North Narrabeen declared Sydney’s Third National Surfing Reserve

19 Oct 2009 0 Share

Brad Farmer, Bronwyn Bishop, Jodi McKay and Andy short.

Brad Farmer, Bronwyn Bishop, Jodi McKay and Andy short.

Minister for Tourism Jodi McKay.

Minister for Tourism Jodi McKay.

Professor Andy Short himself a long time North Narrabeen local.

Professor Andy Short himself a long time North Narrabeen local.

Mark Warren.

Mark Warren.

Professor Andy Short, his son Ben and Brad Farmer.

Professor Andy Short, his son Ben and Brad Farmer.

Minister for Lands, Tony Kelly and Minister for Tourism, Jodi McKay today announced that North Narrabeen Beach will become Sydney’s third national surfing reserve.

“North Narrabeen is the third national surfing reserve to be awarded to Sydney. It will cover 50 hectares of land and water along 1km of coastline, taking in part of the lagoon which helps make this break so unique“, Mr Kelly said.

“Cricket has the SCG, opera has the Opera House, now surfing has the National Surfing Reserves.

“This wonderful news will support jobs in North Narrabeen by encouraging tourists to come and surf the breaks, or enjoy watching the beautiful spectacle that is surfing.”

Mr Kelly said declaring North Narrabeen a surfing reserve will provide legal protection for the iconic surf beach.

Minister for Tourism Jodi McKay said North Narrabeen is the eighth NSW beach to be declared a national surfing reserve, reinforcing the State’s reputation as the premier surfing destination in the country.

“North Narrabeen is a spectacular beach with a proud surfing tradition that has been home to many passionate and talented surfers over the years,” Ms McKay said.

“It now joins Maroubra, Angourie, Lennox Head, Crescent Head, Cronulla, Merewether and Killalea beaches as dedicated surfing reserves.

“NSW is blessed with significantly more national surfing reserves than any other state in Australia.”

Ms McKay said the NSW Government recently launched the NSW Surf Action Plan - a partnership with Surfing NSW to promote the beauty of the NSW coastline and the large number of dedicated surf schools and beaches available to holiday makers.

“Surfing is an iconic experience and we have 32 surfing schools in NSW. These centres provide a professional and safe environment for people to learn to surf,” Ms McKay said.

“Surfing is a great way for visitors to connect with local people and our lifestyle and having another of our iconic beaches recognised nationally will certainly assist in the success of this campaign.”

Mr Kelly said NSW is home to 75% of the country’s surfers such as experienced local champions Damian Hardman and Mark Warren.

“In fact just this week local surfer Chris Davidson came second in the World Championship Tour at the Billabong Pro Mundaka in Spain”, Mr Kelly said.

Minister McKay was joined by Warringah Mayor Michael Regan, NSRC founder and Chairman Brad Farmer and local surfing legend Mark Warren.

Mayor Regan thanked the North Narrabeen National Surfing Reserve Committee, the Land and Property Management Authority, National Surf Reserves and Warringah Council for working together to promote North Narrabeen.

For further details on the NSW Government’s surf initiative visit www.visitnsw.com/surf

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