The Woolgoolga Main Beach and foreshores.
The Woolgoolga Main Beach and foreshores. Trevor Veale

New beach plan

WHAT will Woolgoolga's iconic beachfront and caravan park look like in the future?

Residents and tourists are being asked to have their input as the draft plan of management for the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve and Holiday Park goes on public exhibition on Monday.

Coffs Harbour City Council said the plan aimed to make the area more attractive to locals and visitors, open up more public open space and provide better community facilities - but some residents aren't so sure.

The future of Woolgoolga's iconic beachfront is up for debate as the draft plan of management for Woolgoolga Beach Reserve and Holiday Park goes on public exhibition on Monday.

Coffs Harbour City Council is asking residents and other interested people to make comment on the proposed plans for the area, which they say aims to make Woolgoolga Beach Reserve and Holiday Park more attractive to locals and visitors, open up more public open space and provide better community facilities.

The community of Woolgoolga is well-known for being passionate about the town and its unique character - we're really keen to get as many comments and ideas from the people of Woolgoolga as possible," Council's Holiday Parks and Reserves manager Jason Bailey said.

"We're urging people to take a look at the Draft Plan for themselves and tell us what they think.

"The Holiday Park is an important economic driver for the town, bringing thousands of visitors to Woolgoolga and the northern beaches every year.

It's also a key provider of funds for improvements to local reserves as profits from the Holiday Park can only be spent on upgrades for these areas.

"Maintaining the attractiveness of the Holiday Park for future and current visitors has a direct link to providing improved public spaces for locals and visitors alike. Ultimately, the aim is to help grow the prosperity of the town as a whole."

Meanwhile, Save Woopi Beach, a group of concerned residents and long time tourists, have been circulating a petition against a number of changes in the copy of Draft Plan previously sent to Crown Lands for approval.

Spokeswoman Maryanne Van Bodegraven said they were concerned about the lack of community consultation so far.

"We're welcoming an opportunity to have a look at exactly what is planned," Ms Van Bodegraven said.

The plan will be out for comment for a total of 40 days until Friday, August 8.

The draft plan can be viewed on council's website at coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au, or hard copies of the documents can also be found at Grafton Crown Lands Office, Victoria St, Grafton, Coffs Harbour City Council Chambers, Coffs Harbour Library, Woolgoolga Library, Woolgoolga Beach Holiday Park and Emerald Beach General Store, Fiddaman Road, Emerald Beach.

The council is corporate manager of the Trust for Woolgoolga Beach Reserve under the auspices of the NSW Government's Crown Lands division. <EP>All submissions received will be collated by the council after the end of the consultation period and sent onto Crown Lands. for consideration along with the Draft Plan. 



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