We feel like a political football that's been kicked to the kerb.
Tidal Pool for Port Macquarie driving force Kathryn Butler says the implications of the May 16 Port Macquarie-Hastings Council meeting are still being felt by the group.
Council decided, instead, to seek advice from Crown Lands as to the Crown’s position regarding the construction of new ocean tidal pools and what information the Crown would require in order to be able to consider giving land owner’s consent to such a proposal being lodged.
That decision has confused the tidal pool group.
Ms Butler says the committee will re-group and seek clarification from Mrs Williams.
"Cr Turner keeps telling us to go around council, and to approach the state government direct on this matter," she said.
Cr Turner keeps telling us to go around council, and to approach the state government direct on this matter.Kathryn Butler
"But the state government is telling us that we need council support.
"We have correspondence from both our state and federal representatives telling us that requests for funding has to come from the council."
Ms Butler said that while both those levels of government are supportive, it appears council support is also required.
"As a group, we are really confused," she said.
Ms Butler reiterated that the group was not asking for any funding from council but was asking for support in writing to the state government.
She said it was difficult discussing a future path or even a site for the project until the feasability study was done.
"This is a very sad outcome for the community who has to wear the brunt of this decision," she added.
Ms Butler said the group has written to Mrs Williams seeking clarification over the process.