Gold Coast cruise ship terminal battle not over

Gold Coast surfing greats will continue to fight the development of cruise ship terminals at our waterways.

There was a small victory this week when the LNP confirmed a proposal for the New South Wales border region would not get approval.

Now the fight has stepped up to stop the Broadwater plan from getting the green light.


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Champion surfer Joel Parkinson said disrupting the local breaks will be a major blow to future talent.

“I learnt to chew right here at Kirra Beach, this is what gave me the life I have today,” said Parkinson.

“The thought of putting a cruise ship terminal at the place that gave me my career cuts deeps.”

Environmental advocate Brad Farmer was at Kirra on Friday morning and said he only sees one answer.

“It’s a surfer’s version of a World Heritage site and that’s the solution we can have until legalisation is enacted into the Australian parliament to ensure the entire Australian coast is not for sale,” said Mr Farmer.

World surfing champion Mick Fanning has welcomed the LNP’s back-flip and said it is a result of people power.

“It’s great that Campbell Newman came out and said it’s no longer an issue and that’s something great for us and its great the community came out and spoke up about it and made a decision come early,” said Fanning.

The battle continues for the Broadwater, with Fanning planning to join a paddle-out protest with locals on Sunday.