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Online DAs only from January 1

The NSW Government has mandated that all Development Applications lodged with us must be through the NSW Online Planning Portal from 1 January 2021 ...

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Energy Advice Service

Council has partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation to provide you with independent energy advice...

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Council has a Disaster Dashboard to help you prepare for, cope and recover from any local emergency...

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Council Recognised in Major State Awards

Council’s people-centred approach to helping the community recover from the 2019 bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic saw us reach the finals of the 2021 NSW Local Government Excellence Awards...

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Council Powering Ahead with Energy Goals

Switching to electric vehicles using renewable power and expanding our rollout of solar power are among the proposals that will help us reach our renewable energy and emissions reductions goals for 2030...

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STILL: National Still Life Award 2021 Finalists Announced

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery has unveiled its shortlist of finalists from a record number of entries by artists across Australia, all vying for the $30,000 prize, Still: National Still Life Award 2021...

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Sustainable Coffs

Sustainable Living in Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour City Council is committed to supporting the community to live lightly and care for our natural environment. The Sustainable Living program delivers a free program of events, workshops, campaigns and nature based tours. The Coffs Harbour Community Recycling Centre also offers free recycling and disposal of problem household waste. To find out how you can get involved in sustainability initiatives in our community follow or subscribe to Our Living Coast and stay connected to the latest news, events and ideas for Sustainable Living.

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability has a number of definitions and the terms including  sustainable development and ecologically sustainable development which are used interchangeably.

Sustainability is essentially about enjoying a high quality of life within our fair share of the earth’s resources, or more simply - enough for everyone, for ever.

Council's Sustainability Policy defines sustainability as being "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

This is the definition that is most widely accepted throughout the world and comes from the World Commission on Environment and Development.

Australia uses the term 'ecologically sustainable development' (ESD) which is defined in the 1992 National Strategy for ESD as: Development that improves the total quality of life, both now and in the future, in a way that maintains the ecological processes on which life depends.

What are the principles of sustainability?

Council is committed to focusing it's sustainability efforts in the following key areas, based on the ten principles of One Plane​t Living​:

​Ensure buildings and activities are energy efficient and deliver all energy with renewable technologies.

​Reduce waste by avoidance, reuse and recycling, maximising diversion of waste from landfill.

Reduce the need to travel, and encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions.

​Use sustainable and healthy products, such as those with low embodied energy, locally sourced, and made from renewable or recycled resources.

Support sustainable and humane farming, promoting access to healthy, low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste.

​Use water efficiently in all buildings and operations. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding, drought and water course pollution.

Protect and restore biodiversity and natural habitats through appropriate land use management and planning.

​Respect and revive local identity, wisdom and culture; encouraging the involvement of people in shaping their community and creating a new culture of sustainability.

​Create bioregional economies that support equity and diverse local employment and international fair trade.

​Encourage active, sociable and meaningful lives to promote good health and wellbeing.​