Safety for all at Currumbin Estuary

1 Jul 2013 2:51 PMJann Stuckey

1 July 2013

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has met with the local surfing and boating community along with representatives from the State Government and Gold Coast City Council to address the issue of safety at Currumbin Estuary.

“On Friday 28 June,  there was a 2 hour meeting held in my office with  10 attendees from a variety of related interests including;  surfers, boaties, Currumbin Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR), Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA), State Government, Gold Coast City Council and local MP’s,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The meeting was called for by Chris Butler a couple of weeks ago and the agenda for the meeting focused on addressing three key items – safety, education and congestion which are intrinsically linked to any discussion about the Currumbin Estuary.

“All stakeholders in attendance had ample opportunity to put forward their concerns and ideas, and a number of actions were readily agreed upon.

“The group specifically tasked the GCWA, who have accepted responsibility for this issue, with a number of actions to pursue and report back on within 30 days.

GCWA CEO Hal Morris said the meeting chaired by Ms Stuckey on Friday identified concrete actions that can be taken to improve safety.

“Already the GCWA have begun looking into educational programs aimed at informing creek users of the dangers of Currumbin bar and the need to look out for their own safety and that of those around them,” Ms Stuckey said.

“One overarching theme that I have championed for over 9 years and that was strongly reinforced at the meeting was that this estuary is for everyone to use and enjoy. Therefore, in implementing any actions we must be focused on working together to find the best way to collaboratively address safety concerns,” Ms Stuckey said.

“At the conclusion of the meeting everyone shook hands, left smiling and agreed to work on a number of actions and reconvene in around 4 weeks’ time.

“The Currumbin Alley is a natural beauty and it is little wonder so many people want to utilise it. It is because of this huge interest in the area that the issue requires careful consideration and a whole of community approach to ensure it is a safe waterway for all to enjoy.