Noosa in the running to be named a World Surfing Reserve
THE Save the Waves Coalition is set to decide tomorrow if a Queensland beach will become a World Surfing Reserve.
Noosa and the Gold Coast are the only areas other than Brazil to make the shortlist.
Only one World Surfing Reserve is approved by the Save the Waves Coalition each year, and Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said he was stoked Queensland had two shots at the title.
"It's down to the Gold Coast, Noosa and Guarda Do Embaú in Brazil, so I think we've got a pretty good chance," Dr Miles said.
"It is well known worldwide that Queensland is one of the greatest places to visit if you're a surfer.
"One of our election commitments was to work with Gold Coast City Council and the community to have the Gold Coast's southern beaches and surf breaks declared a World Surfing Reserve.
"But we are also delighted that Noosa's beaches, already recognised as a National Surfing Reserve, have made it on to the shortlist."
The Save the Waves coalition will meet today but isn't expected to announce the winner until next month.
Member for Springwood, Mr Mick de Brenni said the nominations recognise the outstanding beauty of our beaches and the importance of surfing and the surfing and tourism industry to the regions.
"On the Gold Coast, for example, the surf industry is worth $1.4 billion and supports more than 20,000 jobs," Mr de Brenni said.
The chairman of Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve Inc. Andrew McKinnon said each World Surfing Reserve is selected on four criteria - quality and consistency of waves, environmental characteristics, surf culture and history, and local support/capacity.
"Queensland surfing areas easily meet the criteria and then some," he said.
"The local support has been incredible and we are really grateful to the community for their efforts in supporting the bid."
Where should the next World Surfing Reserve be?
This poll ended on 15 October 2015.
Guarda Do Embau, Brazil
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