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Aboriginal Culture

​Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community and Culture

The traditional custodians of the Coffs Harbour region are the Gumbaynggirr people, who have occupied this land for thousands of years, forming one of the largest coastal Aboriginal Nations in New South Wales. Their Nation stretches from the Nambucca River in the south to around the Clarence River in the north and to the Great Dividing Range in the west.

Their history is a long and fascinating one, which is remembered by the people and imprinted on the very land itself.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander census population of Coffs Harbour City in 2016 was approximately 3,639.

In August 2019 Council adopted Yandaarra Shifting Camp Together - A Guide for Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and Engagement which has been developed to assist Councillors, staff and volunteers to provide a consistent and respectful approach to engaging with the Aboriginal community.

Contact Council's Aboriginal Community Planning and Engagement Specialist on 02 6648 4850 or via email.

You can find out more about the Aboriginal history of our region on the Coffs Harbour Libraries website and at the sites listed below.