A magpie watches over the Surf Life Saving Championships at Kirra Beach.
A magpie watches over the Surf Life Saving Championships at Kirra Beach. Harvie Allison- harv.pix

Cruise terminal could destroy iconic Kirra break

KIRRA'S world-class surf could be in dire straits, with billionaire Bob Ell pushing ahead with plans for a $2 billion cruise ship terminal, resort and casino.

The current proposal would see the terminal take over the Kirra surf break.

For many surfers, this would mean the destruction of an international surfing hotspot.

Pro surfer and Kirra local Mick Fanning got behind the locals' backlash via Twitter last week.

Mr Fanning posted a scathing criticism of the proposal, claiming the terminal would ruin the southern Gold Coast's pristine beaches.

"It's ruining our beaches by stopping natural sand flor to the northern Gold Coast that is already eroding," Mr Slater said.

"It's ruining the world class waves we have that also generate millions of dollars in revenue for local businesses."

Kirra resident Ceric Ash told the Courier Mail there would be protests against the proposal.

"It's a disgusting development and it's not going to ­happen," Ms Ash said.

"This is our beach, not some developer's to turn into megabucks for himself.

"It's a disgusting public land grab."



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