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Christmas Closures

Some Council services will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period...

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Extra Yellow Bin

Extra Yellow Bin Service

Every household in Coffs Harbour with a three-bin rubbish collection service will receive...

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Swim Between The Flags

Stay safe at the beach this summer by swimming between the red and yellow flags at patrolled beaches...

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Ambassadors

New Year New Look

A whole new nature-based experience and education tour programme will debut in 2019 with paid opportunities for guides and fresh new experiences...

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Coffs Creek

Dead Trees to be removed from Creek

The State Government has given Council permission to remove dead trees and large branches currently creating a potential public hazard in Coffs Creek...

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Rural Lands

Rural Lands – Future Uses

Council is currently reviewing and updating its Local Growth Management Strategy – a key document that governs how we plan...

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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.