Pro­tect key as­sets

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Let­ters -

Re­ports the Mar­garet River Drug Aware Pro will be held next year and into the fu­ture are not nec­es­sar­ily a cause for cel­e­bra­tion, de­spite what a few key fig­ures in the surf­ing in­dus­try would have us be­lieve.

The Mar­garet River Pro is run by the World Surf League, a US-based, en­tirely com­mer­cial busi­ness in­ter­ested in mak­ing surf­ing as pop­u­lar as pos­si­ble and tak­ing events to as many “se­cret spots” as it can, to max­imise its own profit.

In re­cent years, the WA State and lo­cal gov­ern­ments have been key spon­sors of the Mar­garet River event, un­like most of the other events run by WSL, which are sup­ported by Bil­l­abong, Roxy, Sam­sung and Tar­get etc.

Care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion needs to be given as to why tax­pay­ers’ money is be­ing spent on this large-scale busi­ness op­er­a­tion.

Chas­ing the tourism dol­lar is not just about hav­ing one-off events, it is about hav­ing a qual­ity prod­uct for tourists to visit. The pri­mary rea­son peo­ple come here is the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

The nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and life­style are the rea­sons many peo­ple choose to live in the re­gion.

Be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the Mar­garet River Pro, large-scale struc­tures were built on frag­ile parts of the coast­line with im­punity.

The com­mu­nity was also de­nied ac­cess to lo­cal beaches in prime surf­ing con­di­tions for days and weeks at a time.

Rather than give an in­ter­na­tional cor­po­ra­tion ex­tra fund­ing and the abil­ity to do as it pleases with our coast­line, we need to pro­tect what we value. Sam An­der­son Mar­garet River

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