Gold Coast surfers are rejoice as the proposed terminal for North Kirra has been quashed by the Queensland State Government.
Speaking to the Gold Coast Bulletin, Premier Campbell Newman has vowed that no terminal will ever go ahead that would ruin Queensland beahes or dismantle the areas booming tourism industry.
"There would be no cruise ship terminal at Kirra Beach. While we always welcome new ideas about how to grow the state, we will simply never entertain the idea of a cruise ship terminal at Kirra Beach."
"Our beaches are just too important - not just as a natural wonder or as a place for families and surfers - but also for the central role they play in Gold Coast tourism."
Andrew McKinnon, spokesperson and leading activist behind Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance is overjoyed that sanity has prevailed.
"This is a huge victory for all those who campaigned so hard against such a devastating proposal for North Kirra. We will use this victory as a celebration to paddle out proudly on this Sunday."
"Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance would like to applaud the Premier of Queensland for his decisive action to axe the ill-fated endeavour."
"However SOSBA stands side by side with its Northern Gold Coast cousins SAVEOURSPIT to oppose the Broadwater plan for a Cruise Ship Terminal/Casino on public land that will affect the World class surfing location of South Straddie."
"SOSBA would like to call on the Qld State Government to list the 38 kilometre Gold Coast coastal strip from South Straddie to Coolangatta as a World Surfing Reserve to be heritage listed and ultimately protect our greatest natural assets namely the beach and surf from public land grab."
"See you all at Kirra for the biggest Paddle out yet this Sunday."