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Easter Opening Hours

Easter and ANZAC Day Closures

Find out when our facilities will be open over the Easter and ANZAC Day period...

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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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Swim Between The Flags

Swim Between The Flags

Stay safe at the beach these school holidays by swimming between the red and yellow flags at patrolled beaches...

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Australia’s Remotest Regions Come to Coffs

Artworks from Indigenous artists working in some of the remotest parts of this vast continent will be on show in the ‘Clay Stories’ exhibition at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery from Friday, May 10...

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Ayshire Park

Draft Ayrshire Park Masterplan Consultation Kicks Off

A draft Masterplan for Ayrshire Park in Middle Boambee that aims to encourage more sporting use, create a more attractive parkland space and enhance the natural environment will be out for comment from April 16...

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Coffs Coast

Simplicity and Sophistication at Heart of New Marketing Campaign

A new TV ad campaign that highlights the stunning natural landscapes of the Coffs Coast alongside the attractions of the area as a stylish, growing regional centre...

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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.