An updated Draft Plan of
Management for the southern section of Woolgoolga Beach Reserve is to be sent
to the State Government requesting that it is adopted so that work on the
improvements and upgrades it contains can begin.
“This updated Draft Plan is the
result of exhaustive community consultation with the residents and businesses
in Woolgoolga over three years,” said Coffs
Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.
“Ultimately, the aim is to help
grow the social and economic fabric of the town through improvements to the
popular reserve. Along the way, it’s been really encouraging to see the scale
of debate as it shows how passionate locals are about Woolgoolga and its
One of the issues highlighted by
the work in developing the updated Draft Plan was the proposed relocation of
Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club from its old building, which no longer meets safety and operational requirements and is
at risk from coastal erosion, to the current Woolgoolga Marine Rescue site
within the reserve.
Council, in its capacity as Corporate Manager of the Coffs Coast State
Park Trust, was able to help facilitate the move by working with the NSW
Government and the University of New England in order to secure a new location
for Marine Rescue at Arrawarra
Headland Research Station. These plans are currently in progress as they are
not tied into the adoption of the updated Draft Plan by the State Government.
During the consultation, the
community suggested that the Draft Plan of Management (DPoM) and the Draft Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan
were looked at in tandem as both overlapped in the Beach and Wharf Street
areas. This was done and a Peer Design Review was undertaken by an independent
One of the key issues identified
by the Peer Design Review was the need to move the entrance of Woolgoolga Beach
Holiday Park from Beach Street to Wharf Street. This was based on benefits for
the Woolgoolga town centre, such as improved access for pedestrians and the
ability to bring the beach visually closer to the town centre, plus reduced
traffic impacts, removal of an intersection from Beach Street, increased
parking and less queuing along Beach Street and a safer entry and exit from the Holiday Park.
“The updated DPoM for the southern section of Woolgoolga
Beach Reserve has been a long time in development as a result of ongoing
consultation and refinement, including the Peer Design Review, and the updated
plan very much reflects the community’s input,” said Jason Bailey, Manager
Holiday Parks and Reserves.
“The concepts within the updated plan create the basis for
the future development of the community open space and the Holiday Park. But consultation
will continue in the development of the detailed design for improvements to the
beach reserve, so the community will still be able to contribute.”