Beach car parks to be shut to stop non-essential beach trips

Council will close all beach side car parks in the city in a further bid to stop people flocking to Gold Coast beaches during the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes after the Mayor announced the closure of beaches at the Spit, Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta from midnight Tuesday, after thousands of people hit the sand on the weekend.

All car parks from Main Beach to Coolangatta will be closed, starting from today.


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Work is already underway to completely shut the car park at The Spit with barriers installed by Council.

“We’ll shut as many as we can by Easter so the message is – there is no point coming to the beach, you won’t have anywhere to park,” Mayor Tom Tate said.

“It will be all beach side car parks, so locals can park where they normally park at their homes and the like, but as far as people jumping in their car and coming to the beach, it is not essential.”

On-street parking in beach side suburbs will not be affected.

Council has opted not to put barriers up at the three beaches that will close tonight, but Mayor Tate says he will look at it if people don’t do the right thing.

“If it doesn’t work, we’ll step up and put up heavy fencing but I believe Gold Coasters will do the right thing and keep the social distancing and Police have the power to move people on.”

The closure of beaches at the Spit, Surfers and Coolangatta has raised concerns that people will flock to other popular beaches including Burleigh.

But the Mayor has warned if people do, he’ll close those beaches too.

“The health issue is the number one priority and really for people who won’t quite understand that, I’ve got to enforce further measures.”

“The message is, please don’t come to the beach, the only thing we want you to do is stay away.

“If you’re a local and you need to exercise on the beach, do it and go home.”

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Kim Easterbrook
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Kim Easterbrook

Why are the local “do the righf thing” goldcoasters who walk on the beach being punished because “selfish out of towners” break the law and put everyones life at risk. NO ONE IS ABOVE THIS LAW. NO ONE , no matter who you are rich or poor , need a break with tbe kids being home so lets all break the law designed to keep all Australians as safe as possible…….thats not us, lets go to the beach. You could die, your kids could die, you could infect others and they could die. It not about you, its about all… Read more »

Karen Dunne
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Karen Dunne

Well Kim why are you going to the beach full stop – every time you walk to the beach your also putting lives at risk!!!!

By you walking to the beach your also committing potential mass murder!!!!!!!

We should also close parks, footpaths, recreation reserves, gardens, water ways.

Exercise should not prioritize other people’s health full stop!!!!!

STAY HOME – it’s SIMPLE

Jo*
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Jo*

absolutely Karen, vitamin D deficiency, depression, anxiety, obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol, bone and muscle dysmorphia, trips and falls in old adults don’t kill more people per year.. Why not remove any sense of freedom by closing all free outdoor space.
Keep Maccas drive-thru open though and First Choice Liquor open though- essential….

Rr
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Rr

frightened of the future – just go surfing!

Brian
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Brian

Don’t be ridiculous . Walking around in the fresh air represents little, if any, risk to others. You’re more like to face a risk on public transport or in a supermarket queue. This over the top reaction to close beaches and park facilities reflects the lack of sensible decision making by local government and state government staff.

Nikita
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Nikita

How does this work for residents who genuinely have to park here????

James
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James

And who on earth has any essential reason for having to park at the beach? Nobody, stay home idiot!

Jo*
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Jo*

a lot of people who live by the beach live in apartments or units that only have 1 designated car space. Therefore, many people have to park their car on the street/allocated parks at the beach.

Jake Morgan
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Jake Morgan

A lot of people walk on the beach like my self for exercise by closing the beach is making a bigger risk to people More people have died to obesity problems and high blood pressure.

Rick
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Rick

I didn’t think in 2020 it was ok to call someone an idiot? I believe exercise has been deemed as essential? If as I suspect you are not stuck in a unit with kids. You should probably keep your opinion to yourself…

KACEE
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KACEE

DO NOT go to the beach. Hop on the bus or the tram or the train and go to work. You can go to McDonalds on the way home if you like and get a takeaway meal but stay away from the beach. Its not safe

Dave
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Dave

Exactly. Where’s the consistency in these government and council messages?!?

Rr
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Rr

?? you can’t surf at Maccas – though you can probably get a 1/4pound immune booster from there

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guest

This is so sad…
I normally go to the beach in the morning to walk or dip leave the beach before 8:30am.
You don’t see anyone breaking the new rule in that early time.
We early riser following the rule are now lost our morning ritual.

The beaches should be remain open only for morning exercise purpose.
And of cause, It’s for only people live in Gold Coast.

Don Mcgrath
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Don Mcgrath

I agree! We walk early and on thr brach itself hardly anyone not obeying social distance but on footpath u run the risk of skate boards and bikes passing within an arms length. Never in years seen a Council Officer policing skateboards let alone current viris laws. Policing may help keep beaches open for us oldies who need the exercise and obey the laws!

Julie
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Julie

Exactly! There’s nothing better for your immune system then getting out /getting fresh air & exercise. If you are walking on the beach- which I do every morning; & have no problem keeping personal distancing & am not putting any at risk; however on the other hand the paths are congested with walkers & hard to keep personal space with bikes/ skateboards, prams/ joggers & walkers. I’m all for obeying social distancing rules & feel everyone should definitely be doing this; but I can go to Bunnings (where not many items there are essential); or Kmart or target (again not… Read more »

T Anthony
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T Anthony

Anyone with a Gold Coast postcode should be able to access the beaches and carparks. Not to sunbake or have BBQ’s but just to be able to go for a walk, have a quick swim or a quick surf, and to make sure that you keep your social distance. The fresh air and the sun on your face have huge health benefits, not to mention your mental well being. The Coronavirus situation will be with us for many months, and realistically, until the world finds a vaccine, the way we live today will become normality. I understand what the council… Read more »

Rr
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Rr

Yes agree with you – I’m still waiting for someone to do something, …, anything sensible…seems the virus has also managed to loosen a lot of peoples’ already tentative grasp on reality. PS: by the time they get anywhere near a vaccine, most will have been exposed, and an effective treatment is what is needed, rather than wait at home for 2 years for some “magic” bullet. They still don’t have a SARS(2002) or even AIDS(1990 or abouts) vaccine..so good luck with the fairytale abut a vaccine strategy..

Marty
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Marty

My question is why did people vote for him…again????
He is so out of touch with the average Gold Coaster – especially those that enjoy the beaches and waterways. When was the last time you saw a genuine photo of Tom Tate enjoying the beach, or our waterways?

Brian
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Brian

Tom is going to bring hundreds of cruise ships here if he gets his way. Now that’s a fantastic idea is it not???

Greg Quinn
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Greg Quinn

Marty until this virus scare they have been trying to attract people to the beaches – why, then, would they publish a photo of Tom Tate on a beach ?

Kimberlee
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Kimberlee

Im 48, live 10 mins drive to main beach. I live in a small unit so Ive been taking my 2 teens to the beach once a day to have a swim and a 1/2 hr walk. We have taken distancing very very seriously and keep to ourselves only! We do not do these outings on the weekend but during the week, everyone that I have seen so far at the beach are complying and respecting the rules and distance. To be honest, this daily outing has been a mental lifesaver. In fact, if I walk around my apartment complex… Read more »