The meeting on 28th November attracted almost 90 resident/property owners and visitors.
Bruce opened proceedings, followed by steering committee spokesperson Peter Dunn and some interesting comments from the floor.
Local YCoast Real Estate agent Rod reported that the only way to reverse declining values of all Wooli ‘s homes and businesses would be supporting the CCPA in their efforts to turn around the proposed planned retreat policy and start pushing for options.
Councillors Craig Howe and Jim Simmons indicated that there was a willingness from most councillors to reach a positive outcome and that they were receptive to Wooli ‘s concerns.
Luke Hartsuyker, MP for Cowper, spoke about the need for any study of this problem to be based on sound modelling principles and assured the community of his support.
Presentations by the Media and Finance teams threw up some interesting discussion points and voting papers were circulated for a favourite campaign slogan.
A tea break and sausage sizzle courtesy of Ian at the pub (who also provided a ham for the raffle and some emergency equipment for the meeting) were very welcome. Big thanks to Ian from everyone.
The Government, Engineering/Research, Social/Community and Legal teams made presentations outlining their progress, problems and plans for moving the campaign forward. Anyone interested in more detail on these contact Margy or Janet (email addresses on website).
Robert Allan, a media relations and community consultant, spoke about our need as a group to be reliable, honest and thorough in our campaign strategies. He urged us not to divide Wooli as north or south, residents or visitors, old or young, etc but to simply be the community of Wooli, with a common goal and consistent message.
There was general agreement that it was a day well spent and that we have made progress. The atmosphere was lively, interested and positive, with many good questions asked. This showed that people have been thinking and talking – greatly encouraging to CCPA-Wooli members who had worked hard to organise the meeting.
Our costs are mounting for printing, photocopying, equipment, stationery, publicity, etc. We need Wooli to get behind fund-raising efforts to keep our campaign moving along briskly. Social/Community team, headed by Leone and Margy, are handling fund-raising so if you can help or have some ideas, see them they need you NOW!!
WHAT DID YOU CHOOSE AS A SLOGAN?
After the vote, two suggestions stood out: PROTECT WOOLI and DON ‘T WAVE WOOLI GOODBYE. Several people thought WILD ABOUT WOOLI would be good for kiddie t-shirts.
We ‘ve decided to use all three. PROTECT WOOLI is more legible for car stickers. We ‘ll use PROTECT WOOLI and DON ‘T WAVE WOOLI GOODBYE on adult t ‘s and other publicity material, with the website added. WILD ABOUT WOOLI will go on tiny t ‘s.
We are working hard to produce these before Christmas. Our timing is poor – businesses are really busy now but we ‘ll do our best and will bring other items out when time and funds permit. Sales of these will help with our running costs.
WOOLI ARTISTS GATHERING
Due to increasing interest, and the need for space for working, sharing and teaching, the WAG will now meet every Monday from 10am at the back room at the Wooli Hotel. New members are very welcome (contact Leone or just turn up any time on Mondays). Members are now working towards the Easter art exhibition, which is now proosed to have a craft market attached.
WOOLI HISTORY GROUP
With enomous enthusiasm, the newly formed history group has embarked on a project to collect information about families ‘ connections with Wooli. The information will be used to help write more about Wooli history. Everyone, and we mean everyone who loves Wooli, is invited to write a page about how their family is connected to Wooli. Families with very long histories are allowed 2 pages, or 6 pages if you handwrite it. We ‘d like to receive them by the middle of April 2011. Please send electronic versions to Margy Hewetson at email@example.com and paper versions to Judy Cahill c/o Wooli Post Office, NSW 2462 tel 66497099. If anyone would like a scribe to help them, or a typist, call Ruth Boyd on 66497880
We ‘re also collating more detailed histories of families by around September 2011 and hope to publish this. Families are invited to write their history and submit it to Barry.
Publications will raise funds for CCPA-Wooli.
Our next meeting is 10am February 16th in Waves Restaurant.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The campaign has many activities and needs different types of help. Here are some things that everyone can do;
- Sign our petition, complete our survey and read our newsletters. These are all on our website www.protectwooli.com.au or ask a Wooli business. Please pass these on to your workmates, friends and relatives.
- Buy our T shirts, put a bumper sticker on your car available from Wooli businesses
- Join the art group, the history group or help with beach games
- Help with fundraising
- Let us have your e-mail address, so we can send you updates
- Contact Leone or Margy about any of the above, or about other assistance you could give.
Margy firstname.lastname@example.org 66497750
Leone email@example.com 66497860