Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community and Culture

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STILL entries now open

Still: National Still Life Award

Entries for the 2019 award have now opened...

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Swim Between The Flags

Swim Between The Flags

Stay safe at the beach this summer by swimming between the red and yellow flags at patrolled beaches...

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Build the Best Bypass

Build the Best Bypass

Coffs Harbour City Council is committed to doing everything we can to ensure the best bypass is built to meet the needs of our community...

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STILL 2019

Go MAD – and Make a Difference

Local schools and childcare centres are being encouraged to apply for a MAD Green Grant to help them ‘Make a Difference’ to the environment...

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Coffs Harbour Boast Ramp

Andrew Fraser ‘Ignorant of Facts’ over Boat Ramp Claims

Repeated claims by retiring State Member Andrew Fraser that Coffs Harbour City Council diverted funds intended for improvements at the boat ramp in order to fund roadworks along Jordan Esplanade are completely incorrect...

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Arcitect Appointed

Architect from Coffs Selected for Cultural Space Design

Architectural firm BVN have won the contract to design Coffs Harbour’s new Cultural and Civic Space in the CBD....

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community and Culture

​The traditional owners 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 streches 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 2011 was approximately 2,800.

Cultural Celebrations:


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