SUPPORT: World champion Mick Fanning has endorsed the World Surfing Reserve plan for the Gold Coast.
SUPPORT: World champion Mick Fanning has endorsed the World Surfing Reserve plan for the Gold Coast. Kelly Cestari

Kirra’s paddle-out on

TOMORROW'S massive beach rally at North Kirra will go ahead despite the Premier's announcement this week that the North Kirra Ocean Terminal proposal was dead and buried.

Organisers have urged the huge contingent of Sunshine Coast surfers planning to attend the paddle-out to still make the effort.

The protest had been expected to attract thousands of participants before the Premier's announcement.

The Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance had used the precedent set when Premier Campbell Newman ruled out Clive Palmer's dune-top development plans for Yaroomba.

The alliance argued the Premier should take the same stand on the Gold Coast where the proposed ocean terminal would have threatened the world-famous Kirra surfing break.

It will now push for the declaration of a World Surfing Reserve to protect the coastal strip from South Stradbroke Island to Coolangatta.

"Most of the beaches are declared National Surf Reserves but we need government to get on side with the World Surfing Reserve plan that has been endorsed by 11-times world champion Kelly Slater and Coolangatta-based world champions Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson,'' spokesman Andrew McKinnon said.

"We congratulate the Premier for supporting our call to reject the Gold Coast Ocean Terminal proposed for North Kirra and commend him for his stance of protecting public coastal land at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast and now North Kirra.

"However, we ask the Queensland Government to make the right decision on the Broadwater Marine Park that occupies public land."

The program of events will be officially opened by the Bundjalung Nation, which will perform a Welcome to Country traditional dance at 10am.



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