The whole focus of today's community Australia Day rally is to raise the issue of the loss of Kirra Point at the highest levels of State Government, namely NSW & Queensland State Governments, who jointly manage the Tweed Sand By-Pass operation together with Gold Coast City Council and Tweed Shire Council to renegotiate the 25-year contract of pumping sand.

The community at large would like to see action on restoring Kirra Point, considered to be one of the greatest sand bottom point breaks in the world.

After 8 years of pumping and 10 million cubic meters of sand for Gold Coast beaches, only 1/8 moves north; the rest has lodged itself at Coolangatta and more so now at Kirra Beach.

The sand by-pass operation began in 2001, and while it created the superbank at Snapper Rocks, it wiped out Kirra and hasn't performed since the massive supply of sand to the southern end of the Gold Coast; the beach now resembles the Sahara Desert and has turned off beachgoers.

The outside reefs have been covered, and the point break is non-existent. 2002 was the last year that Kirra Point was able to host a pro-surfing event.

The campaign to restore Kirra to all its glory will continue, thanks to the efforts of the Surfrider Foundation and its subcommittee, which makes recommendations and offers solutions.

Some of the biggest names in surfing turned out for the biggest rally Kirra has seen since the days when it used to pump perfect waves.

2007 World Champion Mick Fanning, a life member of the Kirra Surfriders Club, spoke about his earlier formative years competing and free surfing at Kirra Point with his Coolangatta mates, Dean Morrison and Joel Parkinson.

Legendary surfing great Michael Peterson, better known as MP, is still considered the King of Kirra and reflected on his tube riding sessions in the 1970s era.

MP took tube riding to a whole new level, and he is still highly regarded as probably one of the best that Kirra has ever seen. MP came down to the water's edge to cheer on the paddlers.

Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew, who carved out his surfing career at Kirra in the early 1970s with MP and PT (Peter Townend), was awarded the Order of Australia for surfing, administration, and environmental and fundraising events.

Rabbit is the only second surfer to be awarded the Order of Australia, the first being Mark Richards of Newcastle.

Rabbit spoke passionately about his love of Kirra and how we can all work together to get Kirra Point back.

Today's Australia Day rally was organized by the Kirra Surfriders Club in conjunction with the Kirra Surf Club and with the backing of the Surfrider Foundation.

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