- 06 January 2014 | Surfing
Australian surfers will paddle out in protest against the two billion dollar proposed Ocean Terminal/Casino development, at North Kirra/Bilinga, on the 19th January, 2014.
Surfing and non-surfing community are convinced that if the latest proposal for North Kirra/Bilinga goes ahead, its size and impact will wipeout Kirra forever.
Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance, one of the leading NGOs behind the protest, is aiming at one of the biggest demonstrations yet seen on the Gold Coast, since the 2009 Australia Day Paddle Out, at Kirra Point. Back then, 1500 surfers paddled out and 5,000 kept on the beach.
"Everyone who is concerned about the cruise ship terminal please show up and have your voice heard. This is a community stand so if you surf or just enjoy the beach as it is, let's make a statement!", says world surfing champion Mick Fanning.
"This will affect the whole Gold Coast not only just the local area. One question is how will the sand flow get around this monstrosity to replenish the beaches north?", he adds.
A rough estimate of the Ocean Terminal, Casino and Hi Rise development for North Kirra/Bilinga would necessitate about 30,000 million cubic meters of rock and concrete.
It stretches one kilometer out to sea and one kilometer from North Kirra Surf Club, north to Bilinga. Local residents would have their ocean views destroyed and property prices plummet.
The investment will stop natural sand flow to the northern Gold Coast that is already eroding. Pollution from the ships will be ridiculous and the world-class wave that generates millions of dollars in revenue for local businesses will be ruined.
The paddle out will start at 10am. Paddlers will then perform a ring in the water with non-paddlers joining on the beach.