Leave Kirra Hill open space



A LEADER of the victorious Save Kirra Hill campaign wants the hilltop site cleared of undergrowth and preserved as public open space, rather than home to a museum for surfing or rock'n'roll memorabilia.

Sally Paxton yesterday said the north side of the hill should be replanted with low-growing native trees to open up the spectacular views along the Gold Coast and to create public parkland.

She said barbecues, shade shelters and picnic tables should be installed and the site's original primary school building, where Mrs Paxton and her mum Joyce went to school, retained as a community meeting venue.

Mrs Paxton said the old school building would be ideal for a surfing museum - but road access and parking was restricted, unless costly infrastructure was built. She said limited access would make it difficult to accommodate a major public facility such as a museum.

Mrs Paxton acknowledged there were competing interests wanting to use the school building. She said a community consultation process through Gold Coast City Council to help decide the site's future, after Premier Peter Beattie announced it would not be sold for pri- vate development, was still under way.



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