WE will soon be invited to have a say on the Gold Coast’s Surf Management Plan, with things like lockers for valuables and surf rage fines to be considered.
The Gold Coast Surf Council announced this week its rebranding strategy in the lead up to the first government-backed Surf Management Plan to define surf amenity and the future of the Gold Coast surfing experience for decades to come.
‘Your Surf -Your Say’ will encompass the philosophy of wanting surfers to engage with Government to ensure the future integrity of surfing assets/amenity for the Gold Coast, the AGM of GCSC announced.
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It is anticipated the SMP, which is due out next year, will become the blueprint for other surf cities around the world to follow.
The Surf Council was established at Kirra in late 2012. It successfully lobbied the City of Gold Coast to develop a SMP to recognise the importance of the Gold Coast’s surfing amenity and to develop a strategic plan of management in cooperation with surfers.
The Terms of Reference and Draft Framework have just been released and are available publicly. A large crop of surfing interest groups will form an Advisory Committee which is to be chaired by GCCC CEO Dale Dickson. The five key surfing bodies represented are ASP, Surfing Queensland, Surfrider Foundation, National Surfing Reserves and the Surf Council.
Re-elected Chair and co-chair of the Surf Council, Dan Ware and Brad Farmer said they would work closely with City’s SMP Committee which would begin sittings in September this year to strongly advocate for the interests of all recreational surfers.
The AGM of the GC Surf Council also announced Andrew McCarthy, Secretary of the Currumbin Alley Boardriders, would represent the Gold Coast Surf Council on the SMP Advisory Committee. Chris Butler would represent the Surfrider Foundation while Brad Farmer would speak for National Surfing Reserves. All are seasoned surfing locals with experience in surfer advocacy.
“This (SMP) is a significant opportunity for the Mayor and Councillors to finally address some of the burning issues the Gold Coast faces for generations to come,” Mr Farmer concluded.