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Noosa’s First Point. Pic: Bennett/ World Surf League

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The Snapper Rocks Superbank. Pic: Luke Sorensen

Protecting Noosa and Gold Coast surf breaks

20 November 20

From Andy Mac: In February 2020 at the 6th biennial Global Wave Conference held at Gold Coast Campus Southern Cross University, the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the offer of legislation to protect surfing amenity of Noosa and Gold Coast World Surfing Reserves.

Despite Covid19, two consultancy meetings of stakeholders were called to produce a submission document and survey form to be completed by 30th November for feedback on potential legislation.

Chairman of Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Andrew McKinnon said, “This is about protecting surfing amenity from any detrimental development that could destroy a surf break. Beach amenity is largely Council's responsibility. This proposed legislation should not be an obstruction to Councils' jurisdiction on beach management. 

“This proposal is aimed solely at protecting surfing amenity and the future threat on a surf break. The legislation would ensure that the Noosa and Gold Coast WSR surf breaks will be no longer ceremonial and would be safeguarded forever and for everyone to enjoy. If successfully legislated, Queensland’s model could be replicated around the surfing world as a blueprint globally.” 

Please submit your views on protecting Queensland’s World Surfing Reserves Noosa and Gold Coast to be provided to Sport and Recreation, Department of Housing and Public Works by 5pm, Monday 30 November 2020.

Feedback can be provided:

Online:  Complete the survey or upload a submission here

By email:  

By post: PO Box 15478, City East QLD 4002.

 - report from Andrew McKinnon


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