Protect key assets
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