The City of Gold Coast’s Surf Management Plan is now in effect. The plan was developed in consultation with surfing, boating and environmental stakeholders, and was released at Surf World Gold Coast at Currumbin in February.
Its overarching aim is to ensure that the Gold Coast’s surfing amenity is protected and enhanced for generations to come, covering the area from Duranbah and Snapper Rocks in the south, to the northernmost point of South Stradbroke Island.
The need for a Surf Management Plan was recognised following the growing numbers of locals and visitors taking to our iconic surf breaks over the years.
The Gold Coast Surf Management Plan seeks to achieve the following objectives:
• Resident and visiting surf break users who share Gold Coast beaches, clearly understand local surf etiquette and surf safety customs.
• Management of surf amenity on Gold Coast beaches is recognised as best practice, and is informed by data collection, design and innovation.
• Joint stewardship in the management of Gold Coast surf amenity.
It’s the first strategy of its kind to consider the Gold Coast’s surf amenity in council’s decision making process. In fact, it is the first time anywhere in the world that a local government has formally recognised the importance of surf breaks to the local community, while reinforcing the critical nature of maintaining surf amenity with solid science, community input and effective management strategies.