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Arkan’s seawall assessment deferred

CONCERN: Coastal erosion is evident at Woolgoolga Beach Reserve following the ferocious East Coast Low three weeks ago.
CONCERN: Coastal erosion is evident at Woolgoolga Beach Reserve following the ferocious East Coast Low three weeks ago. Trevor Veale

A MOTION to explore the possibility of a seawall at Woolgoolga was deferred at Thursday night's Coffs Harbour City Council meeting.

Cr John Arkan put forward a notice of motion asking the council to prepare a report outlining the costs and benefits associated with building a seawall along the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve at the main beach.

Due to Cr Arkan's unexpected absence, the councillors voted to defer Cr Arkan's notice of motion until the next meeting on July 14.

The proposed wall would run from the boat ramp to around Hofmeier Close.

Speaking to the Advocate earlier this week, Cr Arkan said "it's not a John idea" but rather came from a concerned resident.

"This is really important for Woolgoolga, we really need to get this moving so let's get some information together, look at that information and make a decision on it," he said.

Captain of the Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club, Les Pepper, said it was important it ran beyond Hofmeier Close.

"A wall would fix the beach but if it stops at Hofmeier Close... it would eventually erode the land to the north," he said.

"You can't just protect a little bit. You have to protect all of it or none."

Based on seawall construction in areas like the Gold Coast, Mr Pepper says he thinks a rock seawall is more effective as opposed to concrete walls.

Cr Arkan is an independent candidate for Cowper at the Federal Election.

Topics:  coffs harbour city council woolgoolga surf life saving club



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