Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Surf Schools May Face Wipe-Out

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Surf Schools May Face Wipe-Out

Article excerpt

COMPETITION will be fierce for surf school licences in the Ballina Shire with the council, for the first time, calling for tenders for the licences.

In the past the council has simply reissued licences to the same operators each year.

This meant new operators could not enter the market.

But the council's manager of open spaces and reserves, Jillian Pratten, said they were now offering three surf school licences, three stand-up paddle school licences, and four licences for elite surf or specialist surf schools.

She said the council received many inquiries and, under a revised policy, the licences now require open tendering.

"The council needs to manage the number and size of operators on the shire's beaches and ensure that they do not adversely impact recreational beach users," Ms Pratten said.

"The council also recognises that surf schools provide a unique visitor experience and it is important that the shire has professional and reputable operators providing these popular activities. …

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