Two out of three Gold Coast beaches reopened

Two Gold Coast beaches have been reopened, following two weeks of good behaviour by locals.

The caution tape has been removed from Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta as of noon today, with locals once again able to access the popular areas.

They were initially closed off in the lead up to the Easter weekend, to stop crowds flocking to the sand.


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The Spit will remain closed for the time being, along with all the council beachfront carparks along the beaches.

“The main reason for the carparks to remain closed at the moment is that I still want to discourage out-of-towners to stay away from our beaches.

“Our beaches is for the exercise of locals – that’s where our loyalty lies, for Gold Coasters to use Gold Coast beaches,” Mayor Tom Tate says.

Council is expected to review the remaining closures in another week.

“I think that we’ll take this week to see if the social distancing is quite good, then we’ll look at revisiting the decision this time next week.

“And if I can reopen The Spit, again, I’d love to do that, this would give us encouragement,” he said.

Though as a whole, the Mayor says he’s been really pleased with locals’ behaviour on the beach.

“Over the weekend, it’s been wonderful news, as I took a lot at our beaches, Gold Coasters are out there doing the right thing and practising social distancing.

“And what I say to that is ‘well done Gold Coasters’, and lifeguards been telling me that’s been happening all week,” Mayor Tate said.

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The virus originated from overseas ? yes. Australian’s were exposed from returning citizens and tourist from overseas ? yes. It did not originate from Australian nature it does not live in the tree’s it’s not a virus that lives and grows in the dirt and a gush of wind circulates it around so if everyone is at home and we all are every night whoever is sick right now at this very second would call 000 and go to the hospital ? yes. But that isn’t happening because no one is sick anymore and no one can get sick because… Read more »

Jc
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I am grateful for the many informed comments made by Virologist and those in the field of molecular biology and vaccine research 😷 😫

BIG Dog
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BIG Dog

No one can get sick anymore????? Lol, it is stupid people like yourself that give Australians a bad name for being uneducated in general life. Wow 😯

Neville
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Neville

Ummm. Is our esteemed ‘Lord’ Mayor aware that not all Gold Coasters live within walking distance of the beach??? So he is also stopping lots of people other than “out-of-towners”…from accessing our greatest asset and source of health!! Open all of the car parks.

Karl Fueloep
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Karl Fueloep

I agree. Have used the spit for 5 years to walk along the path from around tower 41, north to past tower 42., then back along the beach.
Have never seen crowds of “abusers” in either direction and this includes the weeks post closure. So why close a section of the spit that was NEVER abused ?

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Hmm, Our lord mayor obviously didn’t visit all the beaches. He has funnelled all the people to Miami, it was busier than Australia Day on the beachfront yesterday arvo, parties of people sitting on the grass, lying on the beach. Either open all the beaches and carparks or close them all, including beachfront street parking, not just the ones that are easy to see and make him look good. I mean the rainbow stairs are still open and it is physically impossible to be 1.5m away from someone coming the other direction. And through all this hardly a police officer… Read more »

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Kirikat

I do understand what the mayor is saying but it’s ok for him and gold coasters to enjoy the beaches they live there what about us who love swimming and surfing we practise social distancing it takes quite a few idiots who are arrogant to spoil it for the rest of us now we can’t enjoy the beaches like you all do just give them a hefty fine I’m sure they will listen if not ban the beaches like Jacinta stern in nz she’s a awesome example to follow good on u nz

Bri Evelyn
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Bri Evelyn

Please elaborate ‘ exercise’ at the beach, : is swimming and bike riding Included, or walking and running only ? !

Wayne
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Wayne

Interesting I live on the sunshine coast so what is so special about the gold coast compared to other places? If you ask me things will start to boil . Yes I love the gold coast but to say no out of towners it will cause out rage.

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Skye

Miami Beach path on Sunday was crowded with young blokes drinking and not practicing social distancing, they were actually making a complete joke about it. There was about 30 in one group. Where were the police?? You’d think they should be driving by the main strip to check on this but no nowhere to be seen.

Linde hart
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Linde hart

So did you report the situation to the Police? I hope you reported it, instead of winching about it. Police cannot be around in every corner of the city. Be a good citizen and report any situation that breaks the law.

Chris
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Why is the spit still closed it makes no sense whatsoever.

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I am grateful for the many informed comments made by Virologist and those in the field of molecular biology and vaccine research 😷 😫