LOCAL surfers are up in arms over plans to re-classify Currumbin Alley and Tallebudgera Creek as navigation channels.
The City of Gold Coast is reportedly behind the move and has sent a letter to the LNP asking for permission to dredge to create a designated boating channel.
Founder of Gold Coast Surf Council Brad Farmer said no action should be taken until a holistic approach is agreed to.
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He said the City of Gold Coast should come up with a surf management plan.
“Gold Coast city, as the foremost surf city in the world, is yet to formulate a surf management plan, it’s been a year in discussion and nothing’s been done”, Mr Farmer said.
He added “things like cruise ship terminals and Currumbin Alley (pictured courtesy of southerngoldcoast.com.au) are all part of that, so it has to be a big picture approach”.
Mr Farmer said the plan must address a variety of things including our problems with erosion, the ability of vessels to navigate channels and the fact that an additional 2,000 people are entering the surf zone every year.
He said we are also moving into a conflict between user groups, between State and Local Government and has called for a summit to be held to work out what kind of city we want into the future “otherwise it’d turn into a Miami, Florida, Las Vegas”.
The other risk, Mr Farmer highlighted was that people “would have to pay to to go to the beach and there’s rules and regulations and no one wants that”.
“Australian beaches are free and open to all people and I’m putting it back to the Mayor of the Gold Coast to put his money where his mouth is and to enact a surf management plan” Mr Farmer said.