Kirra safe from shipping terminal... for now
QUINCY Symonds is one happy little surfer after hearing that Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced there would be no shipping terminal at North Kirra.
The talented five-year-old has already got quite the reputation in the surf scene and, already with sponsors on her board, Quincy can rest easy knowing she will get the chance to surf the famous Kirra Point when she is big enough.
"Yep, it is great that the beach won't be destroyed and I will get to surf Kirra like Mick [Fanning]," Quincy said with a smile.
"I have seen Mick out there get one barrel and then he went straight into another one."
Quincy's mum Kim Symonds said she and the rest of the surfing community were relieved ahead of tomorrow's Big Paddle Out - an event initially designed as a protest, but now a celebration.
"Everyone is over the moon, but the Broadwater terminal is still a worry because we don't need it. There is a terminal is Brisbane, so send them there," Mrs Symonds said.
It is young surfers like Quincy that could have been denied the chance to ever surf Kirra Point the way it should be, had the proposal gone ahead.
Asked if she thought the Gold Coast and Tweed surfing families would rally together to try to stop the second proposed terminal site at Broadwater, Mrs Symonds said she had no doubt.
"I don't doubt the surfing community will continue to fight and focus on the Broadwater proposal."
Kristin Bower, founder of the online campaign #SAVEKIRRA, said while he was pleased with the premier's announcement, he remained extremely wary.
"I am pleased to hear the Kirra option is allegedly off the table. However, I am still opposed to the development of the Broadwater option," Mr Bower said.
"Plans submitted by Planit Consulting to the Department of Environment show they are committed to progress at a federal level to 'tick all the boxes'.
"I think this is just a publicity stunt by Mr Newman, and he has been proven to back flip on his decisions before.
"So I remain extremely cautious and take these comments with a truckload of salt," Mr Bower said.