- 20 January 2014 | Surfing
More than 2500 people opposed to public land grab on Gold Coast beaches, in a peaceful Sunday protest, at North Kirra Beach.
The authorities have understood what was at stake, but the dossier is not closed. Campbell Newman, Premier of Queensland, rejected a $2 billion ocean terminal from happening at North Kirra.
Gold Coast Ocean Terminal (GCOT) group responded by saying they would resubmit new plans at the North Kirra site without the ocean terminal for cruise ships, but replace it with a multi-billion dollar integrated tourism resort and casino on the same site.
When asked about the latest proposal, the local community who attended the North Kirra Beach Rally were unanimously against GCOT's new plan.
"Our new mission is to protect the 38-kilometer Gold Coast coastal strip from South Stradbroke to Coolangatta, by having it declared as a World Surfing Reserve", announced Andrew McKinnon, spokesperson for Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance.
The surfing community wants to protect the beach and surfing amenity from commercial development on public beachfront land, just like the Peruvians did.
World Champions Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson attended the North Kirra rally and backed the organizers call for a World Surfing Reserve on the Gold Coast coastal strip.
"We need to protect our Coastline from these type of developments and not find in 10 -15 years that we are fighting all over again", added 2012 world surfing champion Joel Parkinson.