Support Grows in Political Circles for Surf Museum in Cronulla | County Chief of St George and Sutherland
Support is growing in political circles for a surf museum in Cronulla.
Sutherland Shire has a rich surfing history, which began in 1915 with the first recorded windsurfing demonstration in the area by Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku at North Cronulla.
Since then, the county has produced several world and national surfing champions.
The idea of creating a surf museum in Cronulla was first brought up about 20 years ago, but the political will, as well as the leadership of the organization now known as Surfing Sutherland Shire, has never been stronger. stronger than today.
Sutherland Shire A Ward Councilors Michael Forshaw (Labor) and Carol Provan are both strongly committed to making the museum a reality and the response from federal and state MPs has been encouraging.
Surfing Sutherland Shire President Andy Britton said: “Before COVID, we had an opening with [Prime Minister and Cook MP] Scott Morrison’s office, created by Carol Provan.
“We sent a proposal and we got a positive response,” he said.
“We also received a lot of support from Mark Speakman’s office.
“We’re very clear that we don’t see it as a static exhibit like you have with a traditional museum,” he said.
“We see it as a modern, interactive space where people can learn and while they are there also having a coffee or taking a yoga class …
“It could be a place where students can learn more about the ecology of oceans and beaches.
“The model could be similar to Hazelhurst, with ownership by a government agency.
“It would provide a home for the local surfing community and also bring tourism to the county.”
Cr Forshaw said: “A surf museum is not a dream. I think it can be a reality and we are talking about it at Surfing NSW and it is part of the board’s forward strategy.
“I see Hazelhurst as an example. Back then some people on the board didn’t like the idea and said it would be too expensive to run, but now it’s probably one of the most important regional galleries in the country. . “
The Southern Swell Surf Show, held in Hazelhurst from November 2019 to February 2020, was the most successful ever held at the gallery.
This exhibition included contemporary and historical photographs, surfboards, films, memorabilia and artwork from 15 artists, photographers and filmmakers from South Sydney who shed light on key surfers, influential figures, Iconic surf spots, competitions and clubs over the past decades.
Lifetime Cronulla Surfer and Leader chief photographer John Veage co-hosted the exhibit with Carrie Kibbler of the Hazelhurst Arts Center.