Hands off Coffs' surf carnival

MEMO Queensland: Keep your hands off our surf life saving championships!

That is the message the Coffs Coast needs to send to those north of the border who find it hard to understand - people living in other states even go to the beach or swim in the ocean.

There has been unhappiness on the Gold Coast for a number of years since Surf life Saving Australia decided to move its prestigious national championships to other venues.

Despite the annual week-long surf life saving carnival, which attracts up to 8000 competitors, now being held in Western Australia and due to come to Coffs Harbour from 2010 to 2012, some in Queensland have refused to accept life will ever be the same until the championships return to Kurrawa on the Gold Coast.

They have campaigned constantly and sniped at both Coffs Harbour and Western Australia, saying any event held away from Queensland must be inferior.

They were at it again this week with the Gold Coast Bulletin running a story reporting a push to have the championships return to Kurrawa in 2010 the year they are due in Coffs Harbour.

They story quoted world ironman champion Zane Holmes and world ironwoman champion Kristy Munroe both Queenslanders saying how great it would be to be at Kurrawa.

The Bulletin reported that it 'understands Surf Life Saving Australia has been experiencing difficulties finalising arrangements for the national titles to be held at Coffs Harbour from 2010'.

That is far from the case, according to Coffs Harbour City Council.

"We are confident the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will be coming here in 2010 and confident we will host an excellent event," a council spokesperson said yesterday.

The council is waiting on funding announcements from the State and Federal governments to support its plans to hold the championships at Boambee Beach.

The new Rudd Labor government has been approached to contribute to the $17.2million required to develop the Boambee site.

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