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Water Main Flushing

Water Mains Flushing

A major water mainsflushing program will be carried out on the water mains in certain locations over the coming weeks...

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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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Place Score

Place Score - How does your place rate?

Coffs Harbour City Council is seeking community opinion about what makes our places and precincts unique...

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EL Funding

Second Round of EL Funds Allocated

More than $131,600 in Environmental Levy (EL) grants has been given to nine local organisations in the final round of this year’s EL programme...

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Jetty4Shores Project Wins Top Excellence Award

The NSW Minister for Local Government’s 2018 Award for Innovation in Local Government Engineering has been won by Coffs Harbour’s Jetty4Shores Project...

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No Progress on Joint Organisation Request

Despite making numerous representations to local State Members, the Minister for Local Government and the Deputy Premier of NSW, Coffs Harbour, Nambucca Shire and Clarence Valley councils...

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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.


  • 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.