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Cabarita Beach pushes for Surfing Reserve status



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Tweed Coast beaches would join several other reserves across Australia

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 March, 2017 - Tweed coast beaches at Cabarita and the Bogangar-Hastings Point are pushing to become national surfing reserves and hope to join several other protected beaches across Australia. If the move goes through the beaches will join 20 surfing reserves in the country.

On behalf of the Board of National Surfing Reserves, Brad Farmer welcomed the proposal.

"Cabarita Beach/Bogangar has been recognised as one of Australia’s best beaches – and we look forward to working with the committee and the community on their nomination," Mr Farmer said. "With its iconic surf breaks and popularity, it is a worthy surfing reserve candidate."

The lengthy legal process started when a local committee formed with several members including Griffith University coastal researcher, Dr Kerrie Foxwell-Norton.

If Norton is confirmed to the chair position she will be the world’s first female chair of a surfing reserve.

"We know that what we have here is special and we are passionate about its protection," Dr Foxwell-Norton told "A surfing reserve sends a clear message that we respect and revere our surf and our coast."

Dr Foxwell-Norton told Echo Net that the official symbolic recognition "acknowledges the consistent quality of the breaks and the area’s historical and contemporary significance for local and visiting surfers, of all skill levels and surf craft.

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