Surfers Unite To Protest Dredging At Currumbin Alley

As reported on http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2008/10/20/17700_gold-coast-news.html

A surfing group took a symbolic  dig at the state government at Currumbin Alley on the Gold Coast today, taking to the beach with shovels to protest over dredging in the area.

The Gold Coast and Tweed branch of the Surfrider Foundation wants the Bligh Government to take a broad interest in the Currumbin estuary in order to protect the area and its surf break.

The Gold Coast City Council started dredging operations in Currumbin Creek last week, but the foundation members want the state involved to ensure the sand is pumped appropriately.

They are asking for broader community consultation to assess the needs of all recreational users, a place on the Currumbin Estuary Dredging Group Committee and that the council conducts a research program into the management of the Currumbin Estuary.

“This is only the start of our project,” said Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast and Tweed branch spokesman Chris Butler.

“We’re in this for the long haul.”

The group warn that Currumbin will become another `Kirra disaster’, leaving the Gold Coast without another popular surf break.

Under the council’s two-month dredging operation, some 34,000 cubic metres of sand will be transferred to the open beach between Laceys Lane and Fourth Avenue at Palm Beach.

Currently the creek is so silted that boaties, surf lifesavers and the Volunteer Marine Rescue struggle to use it.

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