We need your help to continue our surf school on the safest spot of Seven Mile Beach, NSW

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We need your help to continue to run our surf school where we currently operate; at the safest spot on Seven Mile Beach, which is just beside the river.

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We are teaching local kids and adults from all over the Kiama and Shoalhaven communities safety in the ocean and the art of surfing. We cater to children with disabilities. We also teach tourists, refugees and so many others from different walks of life the beautiful sport of Surfing. We help people overcome their fears of the ocean and waves. We provide individuals with the opportunity to connect with nature and their inner-selves. We have a zero-impact on the environment, are fully licensed and legal, fully insured and absolutely respect the water we swim in and the land we walk on. Lastly, Seven Mile Beach is often unpatrolled. At times we have multiple instructors on the beach who are trained in Surf Rescue and are competent to assist the public, increasing the safety and security on the beach - regardless of whether we are conducting a lesson or not.

Kiama Council is currently reviewing its surf school policy (SSP). The draft SSP is essentially the same as it has been for ten years. It has three zones (A, B & C) for surf schools. We are located in Zone A (beside the River), which is the safest spot for the kids and adult beginners. The waves here are small, predictable and break in shallow water for a long way. The access is ideal, with car parking along Burke Parade, and Ricketts Reserve provides a perfect grassy park for the parents to watch the lessons from.

A handful of Gerroa residents have organised a petition to council to stop the surf schools from using Zone A. This petition has been signed by over 1,000 people, many of whom were tourists visiting on Australia Day, and is about to be presented to Kiama Council. The petitioners have successfully lobbied the Kiama South Precinct Committee, who obliged with a resolution to Council recommending the banning of surf schools in Zone A.

So here is where we need your help. We need to collectively inform Kiama Council of the reasons why surf schools should continue using Zone A. And your signature is enough. We need you to sign this petition.

Thank you,

Rusty and Vanessa Moran


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