Surf club meeting to set draft plan record straight
WOOLGOOLGA Surf Club president Les Pepper is extending an open invitation to those concerned about the club's future to come and find out exactly what is happening.
Mr Pepper and the club board will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday at 5.30pm to go through plans for the club as part of the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve and Holiday Park Draft Plan of Management.
The meeting has been prompted by action group Save Woopi Beach's campaign to stop the demolition of the clubhouse on Woolgoolga Beach.
"There is a lot of misinformation being passed around publicly that we'd like to just clarify," Mr Pepper said.
"On Wednesday night I invite all people concerned, including members of Save Woopi Beach, to come and actually hear what we've gone through and why we've made the decisions we have in relation to the relocation of the clubhouse."
Mr Pepper said he was frustrated no-one had contacted the club about the decision and why it was made.
He also slammed claims made on the website stating "the surf club could convert their current perpetual lease to freehold title for a nominal figure".
"That's just rubbish - it can't happen," Mr Pepper said.
"It's frustrating that no-one has even come to us to ask what processes we've been through.
"This has been going on for years now, we've had an experienced working group giving us the best information and we've looked at every single option."
A Save Woopi Beach spokesperson said their argument was not with the surf club.
"Everyone admires and supports the club; we're just worried they haven't been given the true options available to them," the spokesperson said.
"Our argument is with the council and with the lack of public consultation up until now - it all seems a bit late in the day.
"If the surf club need new facilities then let them have them, we just remain skeptical that they've been given all the options."