SAVE Kirra Hill campaigners at the Collangatta markets, from left, Sally Paxton, David Simpson and Jan Derbidge.
SAVE Kirra Hill campaigners at the Collangatta markets, from left, Sally Paxton, David Simpson and Jan Derbidge.

Save Kirra Hill group steps up campaign



A CAMPAIGN to stop the Coolangatta State School site at the top of Kirra Hill from being sold for private development has spread to the Coolangatta Sunday arts and crafts market.

A community group formed to lobby the Queensland Government against selling off the prime site, Save Kirra Hill Inc, yesterday operated its inaugural market stall in Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta.

The stall did a brisk trade in 'Save Kirra Hill' t-shirts, bumper stickers, raffle tickets and postcards, raising funds to pay for mail-outs, transport and other campaign expenses as a result of the State Government's decision to transfer the site to freehold title.

The site in recent years has housed the Coolangatta Special School, which will soon relocate.

The stall was tended by exstudents of the state school, including Sally Paxton of South Tweed, whose mother Joyce Shambrook also was a pupil at the school, and obstetrician David Simpson, who lives on Kirra Hill.

Save Kirra Hill spokeswoman Jan Derbidge of Palm Beach, who was involved in a successful community campaign to stop a planned Coom- era dam in 1990, said the market stall aimed to increase public awareness of the development threat to Kirra Hill, home to one of the last surviving public school buildings in coastal south-east Queensland.

Ms Derbidge said the Save Kirra Hill group agreed with Gold Coast City Councillor Sue Robbins, who died sud- denly two weeks ago, in supporting public access to the beautiful site through a proposed surfing museum overlooking the world-famous Kirra surf break.

Surfrider Foundation branch president Phil Arnott of Fingal also was at the market stall yesterday, declaring it was vital Kirra Hill be retained for community use.



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