This Gold Coast suburb does not officially exist
PASSIONATE residents are lobbying authorities to recognise one of the Gold Coast's most famous surfing suburbs - because technically it has not existed for more than 100 years.
Businessman Piers Booth has launched a parliamentary petition to gain recognition for Kirra.
Despite being the home of a legendary surf break and location for the historic Kirra Pavilion and Kirra Point Groyne, the southern Coast beachside village is not gazetted as a suburb.
Mr Booth, who has a Sydney-based business, said: "We moved to Kirra from Cronulla then Byron Bay and Palm Beach over three years ago, and finally bought our little slice of paradise in what is sold as Kirra but we later found out is Coolangatta.
"It's going to be my home for the foreseeable future. It's a pain for locals but to fill out legal binding forms, pay our rates, renew our driver's licence or call an ambulance when we are forced to use Coolangatta.
"This doesn't sit well with people on the street, local shop owners and Millennials trying to put their suburb of residence on Facebook.
"I'm a person who likes to put things right and at the minute Kirra is a quasi suburb and I along with many want Kirra recognised."
The name is understood to derive from Kirra Hill which first appeared on survey plans in the mid-1880s.
Mr Booth reached out first to council where officers explained that Kirra had not been gazetted as a place name under the Place Names Act 1994, unlike Bilinga and Coolangatta.
"Until such a time as it is gazetted there will be no properties registered in the City of Gold Coast under the suburb Kirra, and therefore it will not be available as a property address for our online services forms to ensure they align," a council officer said.
"The forms do have more leniency when it comes to postal addresses. However, these must still align with Australia Post's databases where Kirra is also not listed as a suburb."
Currumbin MP Laura Gerber has backed Mr Booth's petition. It can be found here.
Ninety-two people have backed the petition which acknowledges Kirra shares the postcode of 4225 with both Bilinga and Coolangatta but was unrecognised as a stand-alone suburb causing "much grief to the taxpayers that call Kirra their home".
"This is a simple request and would provide a simple solution to everyday tasks like bill paying, licence renewals - Kirra is a world-famous tourist destination now and signed accordingly by all forms of government but unfortunately the name Kirra has been left ungazetted as to be legal," the petition said.
Ms Gerber said: "Most people don't realise that Kirra isn't its own suburb. Even Google Maps thinks Kirra is a suburb.
"Kirra is an iconic tourist destination that deserves acknowledgment. Kirra has its own unique identity, a vibrant small business community and a world-famous surf break at Kirra Point. It's about time Kirra was officially gazetted as a suburb in its own right."
"I'm proud to have community-focused and engaged locals like Piers in my electorate, willing to put their time and energy into making our community the best place to live, work and raise a family."
Originally published as This Gold Coast suburb does not officially exist