Australian pro surfers like 3X World Champion Mick Fanning, Adrian “Ace” Buchan, and Big Ben Wilkinson are blowing up social media with some sad news. One of their favorite surf spots, the iconic Kirra break located on the Gold Coast, is under major threat of destruction due to a proposed $2 billion plan to construct a cruise ship terminal.
*NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Breaking News as of January 15th, 2014 –
Premier Campbell Newman quashed plans telling the Gold Coast Bulletin:
“There would be no cruise ship terminal at Kirra Beach. While we always welcome new ideas about how to grow the state, we will simply never entertain the idea of a cruise ship terminal at Kirra Beach.
“Our beaches are just too important – not just as a natural wonder or as a place for families and surfers – but also for the central role they play in Gold Coast tourism.”
The massive protest planned for the Gold Coast’s southern end could turn into a celebration, reports News.com.au.
According to Change.org, coastal development including a city-proposed cruise ship port is threatening Kirra Beach. Surfers and local residents fear that the iconic surf destination will be sold to a developer who is proposing to construct a cruise terminal and casino. Kirra is predicted to suffer greatly from the proposed project due to pollution and erosion that will harm the marine life, destroy the beauty of the coastline, and eliminate one of the most famous surf breaks that the Gold Coast is known for.
Athletes and brands are coming together to do something. Billabong, Mick Fanning, and Ben Wilkinson are banding together in support of the campaign against development of Kirra Beach.
“It’s crazy how much sewage and waste a cruise ship generates. Last year the Port of Brisbane received about 110 cruise ships. Going off this, the above waste would be detrimental to the ocean and neighboring habitats of animals around the Gold Coast and also the water quality. Where would all this waste go?? You tell me! #dontturnthegoldcoastintoatoilet”… posted @Mick_Fanning.
Australia is asking for help from surfers around the world who don’t want to see Kirra Beach to become history. You can support the campaign to stop development by visiting Change.org and signing the petition.
In addition, if you live or are visiting the Gold Coast this Sunday, January 19th, participate in ‘The Big Paddle Out to Save Kirra’ held by the Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance. The ceremony will be held as a public rally to raise awareness over the issue beginning at 10am at North Kirra Beach.
Watch Kelly Slater (USA) battle Joel Parkinson (AUS) in front of a packed Kirra Beach last March on the Gold Coast during the ASP WCT Quiksilver Pro event: