Woolgoolga Reserve Works

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Works are completed on the first stage of improvements to Woolgoolga Beach Reserve, with the construction of a new playground, new amenities, pathways, picnic tables and shelters.

The new amenities building also provides a Changing Places facility. Fencing has been installed around the playground, following community requests.

  1. Stage One improvements are in accordance with the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Masterplan.
  2. Stage Two of the reserve improvements will include new pathways, a viewing deck in the vicinity of the old surf club, showers, seating, picnic and other facilities, in accordance with the adopted Masterplan.

Improvements are in accordance with consultations undertaken to develop the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Plan Of Management 2016 and Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan 2018.

Visit our City's website to view the project Woolgoolga Beachside Reserve Masterplan Concept Design Report

Part of the project is funded by a NSW Government Everyone Can Play Grant.

Works are completed on the first stage of improvements to Woolgoolga Beach Reserve, with the construction of a new playground, new amenities, pathways, picnic tables and shelters.

The new amenities building also provides a Changing Places facility. Fencing has been installed around the playground, following community requests.

  1. Stage One improvements are in accordance with the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Masterplan.
  2. Stage Two of the reserve improvements will include new pathways, a viewing deck in the vicinity of the old surf club, showers, seating, picnic and other facilities, in accordance with the adopted Masterplan.

Improvements are in accordance with consultations undertaken to develop the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Plan Of Management 2016 and Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan 2018.

Visit our City's website to view the project Woolgoolga Beachside Reserve Masterplan Concept Design Report

Part of the project is funded by a NSW Government Everyone Can Play Grant.

Welcome to the Questions and Answers section. Staff will attempt to answer your questions at the earliest opportunity.

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    When will the boat car parking and fish cleaning table be returned as promised in the original plan and by council?

    Scott Hodgkinson asked about 2 years ago

    Dear Scott, thank you for raising the matter. Consultations have taken place with fishers, the surf club and other relevant stakeholders to identify a suitable site for a fish cleaning facility and for trailer parking. Works will be undertaken as funds become available. These projects were not part of the Stage One beach reserve works program or design.

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    The new playground does not have enough shade. You need more. There is no available parking on the street so visitors cannot park and use amenities block. Put back the small car park that was in front of old amenities block. Dog walkers have to leave their pets tied to fence outside playground to use amenities and risk them being taken as they cannot enter playground.

    Marilyn asked almost 2 years ago

    Dear Marilyn.  The designs are in accordance with extensive community consultation including: Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Plan Of Management - 2016; Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan – 2018; Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Detailed concept plan – 2018; Woolgoolga Reserve Works – 2020.

    Fencing was installed around the playground following community requests.

    Dogs should not be taken into public amenities.

    Exhibited Plans available here: https://www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/Building-and-planning/Place-plans

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    Hello can you explain why there is no change rooms in the new woolgoolga park. Families including myself and visitors have to change in the toilet after a beach shower making the floors slippery. If the toilets are engaged parents are changing children in public exposing them to danger. Why are there no change rooms ? .Why was the public amenities placed in a playground with no safeguards for children from the constant public walking through. Why are there no shades over the swings that cant be used in even warm weather. The old playground suited smaller children much better than existing . I have to wonder about the risk to children and elderly when I see what happens in this space .

    Citvoice asked about 2 years ago

    Dear Citvoice. 

    The Woolgoolga beach masterplan, available on the Council website since 2018, clearly outlines the replacement of the existing toilets, including exclusion of internal change rooms and showers.  The new facilities include ambulant, accessible, and a changing places cubicle for people with severe disabilities.  The amenities have been designed to maximise surveillance through and around the building and minimise loitering, as well as meet access standards. 

    Playground fencing was installed following community requests. 

     Summary of Community engagement for the Woolgoolga reserve to date:

    Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Plan Of Management - 2016 

    Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan – 2018 

    Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Detailed concept plan – 2018 

    Woolgoolga Reserve Works – 2020

     Exhibited Plans are available here: https://www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/Building-and-planning/Place-plans

    Stage 2 of Woolgoolga reserve development will include new paths, a viewing deck located in the vicinity of the old surf club, showers, seating, picnic and other facilities as outlined in the current Woolgoolga beach masterplan, available on the Council website. Detailed design including community engagement will be undertaken when funds to deliver the project are available.  

