News

Surf stars and more unite to oppose Kirra cruise terminal

A guest speaker at the Kirra rally will be world champion surfer Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew photographed at the 2009 Australia Day Paddle Out when he was awarded the order of Australia.
A guest speaker at the Kirra rally will be world champion surfer Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew photographed at the 2009 Australia Day Paddle Out when he was awarded the order of Australia. Swilly

THE Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance will be launched at North Kirra Bilinga on Friday to oppose the proposed Leda Holdings $2 billion Gold Coast Ocean Terminal at Kirra.

A line-up of guest speakers will be headed by world surfing champion Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew.

Spokesman for alliance and long-time Daily News surf columnist Andrew McKinnon said the organisation wasn't opposed to development in the right area with compatible environmental benefits.

"We would prefer to see Brisbane be the major destination for a cruise ship terminal that can still access the Gold Coast without an unnecessary impact to locals, their environment and the quintessential Gold Coast way of life," he said.

Starting at 9am (Qld) at Joe Doringer Park, North Kirra, engineer John Standing will also speak against the project, along with marine scientist Deborah Duncan, businessman and community leader Jim Wilson and local businesswoman Diane Spence

The alliance will join this Sunday's Save Our Spit Rally to support Northern opposition to the Broadwater Seaway CST proposal.

"We welcome debate and the real facts about the impact of a cruise ship terminal at North Kirra Bilinga," Mr McKinnon said.

"SOSBA maintains the Gold Coast's greatest assets lay within the magnificent beaches, world-class surf and pristine coastline that is a much valued public amenity.

"We are prepared to oppose the proposal of foreshore development such as North Kirra Bilinga and argue the case against the impracticality of the location and a development fraught with all types of environmental, visual and social risks.

"Let's improve the existing services, maintain business and enhance the attractions of the southern Gold Coast with its Tweed cauldron backdrop, without displacing its character.

"Don't destroy what you came to enjoy."

There was no response from Leda Holdings by the time of publication.



Keep ILS under control

Gold Coast Airport's proposed ILS (Instrument Landing System) must meet strict conditions, MP says.

MP Karen Andrews insists on conditions to lessen aircraft noise

6 Ways to get into the Christmas spirit in the Tweed

Kingscliff Chrismas Carols - Des Lund, Colin Lacey, Geoff Dart, Sheila Patterson, Joan Rice, Alan McCarthy, Sandy Brand

6 Christmas events on offer in the Tweed

Local Partners

Moores still in love after 70 happy years

Banora Point couple Margaret and Harold Moores welcomed well-wishers to their 70th anniversary party on November 30.


Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Cooly sings out for carols

Santa gets ready to skydive into the Coolangatta Christmas Carols on Sunday, December 13. Photo: Scott Powick Daily News

Santa dropping in for Christmas Carols at Coolangatta

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

Rogue One keeps Star Wars excitement alive

Felicity Jones in a scene from the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

GEORGE Lucas spin-off to hold fans over until Episode VIII.

MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Santa 2

Billy Bob Thornton and Brett Kelly in a scene from Bad Santa 2.

NAUGHTY Santa sequel falls flat.

Coldplay bathes Brisbane fans in sea of colour

Chris Martin, lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, performs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Coldplay are in Australia for a five-show tour. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Frontman Chris Martin drapes himself in Australian flag

Angel of Australia returns

ANGELIC VOICE: Mirusia will return to Twin Towns in January after touring Europe.

Star soprania dubbed the Angel of Australia returns to Tweed

Casey Barnes finds Tweed magic

Casey Barnes released the filmclip for latest single Just Like Magic this week. The clip was filmed entirely on the Tweed.

First look: Singer's daughter launches great idea

Sia, Keith Urban top Aussie Grammy nominations

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban at the 50th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards

Beyonce dominates with nine nods for 2017 Grammy Awards

Horse haven on big acreage in Murwillumbah

55 Glencoe Road, Murwillumbah

Check out this week's feature property.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!