A better link between Woolgoolga and the beach are a major part of Coffs Harbour City Council's draft plan for a beachfront makeover.
A better link between Woolgoolga and the beach are a major part of Coffs Harbour City Council's draft plan for a beachfront makeover. Kue Hall

More room to move in Woolgoolga's beachfront makeover

WOOLGOOLGA'S ocean frontage will undergo a transformation aimed at creating more public space and better linking the town with the water under a draft plan for the area.

As corporate managers for the Woolgoolga Beach Holiday Park, Coffs Harbour City Council is sending the draft plan to the NSW Government to gain approval for a public consultation process to begin.

As part of the changes, nearly a third of the caravan park would revert to public open space with the relocation of car parking areas increasing the usable space.

The changes would also open up vistas and create promenades to better link the foreshore and beach with the town centre.

Coffs Harbour City Council's holiday parks and reserves manager, Jason Bailey, said the reduction in camping space would reduce site availability during the peak season.

However, the changes were designed to bring overall higher benefits to the town.

"The improvements are aimed at achieving higher returns overall," Mr Bailey said.

"The improved product we can offer visitors will have a greater earning potential than the current park can generate and - as all profits are put back into enhancing public reserves - the entire community will benefit."

The draft plan also includes the relocation of Woolgoolga Marine Rescue to Arrawarra, leaving the current site available for a new surf club building.

Upgrading the Arrawarra boat ramp would make it a focal point for boating activities on the Northern Beaches, according to a council statement.

The Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Trust will fund the Marine Rescue relocation and the demolition of the Surf Life Saving Club from funds generated from holiday park profits for public reserve improvements.

Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club members voted to relocate at this year's annual meeting.

The club has worked with local architects to develop concept plans for a new clubhouse.

Pedestrian and cycling paths, upgraded playgrounds and public art will be part of the transformation, if it gets the go-ahead.

Other details include upgrading cabins at the holiday park and creating links between Woolgoolga Beach, Woolgoolga Lake and the headland to increase accessibility.



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