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Wooli's new erosion plan gets 6/10 score from residents

BETTER PROCESS: Wooli.
BETTER PROCESS: Wooli.

CLARENCE Valley Council's backflip on its original plan to deal with rising sea levels at Wooli has won a six out of 10 score from residents.

The vice-president of the Coastal Communities Protection Alliance (CCPA) - Wooli, Peter Dunn, said if the 2010 version of the Wooli Beach Draft Coastal Zone Management Plan was a zero, then the latest revision scored a six.

Mr Dunn said the there were a couple of reasons the organisation gave the current plan a conditional tick of approval.

"The whole process this time has been much more transparent and there are seven or eight major points where the 2015 version is a big improvement," he said.

"That said it is a six out of 10, which means there is plenty of room for improvement. There are quite a few missed opportunities in this document."

Mr Dunn said the CCPA's main gripe was the future risk management of the village.

"It manages the risk out to 85 years with a 5% risk that something might happen," he said.

"They don't acknowledge there's a 95% chance nothing might happen.

"They wouldn't do it for the Gold Coast and these are small, domestic properties that will mostly be torn down in 40 to 50 years."

The council's environment, planning and community director Des Schroder said submissions on the draft coastal zone management plan for Wooli would close at 4pm on Thursday and council did not generally comment until the submission period ended.

"At this stage about all I can say is we've received about 40 submissions and they generally sound more supportive than the comments we received when we exhibited the last draft in 2010," he said.

"An interim report will be published in the council's committee papers on Friday and a more comprehensive report for the full council meeting two weeks after that.

"The time line on this has been fairly tight because the minister (environment minister, Mark Speakman) wants a draft report by the end of June.

"That meant we had to get it to the council meeting this month."

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