Campbell Newman: don't allow our iconic surf beach to be destroyed by a casino and cruise ship development
  • Petitioned Premier Campbell Newman

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Premier Campbell Newman
The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Campbell Newman: don't allow our iconic surf beach to be destroyed by a casino and cruise ship development

    1. Petition by

      Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance (SOSBA)

January 2014


Victory! Kirra beach has been saved from a proposed cruise ship terminal and casino after 35,000+ people signed a petition started by locals on After being backed by world champion surfers Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, this morning Premier Campbell Newman scrapped the idea -- responding in the Courier Mail that "we will simply never entertain the idea of a cruise ship terminal at Kirra Beach…our beaches are just too important" Congratulations to everyone who joined the campaign.

It's one of the best beaches in the world. Kirra beach on the Gold Coast is iconic and beautiful -- but now it's at risk of being sold to a developer and ripped up for a cruise terminal and casino.

The proposal would take a kilometer of beach away, with surfers -- and the thousands of ordinary families who’ve been here for decades -- denied access. It's unbelievable to think that the government would even consider allowing this to go ahead on such a pristine and loved holidaying spot.

Beaches are public places. They're meant to belong to all Australians, not be ripped up so developers can earn billions off them.

Our community is fighting this proposal with everything we've got. Surfing champion Mick Fanning who grew up learning to surf in the area is also backing the campaign:

 “My favourite wave in the world is Kirra… and I’m not the only surfer that feels that way. So when I heard about the proposed cruise ship terminal my first thought was we’re going to lose one of the greatest surf destinations on earth. This development is wrong on so many levels…"

Stripping a kilometre of beach away would destroy surfing in the area and all the businesses that rely on it -- but more than that, the pollution and erosion will no doubt have a huge impact on the marine life and beautiful coastline we all enjoy so much.

These are irreplaceable beaches. Once they're gone, they're gone forever.

We still have an opportunity to save Kirra and Bilinga beaches from the development. Last time a proposal like this was floated we rallied together and forced the developer to back away -- now we need to do it again.

Please sign our petition to save our Gold Coast beaches -- and stop them being decimated for a private casino development.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 30,000 signatures



    Jan 14, 2014

    Help a worthy cause, sign this petition to help #SaveKirra:



    Jan 06, 2014

    Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance: To oppose a cruise ship terminal for the Bilinga North Kirra area via @ChangeAUS

    Mick Fanning

    Reasons for signing

    • David Taylor AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      Kirra is a work of nature's art that produces phenomenal world renowned waves. To mess with natures art is no different, even worse than Barbarians looting Ancient Rome.

      • 9 months ago

      The raw beauty of this surf beach is why people come here. If you want to create a terminal, create it from something that is not beautiful already and in so doing Add Value!

      • 9 months ago

      It's time to put an end to developments that change the face of the environment forever. Kirra's reef has already been effected by sand pumping what little is left needs to be preserved. We have Humpback whales migrating past the proposed development and many other important marine sea life in the area. Kirra is home to world champion surfers and a community that loves the natural coastline the area is world renowned for, if these are not reasons enough to preserve this area. Then what about a simple, no amount of money is worth more, then the natural beauty that's already on offer here a Kirra. Please Save Kirra.

    • Ross Gardner GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      I honestly never think this would have gone ahead anyway, our corrupt greed fueled government probably staged this whole thing so when they agreed to scrap it, they gained some respect and helped Campbell Newman put back a few pieces of his shattered reputation after this whole VLAD legislation and raping of the Australians human rights... Now lets stop the destruction of our Great Barrier Reef....!! Keep fighting the good fight, peace..

      • 9 months ago

      Don't take our beaches away from us for development that will bring little gain compared to what will be lost. How many people go to casinos compared to those who go to the beach to surf, kayak, walk, and enjoy themselves. Another port is not necessary when Brisbane is more suitable and not far away.


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