Wooli residents to have their say
WOOLI residents concerned about a draft plan to retreat from the foreshore area have been assured that any alternative suggestions they have to offer will be taken into account.
Clarence Valley Council acting manager of strategic planning, Scott Lenton, said that as part of the process of determining the best way to deal with the threat of ocean encroachment on homes along the Wooli foreshore, an options paper was prepared.
Although not all those options were included in the draft plan of management, they were still available.
He said an existing plan of management for the foreshore had been developed by the former Ulmarra Shire Council and it was necessary to review plans of that nature about every 10 years.
“The current process is to have the hazards reviewed,” he said.
“We went through the options and some were ruled out.
“That got chiselled down to a list that would get further consideration.”
Mayor Richie Williamson said he had heard of some concern from homeowners that council would take their properties.
“That won't be happening,” he said.
Mr Lenton encouraged people with any comment to make about the draft to put their thoughts in writing.
He said there were some people who believed the council would not take their submissions into account.
“If people put in a submission it will be considered, but if they don't we have nothing to consider,” he said.
Mr Lenton said the closing date for submissions had been put back to October 22 in response to community requests.