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Beach Patrol

Beach Patrols

Stay safe at the beach these holidays and swim between the flags. Find a patrolled beach near you...

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LG IT Conference

LG IT Conference

Coffs Harbour City Council are organising the 21st Local Government Information Technology Conference from 28 - 30 November 2018.

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MyCoffs Connect

MyCoffs Connect

MyCoffs Connect is a new online space and app for the local community to find out what’s on, join a group, or access services...

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Library

Coffs Harbour Joins Statewide Library Funding Push

Coffs Harbour City Council has joined other local councils in a united effort across NSW to call on the State Government to double its funding to help fill a shortfall that threatens...

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Bridge

Council to Manufacture Bridge Components

In a move that would reduce the cost of installing new concrete bridges on local roads by around 10-20%, Coffs Harbour City Council is to start casting its own concrete bridge components.

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Business Offered Discounts

Businesses Offered Council Discounts

New and expanding businesses are being offered discount incentives to help grow the local Coffs Harbour economy...

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Water Safety

Coffs Harbour City Council employs a professional lifeguard team to patrol the City's most popular beaches and to promote surf safety education.

The number one golden rule for swimmers is:

Always swim between the red & yellow flags on patrolled beaches.  Remember NO FLAGS = NO SWIM.

It is important to read the Flags and Beach information Signs and understand what they mean before entering the water.

NEVER:

  • Swim alone or surf at beaches not patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers.
  • Bathe outside the red and yellow flags that mark beach swimming areas.
  • Remember NO FLAGS = NO SWIM.
  • Bathe directly after a meal or under the influence of alcohol.
  • Bathe when the beach is closed. (Observe the visual signal "Warning - Swimming not Advised)
  • Bathe when there are no red and yellow flags in position. Remember NO FLAGS = NO SWIM.
  • Panic if caught in a current or rip, raise one arm straight up, call for help and float until help arrives.
  • Struggle if seized with a cramp. Raise one arm for help, float and keep the affected part of the body still.
  • Bathe if unsure of conditions. Seek the advice of the nearest lifeguard or lifesaver. 
  • Struggle against a rip or current, but if strong enough, swim towards the white water.  Sandbanks are recognised by breaking waves, REMEMBER: White is Right, Green is Mean.