Woopi town plan needs input
JOHN Arkan has called on his fellow councillors to visit the Northern Beaches to address concerns over the proposed Woolgoolga Town Centre Master Plan.
At May 12's Coffs Harbour City Council meeting, Cr Arkan requested councillors travel to Woolgoolga to speak with residents about the plan, including entry and exit points to Woolgoolga Beach Holiday Park.
Cr Nan Cowling was in support of the move, but noted just two councillors - herself and Cr Bob Palmer - took up the opportunity to travel to Woolgoolga the last time a bus was arranged.
Cr Arkan said community consultation was vital.
"Councillors have to look at the whole proposal and drive around the area to see how it works because if we get it wrong it's putting at jeopardy all of the businesses on Wharf St," Cr Arkan said.
Mayor Denise Knight took Cr Arkan's request on notice, but later told The Advocate she believed many councillors had made separate visits to Woolgoolga to speak with residents.
"Most of the councillors have been up there, and residents have also spoken to me over the phone to discuss the plans," she said.
Cr Knight also discussed the plan with Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce president Charlie Nalder at a meeting last Wednesday.
It followed an executive meeting by the chamber on May 10 where members voted to support Option 2 of the master plan which has traffic access to the caravan park on Wharf St.
It was favoured over Option 1 which has traffic entry split between Wharf and Beach Sts.
The second option also has the support of the Woolgoolga Surf Club and residents association.
Chamber secretary Lisa Meredith said she supported Cr Arkan's call for councillors to visit the area.
"Councillors who haven't come to Woolgoolga haven't seen what the proposals would mean on the ground," she said.
"It would be good for them to see what they're voting on."
Public submissions on the plan closed on Sunday.