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Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July

Momentum is building all over the world to cut down on single use plastic – so why not start your own revolution in Plastic Free July 2018.

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City Square

City Square Concept Design

Coffs Harbour City Council invites input from key stakeholders and the broader community to finalise a revised concept design for City Square.

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Trading Places

Trading Places

From 1 July 2018, Coffs Harbour City Council will no longer charge local businesses fees to use footpaths for trade.

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Pop Goes Plastic

Safer Streets Success

The announcement of over $900,000 in grant funding to improve public safety in Toormina and Coffs Harbour city centre has been welcomed by Mayor Councillor Denise Knight.

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Arts Grants

Arts Bringing People Together

A Saltwater Freshwater Festival youth flash mob, a short film about growing up in a coastal town, artist exchanges between local galleries, a science festival...

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PB Area of Concern

Public Warned to Avoid Path at Popular Beach

Recent swell and natural tidal actions have moved the Coffs Creek entrance south making one of the access points to Park Beach South (North Wall Beach) currently unsafe to use.

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Hearnes Lake

Hearnes Lake

Hearnes Lake is located approximately 25 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour, just south of Woolgoolga.  The lake is an ICOLL - an Intermittently Closed and Open Lake or Lagoon, the result of a large sand berm blocking Double Crossing Creek from the ocean.  The lake catchment covers an area of almost 6.8km2 which has been largely cleared for agriculture but also includes urban and forestry land uses.  As Hearnes Lake is frequently blocked from tidal exchange with the ocean it is particularly vulnerable to a build up of nutrients and pollutants.  As a result various restrictions have been incorporated in land use zonings in the catchment, including vertical buffers restricting development around the lake margins.

Hearnes Lake Estuary Management Plan

Hearnes Lake Estuary Management Plan Section 1 (4.22MB) 
Hearnes Lake Estuary Management Plan Section 2-6 (1.01MB)
Hearnes Lake Estuary Management Plan Section 7-10 (4.95MB)
Hearnes Lake Estuary Management Plan References (1.99MB)

Hearnes Lake Estuary Processes Study

Hearnes Lake Estuary Processes Study - Section 1-3 (3.74MB)
Hearnes Lake Estuary Processes Study - Section 4 to References (1.21MB)