Aboriginal Culture

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COVID-19

You can find information on current changes to our programs, services and facilities, necessitated by precautions introduced in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic here...

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Our Customer Service Centre is temporarily closed however you can still use a range of our online services...

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Bushfire Recovery Portal

Council have created the bushfire recovery portal to ensure that the recovery process is as simple and clear as possible...

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Help Shape The Future of Our Region

A draft strategy that will help shape the way Council manages the planning opportunities created by the community’s changing needs over the next 20 years is now out for public comment...

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Woolgoolga

Coronavirus – Coffs Locals Thanked for Cooperation

To help minimise the spread of Coronavirus, local playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor exercise equipment is being made off limits, and there are changes to Lifeguard Services....

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Business Support

Local Business Support Plan Announced

A support package to help alleviate the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on local businesses and the community was put forward by Coffs Harbour Mayor...

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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.