Welcome to the WoolgoolgaWOW website.
Woolgoolga is poised to become a major town serving the region. Now the Pacific Highway bypass has opened, it will allow the town to become more of a destination and to forge a new direction. Council wants to work with the community to retain Woolgoolga’s seaside charm, whilst transitioning it to be a more vibrant place to live, work and play.
Coffs Harbour City Council has commenced the preparation of a new Town Centre Masterplan for Woolgoolga. This will be an update of the Woolgoolga Town Centre Study which was prepared nearly 20 years ago.
Council received several requests during 2014 for the integration of the Beach Street interface of the draft Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan and draft Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Plan of Management (PoM) projects. The draft Woolgoolga PoM has been on public exhibition and community comments have been reviewed but are not yet reported to Council. Whilst the two projects have differing statutory requirements and need to remain as two separate final documents, it was recognised that the two Plans should work in harmony to provide beneficial outcomes to the Woolgoolga community.
On this basis, Council engaged consultants to undertake an independent peer Design Review and Traffic and Parking Assessment to test overall design principles and findings of both draft projects, centred on the Beach/Wharf Street interface. This work was completed in August 2015. View the Design Review here.
A recommendation of the Design Review was to relocate the access to the Woolgoolga Beach Holiday Park from Beach Street to Wharf Street. In response to this recommendation, Council resolved to undertake community consultation to obtain feedback on the new entrance proposal. The findings of this consultation were presented to Council at its Ordinary Meeting 14 April 2016 and can be viewed here.
Council subsequently resolved to undertaken further investigation into an alternative concept proposal for a left hand entry only into the Holiday Park on Wharf Street comprising a turning bay on Wharf Street and left hand exit from the Holiday Park on Beach Street. At its Ordinary Meeting 28 April 2016, Council further resolved to investigate another alternative concept proposal for a left hand entry and exit for the Holiday Park on Wharf Street comprising a turning bay on Wharf Street.
Based on the findings of this further investigation, Council at its Ordinary Meeting of 9 June 2016 resolved to endorse the relocation of the entrance to the Woolgoolga Beach Holiday Park from its current location in Beach Street to Wharf Street with a turning bay and additional parking on Wharf Street including kerb and guttering.
Council also resolved at this meeting to request the Corporate Manager of the Coffs Coast State Park Trust to revise and update the draft Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Plan of Management incorporating the relocated entry to the Woolgoolga Beach Holiday Park and to report back to Council with submissions made during the exhibition of the draft Plan of Management.
Council further resolved to finalise the preliminary draft Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan incorporating the relocated entry (including turning bay and additional parking on Wharf Street) and to report back to Council seeking endorsement for its exhibition.
A copy of the Council Report and Resolution underpinning this decision is available on Council’s website www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au under Council Minutes and Agendas (see 9 June Agenda).
It is anticipated that the updated Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Plan of Management will be reported back to Council in late July early August. The preliminary draft Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan is currently being finalised in accordance with the above resolution. It is anticipated that a draft Plan will be placed on public exhibition in the coming months.
An overview of all consultation in the 2014 Phase 1 of the Masterplan can be viewed here.
The information available on this website aims to provide you with as much detail as possible to keep you informed and to allow you to have your say on development of the Masterplan.
For further information you can email Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring direct to Council’s Local Planning section on 66484605.