The Superbank to shut, other beaches limited to Gold Coast locals
Following a busy weekend, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has ordered a number of beaches to be closed from midnight tomorrow. However, while some will be completely off limits, others will remain open to locals.
How the Gold Coast will police the situation is unknown, even to Tom Tate. "We are working through the finer details now, including having parking officers redeployed," said Cr Tate this morning.
The Spit, Surfers Paradise, and Coolangatta beaches, including the Superbank, will be closed to everyone. Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said those beaches would be "heavily patrolled" by police.
Councillor Tate said all other beaches would remain open for Gold Coast residents only.
"I didn't want to do this but over the weekend it showed me that especially people visiting from Brisbane are not listening to us," said Cr Tate.
"I say to Logan and Brisbane people, we love you, but we don't want you visiting us right now."
"When we ask people to stay in their suburb, it means don't come [to] stay on the Gold Coast."
Cr Tate said more beaches would be closed if people continued to ignore public health orders.
"I will absolutely close more if people think this is not for real," he said.
We'll have more news at it arrives.