13 August 2015 Council to Further Assist Marine Rescue Move

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Coffs Harbour City Council is to ask the State Government’s Crown Lands division to appoint it as the corporate manager of the Arrawarra Headland Research Station Trust so that it can help facilitate the relocation of Woolgoolga Marine Rescue from Woolgoolga Beach Reserve to the site.

Council, as Corporate Manager of the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Trust, has been working with Marine Rescue Woolgoolga (MRW) and Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club (WSLSC) to secure new sites for each organization.

The Surf Club building no longer meets safety and operational requirements and the Trust has been helping the club find an alternate location within Woolgoolga Beach Reserve.

The Marine Rescue organisation has said it is willing to vacate their current facility at Woolgoolga Beach and allow the SLSC to move in, so long as they are provided with an alternate location - at no cost to their organisation - at Arrawarra Headland.

A suitable location for Marine Rescue has been found at the Arrawarra Headland Research Station, which is a Crown Reserve currently under Corporate Management by the University of New England (UNE). UNE has agreed in principle to a shared use arrangement with MRW and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is currently being drafted for the shared use arrangement.

Discussions between Council and Crown Lands have concluded that the most appropriate land tenure arrangement would be for UNE to relinquish Corporate Management of the Arrawarra Headland Research Station Trust and for Council to request appointment instead as Corporate Manager of the Trust.  

The Arrawarra Headland Research Station Trust would then be transferred into the Coffs Coast State Park Trust (CCSPT). The CCSPT would then issue a 10 year license to UNE for ongoing use of the site for educational purposes.

The Crown would also issue Marine Rescue NSW with a license over the reserve as part of a state-wide Marine Rescue agreement.