Surf behemoth muscles way in
We have recently been made aware of the proposed extension of the Margaret River Pro surfing event at one of the busiest periods of the year, just before Christmas, with submissions already due earlier this month.
Most residents were either working furiously to cater for tourists or were away on holiday.
It is essential our community is genuinely consulted on the proposed extension of the Margaret River Pro, which is run by the multinational behemoth World Surf League.
This company rolls out its events at many locations around the world with the sole purpose of making more money. It has made no real attempts to engage with the community and specifically groups that care for the local coastline.
Rather than use the platform of a worldwide audience to genuinely promote the culture and values of our region, it creates a generic event for the benefit of its sponsors and its bottom line.
In the process, locals are locked out of their favourite beaches for weeks at a time.
I implore everyone to contact councillors and speak up about how this event must be held to account and consider the values of the community it is profiteering from. Pat Osborne, Margaret River