Another world pro surfer joins tide of terminal protest

World champion surfer Mark Occhilupo is the latest high-profile Gold Coaster to oppose plans for a cruise ship terminal in the Broadwater.

Mark Occhilupo joins Mick Fanning, Mark Richardson and Andrew McKinnon to protest the cruise ship terminal development. Photo © ASP

This week, the 46-year-old surfer took to social media to help activist group Save our Spit, which has been rallying against any development on the slice of land north of Main Beach.

“I have seen this type of development destroy other places around the world and would hate to see it happen to probably the best wave on the Coast, well certainly in the top five,” Occhilupo said on Facebook on Tuesday night.

At the time of print, 116 people had “liked” his comments. Occhilupo, who did not return Bulletin calls, also posted a photo of his son surfing at South Stradbroke over the weekend, which drew more than 700 likes and 35 comments.

The public outcry follows legendary surfer Mick Fanning’s calls last month to end plans to build a terminal.

Fanning said a terminal would destroy the $3 billion surfing industry. His comments sparked a war between Gold Coast City Council leaders and the surfing fraternity.

Gold Coast surfing champions Mark Richardson and Andrew McKinnon joined the chorus of wave riders opposing the terminal plans.

The divide in the community has led Gold Coast Surf Industry Taskforce chairman John Neilsen to plead for a “sit down” between the two parties.

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Source: | Author: Shannon Willoughby


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