Woolgoolga issues up for discussion
WOOLGOOLGA will be firmly in the sights of Coffs Harbour City councillors at tonight's council meeting.
Three items on the agenda relate specifically to that town.
The relocation of Woolgoolga's Marine Rescue service to Arrawarra Headland is of most immediate importance.
If the councillors approve the relocation, it will involve bout $150,000 worth of renovations and additions to the Arrawarra Headland Research Station, currently managed by the University of New England.
This would enable Woolgoolga Marine Rescue to operate from Arrawarra and the university to continue to use the coastal facility.
It would also enable the Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club to build a new clubhouse on the current Marine Rescue site on Woolgoolga Beach Reserve.
But of most long-term importance is the Woolgoolga floodplain risk management study and plan, which is planned to go on exhibition for public comment following this week's meeting.
Parts of Woolgoolga's town centre and some residential areas are affected by flooding.
The study raises doubts about the long-term viability of the low-lying Sunset Caravan Park due to concerns about flooding and urges action to be taken about creating flood-free access to the park to evacuate residents in the event of a flood.
Creating a permanently open entrance to Woolgoolga Lake and building levees to protect Haines Close and Sunset Caravan Park are among other options explored in the study.
The study, which also identifies inundation of Woolgoolga with future sea level rise, notes that levees would be costly, would involve "a substantial change to the foreshore landscape" and would probably involve property acquisition.
Use of an existing wetland at the eastern end of Trafalgar St for a flood retention basin was among less costly measures favoured, as was a flood warning system, in spite of the relatively short warning periods which could be given.
The use of social media to enhance other warnings systems was recommended for Woolgoolga.
Also on tonight's agenda is the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Trust interim trading update.
This shows that in spite of more than half a million dollars worth of capital works and refurbishment, both Woolgoolga Beach and Woolgoolga Lakeside caravan parks traded respectably, with Lakeside bucking a trend for reduced holiday park visitation across the North Coast in the previous 12 months and both showing a trend towards longer stays.