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Build the Best Bypass

Build the Best Bypass

Council, on behalf of the community thanks our State and Federal Governments for supporting our request to use tunnels...

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Cultural Civic Space

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Local Artists Shine in the City Heart

Artworks by 35 local artists from Byron Bay to Port Macquarie that entered this year’s nationally significant Still: National Still Life Award will go on display in a special exhibition...

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Lifeguard Strategy

Future Lifeguard Strategy Out for Public Comment

Changes in our local population and the reasons people visit beaches, plus innovations in lifesaving technology are captured in a Draft Lifeguard Service Strategic Plan...

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Solar

Switching on to Solar

Work has begun on the first sites chosen for Council’s major solar energy push to help reach its target of using 100% renewable energy as an organisation by 2030...

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Coffs Creek

Coffs Creek

Coffs Creek Coastal Zone Management Plan

Council at its meeting of the 14th of May 2015 adopted the Coffs Creek Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan.

Coffs Creek Coastal Zone Management Plan (7MB)

Reports prepared for the Coastal Zone Management Plan

Coffs Creek Scoping Exercise Report (2.6MB)

Coffs Creek Literature and Information Review (3.9MB)

Coffs Creek Community Uses Assessment (5.7MB)

Coffs Creek Estuary Condition Study (10.5MB)​


Coffs Creek estuary is a wave-dominated barrier estuary and is semi-mature. The estuary is surrounded by estuarine wetlands, urban and open space areas.

The upstream limit of the estuary is located at Scarba St Bridge along the main tributary. All other tributaries are located near the Pacific Highway. The lateral limits of the estuary water body are defined by saltmarsh, mangroves and subtropical coastal floodplain which are regularly or infrequently inundated. The estuary water body is approximately 0.5 square kilometres. 

The Coffs Creek catchment area covers 25 square kilometres and has an estimated population of 30,000. Dominant land uses in the estuary catchment are residential, recreational, commercial and industrial, with agriculture/horticulture in the upper catchment. The estuary foreshores are characterised by estuarine wetlands and council reserves.

Major pressures acting upon the estuary include urbanisation, stormwater and farming practices in the upper catchment. These issues are likely to be exacerbated in the future as a result of population increase, climate change impacts and projected rises in mean sea level.

Coffs Creek – Buluunggal – in Coffs Harbour continues to play an important role in the local aboriginal culture. Further details on the Aboriginal community vision for the creek are shown in the Caring for Coffs Creek – Buluunggal Poster.