Cr Robbins hoping for open space at Kirra
By YVONNE McLEAN
PRELIMINARY planning for the promised public consulta- tion on the future of the Cool- angatta Special School site on Kirra Hill has begun at the Gold Coast City Council. Area councillor Christine Robbins said the consultation would cost an estimated $60,000 and council was hoping the State Government would chip in on a 50-50 cost sharing basis. "The $60,000 may sound a lot at first hearing, but the public consultation will seek to in- volve all local residents as well as business owners and those with a stake in the dis- trict. What happens at the school site has to be right and the local community will play a key role in that final deci- sion. We want as many people as possible to have their say," she said.
Queried about her personal opinion on the future of the site Cr Robbins replied with four little words: open mind, open space. "I must keep an open mind on this issue, but personally I have no hesitation in hoping that the consultation process will reveal support for main- taining the school site as sim- ply open space. "This is one of the most breathtaking headlands any- where, a superb viewing corri- dor, why fill it up with a building? There is so much beauty to be enjoyed from Kir- ra Hill, more space for people to leisurely enjoy the seascape. Cr Robbins said the Gold Coast's seascape jewels would shine even brighter if the school site became one land- scaped open space - no build- ing impediments to detract from a perfect view. She said early indications
were that public opinion could consider an open space solu- tion to the site, but there was a long way to go to a final de- cision. Early on, when a move by the Special School from Kirra Hill became known, the former division councillor the late Sue Robbins spoke out in favour of a building that would honour the surfing fame of Kirra and the southern Gold Coast. But those familiar with the dedicated work of the former councillor is enhancing and opening up seascape vistas at Point Danger, Greenmount, Kirra and Currumbin and her pride in what she and council had achieved, would see no conflict in an open space alter- native for Kirra Hill. But as Cr Chris Robbins acknowledges, a lot of waves will roll in and a lot of opin- ions will be expressed before there is a resolution.