JAG warns it will stop surf titles
By CRAIG McTEAR
THE Jetty Action Group is determined to stop the national surf lifesaving titles going ahead at Boambee Beach.
So much so JAG chairman Wayne Evans has warned things could get physical.
"We'll do what we have to do. If that comes down to physical resistance, that's what we'll do," Mr Evans said.
JAG will stage a 'people power rally' on the northern end of the beach at 10am on October 21.
They hope to form a 2km line along the beach to symbolise what Mr Evans said was the 2km road proposed behind the dunes as part of the planned infrastructure works.
The group is counting on four-wheel-drive enthusiasts and other concerned members of the community to join the protest.
"Our message is clear. We have drawn a line for our democratic rights. Cross it at your own peril," Mr Evans said.
He claimed planning for the titles, to be held at the beach from 2010 to 2012, had happened behind closed doors.
"Over $17 million of infrastructure works are proposed on land that contains endangered ecological communities and nesting sites for the regent honeyeater and Goulds petrel, as well as the rare and endangered green turtle and loggerhead turtle.
"Roads, car parks and grassed areas will replace a fully functioning dunal ecosystem and desecrate sites of deep cultural significance to the local Bagawa clan of the Gumbayngirr people."
Mr Evans claims the city council and the State Government want to turn Boambee Beach and the Jetty Foreshore into 'the Gold Coast of NSW'.
Council general manager, Stephen Sawtell, said Surf Life Saving had this week 'totally endorsed the Boambee Beach option' for the surf titles.
"This is good news, because it helps us to seek State and federal funding," Mr Sawtell said.
JAG lacked credibility, he said, because of its 'false statements and misinformation of the facts'.
"The whole of the (infrastructure) program takes up only 12.5 hectares, which is primarily bitou bush," he said.
"The bottom line is there has to be a proper approval process. There is no approval there yet to do anything."