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A proposal to allow the Drug Aware Margaret River Surf Pro organisers to choose from four different surf breaks for competition days will be the discussion of a community meeting on Thursday 1 February 2018.
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is hosting the meeting to gauge support to allow the World Surf League event to use Boat Ramps (Prevelly) and North Point (Gracetown) for a maximum of two days during the 2018 and 2019 Margaret River Pro event.
This would be in addition to the already approved locations of Margaret River Mainbreak and The Box. 
From 2014 the local leg of the World Championship Tour operated solely from Margaret River Mainbreak and The Box, until 2017 when the maximum two-day alternative location clause was amended to also permit for the use of North Point in Gracetown.
It is proposed that Boat Ramps and North Point are approved for use for the 2018 and 2019 events, in line with the license expiry for the event.
“The reality was that the inclusion of North Point formed a critical component of the bid to secure the event sanctioning and the WSL license arrangement,” Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane said.
“The new proposal to include Boat Ramps is slightly different and we believe the likelihood of using the venue is less than 1%.
“Our request is because if a large, southerly swell combined with light south-east to easterly winds, then it is a prime event location especially given the proximity to the main event site, and ease of doing the broadcast.
“Ultimately what these potential venue additions create is a unique event – significantly different to any other event in the world.
“Our hope is that this uniqueness will cement the event on the WSL calendar for years to come.”
Mr Lane said limited infrastructure will be set-up in and around the car park at the Gracetown boat ramp, and a scaffolding deck will be set-up along the beach at Gnarabup only if the location is likely to be used and only for a maximum of 24 hours.  
Public access will be managed to the car park and the contest venue for Boat Ramps, the beach and White Elephant Café will be accessible to the public for swimming, fishing, walking and boating as per usual.  
In Gracetown, public access will be restricted to at the contest venue at North Point whereby event patrons will be limited to the northern section Town Beach and the Town Beach car park.
No public access will be permitted on the North Point headland or car parks, or on any fragile areas including the delicate dune system.
The public will still be able to access and use the beaches during the event, with all recreational boating users able to access the boat ramps as per normal.
If the event is not being held at any of the specified locations, recreational surfers will be free to use the surf breaks.
The community meeting will start at 6pm at the Margaret River Recreation Centre.
Public feedback submissions regarding the proposal can be lodged online via yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/margaret-river-pro until the end of today (Friday 12 January 2018). 

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