Community urged to attend Old Bar forums

OLD Bar Beach Sand Replenishment Group is urging community members to attend next week's two community forums at Old Bar.

The two sessions have been organised by Greater Taree City Council and will be happening on Tuesday, April 8 at 2pm and 6pm at Club Old Bar.

Council's preferred option of a rock sea wall will protect the homes and other infrastructure as the stages are built and it is estimated that it will cost about $59 million.

However council staff admitted that it was highly likely that the sea wall would result in the loss of the beach, instead becoming deep sea frontage.

Old Bar Beach Sand Replenishment Group have been campaigning for an artificial reef to be installed off Old Bar.

"Can we afford the high price of losing our best asset," a spokeswoman for the group recently asked.

"There is a lot at stake here, this will affect buisenesses and home owners too. Old Bar has nothing to offer if we lose our beach, it's the draw card that brings new residents and tourists."

The group believes that their preferred option of two off shore reefs will bring back the sand to the beach, replenish the fish stocks and create new marine communities as well as protecting the buildings.

They estimate it will cost about $10million and take six months to build.

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