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Our Surf Management Plan was developed in 2015 and recognises the value surfing provides to our lifestyle and economy.
The Surf Management Plan seeks to balance the interests of all beach and ocean users in line with the City's Ocean Beaches Strategy – specifically that our beaches are open and inclusive and remain healthy and clean.
The vision for the Surf Management Plan is to provide world's best practice coastal management strategies to preserve and enhance the surf amenity of the Gold Coast.
The Surf Management Plan contains three key objectives:
The Surf Management Plan also outlines the role of local government in the management of Gold Coast beaches as well as summarises the legislative framework and jurisdictional boundaries that exist between Local, State and Commonwealth Governments.
Our rich surfing history and culture has played a defining role in shaping the city’s identity. Surfing is a key driver of the local economy, contributing significant value via associated expenditure and employment.
In 2020, we commissioned a report on the economic and social value of surfing to the region. The report identifies the investment needed to ensure the future growth and prosperity of the sport.
Disclaimer: This summary is derived from a report dated 29 September 2020. It incorporates information and events up to that date only. There is no information arising, or event occurring, after that date which may affect the validity of opinion within this summary.