Aussie surf legend named Labor’s candidate for Burleigh

“I challenge anyone to love the Gold Coast as much as I do” declares Labor’s new candidate for Burleigh, Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew.

Just two months out from the October state election, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the Australian surfing legend will run for the Burleigh seat, against LNP’s Michael Hart.

She says “Rabbit” will contribute greatly to her team on behalf of Burleigh.


“I’ve known Rabbit for many years, having first worked with him to secure the designation of the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

“Rabbit has shown himself over many years to be a passionate and effective advocate for his community. You only have to meet him once to see how much he loves the Gold Coast community.

“I know Rabbit and I know we’ll work well together in Government to make the southern Gold Coast an even better place to live,” said the Premier.

An accomplished ‘community champion’, Bartholomew won the World Surfing Championship in 1978, 1999 and 2003.

He also served as President of the Association of Surfing Professionals from 1999 to 2009 and Chief Executive Officer from 1999–2003.

Mr Bartholomew was personally asked by the Premier to stand as Labor’s candidate for Burleigh.

He says it’s an honour to join her team.

“Like many Queenslanders, I have been so impressed by the Premier’s leadership during this COVID-19 global pandemic.

“She has kept Queenslanders safe which has meant the Gold Coast can start getting on the move again.

“When I worked with the Premier to secure the World Surfing Reserve I could tell how much she cared about the Gold Coast. I also know that she gets things done which is another reason I was so attracted to this opportunity.

“I plan to use my experience and understanding of this community to protect our lifestyle here and get results.

“That means better public transport, more secure local jobs, fighting against inappropriate development and continuing to protect our ocean.

“Our campaign for Burleigh will be grassroots and I’m looking forward to talking with as many residents as possible during the next 12 weeks,” said Mr Bartholomew.