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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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Flying foxes

Coffs Harbour is home to three permanent flying-fox camps with the Woolgoolga Lake Camp and Barcoo Court Camp at Toormina both listed as nationally important sites for the species. There is also a camp at Coffs Creek, as well as other temporary camps that occur sporadically.

Flying-foxes play an important role in pollination and seed dispersal and are protected in NSW under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. The grey-headed flying-fox is also protected under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. However, loss of feeding areas and roosting habitat means that flying-fox camps are appearing more frequently in urban centres, creating conflict with residents who are concerned about possible health issues, noise and odour.

The Council has worked closely with residents for many years to develop strategies for people to exist peacefully with this threatened species.  The Coffs Harbour Flying Fox Camps Strategic Management Plan includes both long-term and short-term strategies for the management of flying-fox camps.

Australian bats are known to carry the lyssavirus. Catching this or any other viruses from bats is extremely unlikely  as they can only be passed on by untreated bites or scratches from an infected bat. Further information about the virus and how to protect yourself can be found on the NSW Health Links website.

Flying-foxes taking fruit from trees can also be an issue, information on wildlife friendly netting is available online.

More information about living with flying-foxes can be found on the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website. Information on this site includes odour and noise, disease risks, what to do if you are bitten or scratched by a flying-fox, what to do if you find a dead, injured or sick flying fox, and other information regarding living with flying-foxes.