14 June 2016 Have a Whale of a Time at Woopi

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14 June 2016 Have a Whale of a Time at Woopi

Work starts this week on the initial stages of the planned Whale Trail extension of the Solitary Islands Coastal Path at Woolgoolga Headland.

“Whales and Woopi have become inextricably linked in recent years with the local campaign to showcase it as a great place to whale-watch - and the new seating and viewing platforms will be a fabulous new attraction for visitors and locals,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.

The whale theme is central to the design of the seating platforms which will form a chain around the slopes of the Headland linking the current Solitary Islands Coastal Path to Woolgoolga Beach.

The Marine Ecology Research Centre Southern Cross University has provided information on individual whales that pass up and down the coastline on their regular migrations and specific names and whale markings have been included in the concrete, timber and signage. In addition, more general information on whales will be provided on information panels.

The project is being undertaken in stages and the first to be completed will be the two platforms closest to Woolgoolga Beach. Each stage consists of an accessible path to either a viewing platform or seating.

Construction is due to begin on Thursday, June 16, and is expected to be completed within a month, weather permitting. Access to the sites will be temporarily restricted during construction.

The work has been made possible through a $25,000 grant from the Australian Department of Environment and a $4,500 contribution from the Coffs Coast State Park.