What is the Coastal Communities Protection Alliance (CCPA)-Wooli?
CCPA-Wooli is a group of residents and ratepayers who want Clarence Valley Council (CVC) to protect and preserve Wooli community and environment currently under threat from climate change and beach erosion. In their recent Local Environment Plan (LEP), CVC takes no responsibility for action to prevent the dune being breached or for beach reconstruction. They have proposed instead a policy of â€œplanned retreatâ€ for affected areas of Wooli.
Who would be affected?
All of Wooli, both north and south, would be affected by CVC ‘s policy as population, land values, homes, businesses, services and tourist revenue from the southern end of Wooli would be a loss to the whole community.
Why â€œCoastal Communitiesâ€?
Communities up and down the NSW coast are being affected by the government ‘s policies on climate change. As a small village, we would have limited influence as an alliance, we would have a louder voice and more likelihood of influencing these policies. We want to join with these communities to work with councils and government to come up with solutions to the problem.
What have we done so far?
As a result of our articles in local newspapers and our discussions with CVC councillors, council has deferred their decision from mid December 2010 to early 2011 possibly the beginning of February. This gives us time to prepare our case and to convince council to say NO to the LEP.
Why all this activity?
These days a well-planned campaign which looks at many different aspects and involves a large number of people is required to convince councils and government to change their direction.
What ‘s our plan?
We want to work with council to develop ways to stabilise and regenerate the dunes and protect the beach. We also want to convince council to change their attitude to Wooli they seem to want to wash their hands of us. We want them to work with us to support our community, not abandon it.
How can you help?
As a small community, we rely on each other to make our community work. We need your support if this campaign is to succeed. You can complete the surveys we ‘ll send round from time to time, support our events and come to the meeting on 28th November at 9.00 am. You can talk to your friends, family and neighbours about why it ‘s vital to protect Wooli. Someone from CCPA may come to your door and ask you to sign our petition .
You can also:
- Join our art group contact Leone or Yvonne
- Help set up the historical group contact Margy
- Help with our fund-raising activities we ‘ll let you know about these
- Think of an event to promote awareness of Wooli contact Margy
- Join a CCPA-Wooli team talk to Bruce
Please support our efforts the whole of Wooli, not just south Wooli, is affected by this.
Where can I find out more?
www.protectwooli.com.au has loads of info and contact details if you want to get more involved. You can talk to Bruce at the Post Office or contact Margy.
If you would like help with transport to the meeting on the 28th in the hall at 9.00am, contact Ian at the pub. Ian is also kindly putting on a sausage sizzle at the lunch break and there will be raffles with great prizes.