Action steps up to Save our Spit



SURFRIDER Foundation Australia has hit out at the Queensland Government over its plan for a cruise-liner terminal and possible naval base at The Spit in Southport.

The foundation claims the government was prepared to "bulldoze both public opposition and open space on the Gold Coast's treasured Spit".

"Not only does this proposal destroy increasingly rare coastal open space, but it is based on flawed predictions for usage and poor economic modeling, and simply does not stack up," foundation board chairman Geoff Withycombe said.

"The Harbour Vision 2020 clearly stated that The Spit should not be further developed - not only is the community being rolled by government on this issue, but so are, apparently, Gold Coast City Council.

"After all the funding and time invested in Harbour Vision 2020, it does appear that council is silent on this significant issue," he said.

The foundation, Mr Withycombe said, was also concerned that fundamental issues were simply not being adequately considered.

"Critical issues such as the division of public lands and modification to coastal processes like tidal and sediment movement are not being given the attention they need," he said.

Mr Withycombe said that a detailed reading of the terms of reference documents released by the government last week showed that the termi- nal was intended to accommodate naval vessels.

"The Broadwater has already been battered by human activity ? this development may well tip the balance and decimate fisheries and community recreational activity, especially surfing."

The foundation has urged the community to get involved with the Save our Spit campaign (www.saveourspit.com) and to consider the terms of reference and provide comment to the government.

The terms of reference can be viewedat www.thepremier.

qld.gov.au/infrastructure while the deadline for public submissions for the document is November 28.



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