Proposal for south coast to be a National Surfing Reserve

GAINING SUPPORT: Chair of the Encounter Coast Surfing Reserve proposal Nisa Schebella made a deputation to the City of Victor Harbor seeking endorsement and help to have the south coast a surfing reserve.
GAINING SUPPORT: Chair of the Encounter Coast Surfing Reserve proposal Nisa Schebella made a deputation to the City of Victor Harbor seeking endorsement and help to have the south coast a surfing reserve.

The quest for the south coast to be a National Surfing Reserve is growing after a deputation at the December, City of Victor Harbor council meeting by the chair of a steering committee.

Nisa Schebella is the chair of the steering committee proposing for the Encounter Coast Surfing Reserve, which will run from Parsons Beach to Goolwa Beach and cover two council areas.

"We already have the support of Alexandrina Council and now we would like the support of the City of Victor Harbor," Nisa said.

"We are working under the auspices of Surfing SA to manage funding for the proposed National Surfing Reserve and we also have the support of the Minister for Environment Ian Hunter. The proposed Encounter Coast Surfing Reserve would be the biggest in Australia and will promote and celebrate the cultural history of surfing on the south coast.

We have the support of Alexandrina Council and now we would like the support of the City of Victor Harbor

Nisa Schebella

"We have documentation dating back to the 1920s and we are currently working on building stronger ties with the Port Elliot, Chiton and Goolwa lifesaving clubs."

Nisa said the committee consisting of 10 members, is in consultation with the Ramindjeri and Ngarrindjeri and needs council to support the vision to help publicise the reserve claim, give professional guidance, have a council representative on the steering committee (Alexandrina already have a representative) and promote Victor Harbor as a surfing destination. 

At the conclusion of Nisa's deputation elected members unanimously voted that Nisa be invited to present to the Economic Development & Tourism Committee (ED&T), to outline the specific support required to assist their bid for the Encounter Coast Surfing Reserve. Nisa hopes to attend the ED&T committee as soon as possible. 

"Because we are proposing a surfing reserve in the Victor Harbor council area we need their support and I look forward to meeting with the committee," she said.

"The south coast is so rich in surfing culture, as in April the region will be hosting the Southern Surfing Festival and later in 2018, the Junior National Surfing Titles.

"Approximately $15,000 is required to dedicate the site as a National Surfing Reserve, erect plaques and to release a booklet promoting our surfing history."  

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