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    You have ignored the other side of the reserve in Hoffmier Street. It is the closest way to access the beach near the patrolled area. Drainage and sealed road with marked car spaces is urgently needed. A number of surf rescues in front of new surf club shows everyone needs better access to the safe area of the beach and this is via Hoffmier Street.

    Marilyn asked almost 2 years ago

    Dear Marilyn. Please refer to the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Plan of Management (2016) and the Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan (2018). The works now completed are for Stage One of the Beach Reserve. Stage 2 of Woolgoolga reserve development will include new paths, a viewing deck located in the vicinity of the old surf club, showers, seating, picnic and other facilities as outlined in the current Woolgoolga beach masterplan, available on the Council website. Detailed design including community engagement will be undertaken when funds to deliver the project are available.  

    Exhibited Plans available here: https://www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/Building-and-planning/Place-plans


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    When is the fantastic new kids park going to be safe for children!? A toilet block within the park, a pedophiles dream come true! Not only unfenced but completely blocks lovely park view of coastline and beach. Knock down rebuild onold toilet block site so general public,market goers can access without entering children's park. Maybe skim a couple hundred thousand off councils planned overpriced new office block!🙏

    Lisa Knox asked almost 2 years ago

    Dear Lisa. Thank you for your question and comments. The playground fencing was installed as a result of community requests for a safe play space for children and youth with disabilities. Design of the playground was undertaken in consultation with the The Disability Inclusion and Access Advisory Committee. The Committee's purpose is to provide advice and work collaboratively with Coffs Harbour City Council in the development and implementation of strategies, which aim to ensure that the City of Coffs Harbour is an inclusive and accessible city for people with a disability now and into the future.  The overall site plan for Stage One works, now completed, was developed following consultations to develop the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Plan of Management (2016), Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan (2018), Woolgoolga Beach Reserve detailed concept plan (2018). 


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    Cant find a link to the proposed upgrade of Emerald Beach. I was hoping to offer our suggestions.

    Sue & Tom Trefz asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Sue and Tom. Great to hear you're interested in the Emerald Beach Reserve concept planning consultations. A project page for this community engagement process will be launched soon, when we enter the next stage of consultations. A revised concept design is currently being refined, to be prepared for consideration by the Coffs Coast Regional Park Trust Board, which governs the Reserve. Once the draft concept has been reviewed, it will then be released for the community to consider and provide feedback through the Have Your Say page. Stay tuned.

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    Is the old toddler friendly part of the playground going to remain for little ones. As a grandmother, I found the lack of seating for parents- myself and pregnant mother who had to squat near the fence a bit disconcerting for those who had littlies. The round-a-bout should also be in the toddler section as the bigger kids love to go faster and that could be dangerous.

    Laurel Palmer asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question Laurel. The old playground will be removed. Additional seating will be placed in the Reserve as further stages are funded. The roundabout needs to be placed where it is, at a point that accessible to pathways, for those with mobility requirements. The roundabout is an accessible design, to allow equal play opportunities.


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    Hi Council The new Changing Places facility is underway. How will the disabled access to this site occur? - from Beach St? - from the Surf Club area? - from the Beach?

    raywilling asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi Ray. 

    The new restrooms are accessible from Beach and Ocean streets, with new paths connecting to existing.  Access parking will be included in existing parking bays.   

    The next stage of the reserve upgrade will include new paths and beach access in alignment with the adopted Woolgoolga beach masterplan, available on the council website. 

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    Hi Council, Are we on track to have works completed and facilities operational by Christmas?

    tony-ross asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Tony, 

    Yes the works are currently on track for completion and facilities operational by Christmas. The existing amenities and the playground will be removed following the end of the NSW school holidays; possibly from February.

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    Would council consider constructing an outdoor 'wallball' court at the beach reserve? These can be found at many beach reserves in the state and are a fantastic, zero cost outdoor activity for the community.

    ianslapp asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Ian. Thank you for the suggestion. While this is not part of the works currently funded, there will be opportunities for additional facilities as funding becomes available. Your suggestion will be forwarded to Council's Asset Strategists and Landscape Architect for consideration among future improvements.