Surf be­he­moth mus­cles way in

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters -

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

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