National surf reserve a reality
BEACHES from Coolangatta to Currumbin have joined Lennox Head in being named a national surfing reserve.
Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley, Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke and National Surfing Reserve chairman Brad Farmer joined some of the greatest names in surfing to celebrate the reserve that has been years in the making.
The 14km stretch of beach from the NSW border to Burleigh includes the surf breaks of Snapper Rocks and Kirra.
It joins locations such as Lennox, Manly and Western Australia's Margaret River, which are among some of the nation's finest surf spots.
Mr Farmer said the idea of a surf reserve, which has spread around the world, was born on the Gold Coast but it had taken 20 years for the coast to be included.
He said a lot of people's interests had to be addressed since the area had so many people involved in the surf industry.
Mayor Ron Clarke said the beaches in the southern Gold Coast were worthy of reserve status.
"The quality of the waves at these beaches is renowned," he said.