STUART Ball and Phil Arnott, front, met with local surfing legends at Duranbah yesterday
STUART Ball and Phil Arnott, front, met with local surfing legends at Duranbah yesterday

Surfrider eyes school site

By ED SOUTHORN

THE Surfrider Foundation has added its voice to community calls for the Coolangatta Special School site to be preserved from redevelopment. The foundation's national general manager, Stuart Ball, and Tweed/Gold Coast branch president Phil Arnott yesterday suggested the Surfrider Foundation national office at Currumbin could be relocated to the special school site on Kirra Hill. The prime site, currently under review for possible sale by the Queensland Government, has been embraced by surfing groups as suitable for a surfing administrative centre and surfing museum. The pro-environment Surfrider Foundation, part of a worldwide organisation, agrees with Association of Surfing Professionals boss 'Rabbit' Bartholomew that the special school site would be ideal for a surfing museum. "It's a great community asset," Mr Ball said. The future of the Coolangatta Special School site is among four issues to be considered over coming months by the Surfrider Foundation. The group is undergoing a local branch restructure designed to increase Tweed and Gold Coast surfers' involvement in beach issues. Sand placement at Duranbah, the Tweed Coast management plan and Tweed Heads CBD masterplan are also going under the Surfrider spotlight. The group's Tweed/Gold Coast branch is seeking 17 beach representatives from South Stradbroke Island to Wooyung to advise the branch committee on local concerns. The local branch also is about to embark on a membership recruitment drive. The Surfrider Foundation currently has about 400 members in the Tweed and Gold Coast districts. Mr Arnott said: "We believe in the power of the people."



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