28 July 2016 State Government to Consider Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Plan

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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 future.”

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 consultant.

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.”​