Two-time world champion Mick Fanning wants to wipe out plans for a cruise ship terminal on the Gold Coast, saying it could ruin the city’s $3 billion surfing industry.
Fanning says a cruise ship terminal would kill wildlife, ruin local breaks and destroy the Gold Coast lifestyle.
Currently in Trestles, California, as part of the ASP World Tour, Fanning has used his website and considerable influence on the Coast to call for people to join the Save Our Spit protest against proposed terminal plans.
But Mayor Tom Tate has shrugged off the champ’s comments, saying he would “listen to the people that matter”.
“Tom Tate the mayor for the Gold Coast is proposing the construction of a cruise ship terminal that would gut The Spit causing mass impact to the marine life, waves and lifestyle on the Gold Coast,” Fanning wrote.
He also talked down the proposal to his 85,000 Twitter followers, commenting that “politicians (are) at it again”.
Save Our Spit Alliance boss Steven Gration said he did not contact Fanning but was pleased he had joined the cause.
Dr Gration said the world No.1’s opinion carried a lot of weight in the international surfing fraternity.
“The terminal potentially negates or destroys South Straddie as a surf break,” he said.
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Source: goldcoast.com.au | Author: Matthew Killoran