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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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IPWEA AWARD

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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JO

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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Little Terns

Little Turn

The Little Tern (Sterna albifrons subsp sinensis) is the smallest of Australia's terns with a wingspan of only 45-55 centimetres and a total weight of 50 grammes.

It is listed as an Endangered Species under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. 

Breeding colonies are located on beaches, sand spits and sand islands near rivers, creeks and coastal lakes. Many of them located near the mouths of estuaries.  Historically, Little Terns were recorded at 70 separate breeding colonies in NSW, but today only 15 identified sites exist in NSW, including Sawtell (Bongil Bongil National Park), Hearnes Lake and Red Rock.

Little Tern nests are a simple scrape in the ground, sometimes lined with feathers and eggshells. The highly exposed hatchlings are very susceptible to predators from both introduced and native species, as well as disturbance from human activities.

Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) run a Recovery Programme that aims to protect and nurture Little Terns in the local area by protecting breeding areas, including areas at Hearnes Lake Beach and Sawtell.

In Spring, the breeding areas are fenced off and people are discouraged from entering the areas.

How you can help

The Recovery Programme relies on a volunteers for its success. If you would like to be part of this programme contact NPWS on 02 6652 0900.