Finding solutions for Wooli

A WOOLI action group is continuing its fight against Clarence Valley Council’s draft plan for the coastal community, and it’s getting some high-profile people involved.

The Coastal Communities Protection Alliance – Wooli is holding a ‘solutions’ workshop at Wooli today.

The workshop – Planning for Success, Not Retreat – will be held at the Wooli Hotel from 2pm and will include a number of specially invited guests.

On the guest list is NSW shadow minister for climate change and environmental sustainability, Catherine Cusack, and member for Clarence Steve Cansdell.

Joining the politicians will be Dr Shaw Mead, from international marine engineering consultancy ASR.

Professor Roger Tomlinson, from Griffith University’s coastal management unit, will also be addressing the meeting.

CCPA – Wooli was formed in October after the release of Clarence Valley Council’s draft coastal zone management plan for Wooli.

CCPA spokesperson Kristin Stubbins said the plan proposed a retreat from Wooli village as the preferred response to potential severe climatic events and subsequent coastal erosion.

“We want to convince council and government that both the evaluation processes and the research undertaken to date are not sufficient to support a proposal of planned retreat,” Ms Stubbins said.

“CCPA has never accepted planned retreat as the only option.

“We have assembled some impressive experts whose experience will be invaluable in helping us identify better solutions to Wooli’s challenges.”

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