Qld Labor behind bid for World Surfing Reserve status

QUEENSLAND Labor is looking to win Gold Coast voters, promising to support the city’s nomination for World Surfing Reserve status.

During a trip to the ASP World Surfing event at Snapper Rocks yesterday, Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Gold Coast deserved its reputation as an international home for surfing.

Ms Palaszczuk said a WSR would help the southern beaches between Burleigh and Kirra achieve a balance as both an international surfing and environmental community.
 
“World Surfing Reserves are designed to create a network of dedicated beaches which are recognised as the ideal surfing locations while at the same time giving them an additional layer of environmental protection,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
 
“It’s no secret that the area – including the surf breaks at Burleigh Heads, Snapper, Kirra and Currumbin Alley – are recognised as having some of the best surf on offer in the world.”


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“Many world surfing champions grew up surfing the Gold Coast – including Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore – and today I’m pleased to be here with (surfing legend) Wayne Bartholomew to support the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserves group in their bid to protect this area.”
 
Ms Palaszczuk said support for the WSR nomination for the southern Gold Coast area would also provide a boost for tourism.

It would also prohibit major development, including a cruise ship terminal, from being built on declared land.