existing events, all pre-existing events remain the same for all beach, surf and ocean activities.

The local group processing the proposal, known as the GCWSR Inc, has acknowledged council’s surf management plan as the sole authority for protecting Gold Coast beach and surf amenity.

The GCWSR would likethe bid for Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve to be endorsed by council’s Ocean Beaches strategy.

The GCWSR has as part of the Chairman’s recommendations acknowledged both the Gold Coast Waterways Authority and Queensland State Surf Lifesaving requirements.

There are only seven world surfing reserves globally and the Gold Coast is aiming for the eighth.

They already have national surfing reserves from Burleigh Point to Snapper Rocks that were endorsed in 2012 by the then Gold Coast mayor the late Ron Clarke as one of his last official duties.

However time is running out for the nomination deadline in September when the World Vision Council vote on one WSR for 2016.

The Gold Coast is not alone, with at least four other countries tossing their hat in the ring, such as Mundaka, Spain; Uluwatu, Bali; Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa and Australian rival Noosa, which became an NSR in March.

Only one country per year is given the honour of a WSR.

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