A WOOLI organisation is asking why Clarence Valley Council has not used its award-winning environmental planning techniques in Wooli.
Coastal Communities Protection Alliance – Wooli has expressed disappointment that despite council winning a raft of environmental awards recently, it appeared to be ignoring the plight of Wooli.
Peter Dunn from Coastal Communities Protection Alliance – Wooli said if council applied the same progressive attitude to Wooli as it did to other projects, it would result in a big win for the town.
“According to council’s own publicity, the (Clarence Floodplain Project) pioneered new ground in floodplain management,” he said.
“This is obviously a council with impressive planning and implementation capabilities, but these glowing reports are a dismal contrast to both the content and process employed in the recently-released Draft Coastal Zone Management Plan for Wooli.
“To propose ‘planned retreat’ as the only option for a community threatened by coastal erosion doesn’t reflect the thorough, consultative, best-practice approach that has led to these awards.
“CCPA-Wooli is asking council to reject the draft plan to manage Wooli’s coastal erosion problems by abandonment of the village and use their obvious ability to address challenging environmental issues in close collaboration with the Wooli community.”