Through the Environmental Levy, Coffs Harbour City Council, has part funded a number of studies undertaken by Southern Cross University to look at the impact that Intensive Plant Agriculture, such as blueberries, is having on our waterways.
The studies include:
The 2018/19 round of the Environmental Levy has also funded two more projects:
- Investigating soil chemistry on intensive horticulture sites and in association with dam sediments.
- Improving water quality downstream of blueberry farms.
Council is continuing to work with industry bodies, other levels of government and Southern Cross University to reduce impacts on our waterways from Intensive Plant Agriculture.
Another report of interest relates to sediments in Coffs Creek titled:
Mangrove sediments reveal records of development during the previous century (Coffs Creek Estuary, Australia) 2017.
Want to report an issue? The below table provides details on the appropriate regulatory authority.
Environment Line (24 hours) EPA and OEH
- Vegetation clearing
- Wildlife concerns
- Pesticide use
- Spray drift
Coffs Harbour City Council
02 6648 4000
- Pollution - water, land, noise, air
- Burning of waste or offensive burning
- Failing septic systems
- Vegetation clearing along waterways or in environmental protection zones
- Unauthorised uses
- Unauthorised building or construction
Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR)
1800 633 362
- Water access permits
- Dams, off creek pumping, bores
Rural Fire Service (Coffs Harbour region)
02 6651 6133
- Uncontrolled burning
- Fire Permits
- Call 000 in an emergency
If you are unsure who to contact, contact Coffs Harbour City Council for assistance on 02 6648 4000 or email us.