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Business Incentives

Business & Development Incentives

Coffs Harbour City Council offers a range of incentive to businesses to help grow the local economy...

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NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week

Celebrate a full week of activities here on Gumbaynggirr Country including the presentation of the Grace Roberts Community Development Awards...

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Build the Best Bypass

Build the Best Bypass

Coffs Harbour City Council is committed to doing everything we can to ensure the best bypass is built to meet the needs of our community...

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Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Guide

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and Engagement Guide on Display

A Draft Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and Engagement Guide is to go out for public consultation for 28 days from June 19- July 17...

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Freedom Feast

Share Freedom and Friendship During Refugee Week 2019

Everyone is welcome is come together in this year’s Refugee Week to share a plate, a story, music and friendship through activities happening across the Coffs Harbour area...

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Elton John

Rocketman Rocking into Coffs!

Coffs Harbour – get your glitter on for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to welcome the true entertainment superstar that is Sir Elton John to C.ex Coffs International Stadium...

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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.