BOB Stack climbed the many steps to the top of Wooli's 40m water tower last week - but not to admire the view of the beach.
Mr Stack, accompanied by Clarence Valley Council operations engineer Frank Vaarwerk, was up the tower as part of research to help protect Wooli beach from coastal erosion.
They were inspecting the tower to assess the viability of installing three cameras to capture wave and sand movements, from Wilsons Headland to the Wooli breakwater, over the next several years.
Since the council presented its draft coastal zone management plan for Wooli, the Coastal Communities Protection Alliance has been working to have the "planned retreat" proposal contained in the draft replaced by a beach-protection strategy based on thorough research.
"The small amount of detailed data currently available on Wooli beach processes doesn't justify planned retreat for the village," said alliance vice-president Peter Dunn.