Supporters gather at Kirra Beach.
Supporters gather at Kirra Beach. Tweed Daily News

Kirra's Surfstock boost

THE campaign to Bring Back Kirra continues to gather momentum, with the inaugural Kirra Surfstock festival launched yesterday.

The festival, held in November, is expected to attract tens of thousands of beach-goers and inject substantial revenue into the local economy.

In addition, a public meeting will be held on July 30 to get community input into the development of strategies to remove excess sand from the Tweed River sand bypass, which has wrecked surf quality and the beach amenity at Kirra.

The Queensland government has agreed to consider questions submitted by coastal environment consultant Neil Lazarow and Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey about the controversial $70 million sand-pumping contract with McConnell Dowell, following a failed freedom of information bid to obtain the contract.

he questions relate to environmental care, surf quality, amounts of sand pumped, possible penalties for over-supplying sand, and flexibility in the contract terms.

On Monday a bulldozer began clearing 10,000 cubic metres of sand near Coolangatta Creek, likely to be delivered to eroded parts of Palm Beach, to be followed by another 10,000 cubic metres next to Kirra Point.

The public meeting, to be held at Twin Towns Services Club next Thursday evening, will discuss options for removing and reshaping a total of 200,000 cubic metres of Kirra sand, for which the Queensland government has allocated a budget of $1.5 million.

It is understood talks are ongoing between Queensland and New South Wales government officials about the sand-pumping contract.

The Kirra Surfstock festival, from November 6-8, convened by Gold Coast Mail surf columnist Andrew McKinnon, could become an annual event, with the potential to attract large crowds similar to Wintersun.

“The message is to create awareness of the beach and surf amenity, raise money for charities such as the Surfrider Foundation, Kirra Surf Life Saving Club, Kirra Point Inc and Kirra Surfriders, celebrate the surfing culture and put some fun back to the southern Gold Coast,” Mr McKinnon said.

The non-profit festival will be part-sponsored by the Connecting Southern Gold Coast government agency. Entry will be by gold coin donation.

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