From sad faces to happy faces - Tweed Residents and Kirra Surfers Kim and Quincy Symonds with Belinda Hokins and her two girls Mia and Evie at North Kirra Beach.
From sad faces to happy faces - Tweed Residents and Kirra Surfers Kim and Quincy Symonds with Belinda Hokins and her two girls Mia and Evie at North Kirra Beach. Blainey Woodham

Kirra paddle out more celebration than protest

THE Big Paddle Out at Kirra on Sunday will still go ahead as a celebration rather than a protest after Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced he would not be allowing a proposed shipping terminal to go ahead at the famous surf spot.

Mr Newman said the Southern Gold Coast's beaches were simply too important to jeopardise.

"While we always welcome new ideas about how to grow the state, we will simply never entertain the idea of a cruise ship terminal at Kirra Beach."

"Our beaches are just too important - not just as a natural wonder or as a place for families and surfers - but also for the central role they play in Gold Coast tourism."

Andrew McKinnon, event organiser, founder of Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance and long-term Daily News surfing columnist, was more than pleased with the premier's announcement.

"This is a huge victory for all those who campaigned so hard against such a devastating proposal for North Kirra. We will use this victory as a celebration to paddle out proudly on this Sunday," Mr McKinnon said.

The surfing public let their stance be known in no uncertain terms on social media where many thousand signatures were taken across several campaigns with local pro surfers Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning also voicing their opposition against the mega terminal proposal.



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