Eliminating Surf Rage & Uncrowding Breaks Are Part Of The Plan

16 Feb 2016 9

Christmas crowds at Snapper Rocks, Photo by Craig Halstead

Christmas crowds at Snapper Rocks, Photo by Craig Halstead

The Gold Coast City Council has revealed the Surf Management Plan in alignment with the recognition of Burleigh to Snapper’s World Surf Reserve listing in 2015.

The 50-page document highlights issues to be addressed about surf breaks, the ocean and beaches. Overcrowding is at the top of the list as well as beach maintenance, dune management and beach erosion.

A Stewardship Committee has been initialized as part of the plan, made up of surfers and beach users in the area who will work together with the Gold Coast City Council to ensure their proposals are considered and followed through. The committee is made up of 30 representatives from surfing stakeholders World Surf League, Surfing QLD, Surfrider Foundation, Gold Coast Surf Council, TRESP, SLSQ, Currumbin SUP, Gold Coast Bodyboard Club, RSL Fishing Club, Griffith University, Waterways and State and local Government representatives.

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World Surfing Reserve Chairman, Andrew McKinnon has said, “It’s a substantial shift from what has happened in the past. We’re so happy to be able to provide feedback from the local surf community, directly to council and start the ball rolling for change.”

On the growing issue of overcrowding and surf rage in Gold Coast surf breaks, McKinnon has said “Surf rage is a matter that needs to be dealt with through positive education. There is no hard and fast way to deal with the overcrowding. We just want people to deal with it in the best way possible. The best thing about surfing is that it’s free, and we don’t want to have that taken away. It’s about celebrating what we’ve got and our amazing culture.”

There are some options that have been addressed in the Surf Management Plan to trial including “Artificial reefs, artificial headlands, sand spits like that at South Stradbroke, that creates incredible a-frames.” Said McKinnon

“If anyone has anything the want to put on the table, we’re encouraging them to contribute,” He said further. “This is something for everybody and something for the future.”

The Three main objectives of the plan are;

1. That resident and visiting surf users who share Gold Coast beaches, clearly understand local surf etiquette and surf safety customs. Developing and implementing an engagement campaign relating to etiquette, safety and education

2. That management of surf amenity on Gold Coast beaches is recognised as best practice and is informed by data collection, design and innovation. Engaging with innovative design and research into surf amenity enhancement such as artificial surf breaks and wave pools.

3. There is joint stewardship in the management of Gold Coast surf amenity to ensure transparency of major coastal development projects and a coordinated approach from all levels of the community.

Read more about the plan here.

On Tuesday 8, March at 8.30am you can join the Queensland Premier and Gold Coast City Mayor, Rabbit Bartholomew and Parko as well as the surfing community for the World Surfing Reserve dedication ceremony at Point Danger, overlooking Snapper Rocks.

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