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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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Water

Registration of Interest - Water

Council is calling for interested parties to register their interest in obtaining raw water or recycled water for agricultural/irrigation purposes...

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Disaster Revocery

Disaster Recovery

Council is hosting a bushfire recovery meeting on Tuesday, 28 January at 5:30pm in Nana Glen Community Hall...

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Australia Day Nominees 2020

Australia Day 2020

The winners of this year's Australia Day Awards will be revealed on Sunday, 26 Jan at the Botanic Garden at 9am. Meet the Nominees…

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Turtle warning

Nesting Turtles Plea for Care

Plea to public to avoid disturbing turtle nests and rare birds on local beaches by keeping dogs and vehicles away...

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New Beach Patrols

New Beach Patrols for Summer

Jetty Beach will have a trial beach patrol service by Council’s Lifeguards this summer as part of a series of innovations...

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Bonville Pine Creek

Bonville Creek

The Bonville Pine Creek estuary is situated south of Sawtell, about 9 kilometres south of Coffs Harbour.  The estuary drains a catchment area approximately 115 km2 and opens to the ocean at the south of Sawtell Headland.  The entrance is shallow and untrained, but generally remains open.

The Bonville Pine Creek system includes two large creeks, Bonville Creek and Pine Creek, which join approximately 2km upstream, and the smaller Middle Creek which runs through Sawtell and Toormina, and joins near the estuary mouth.  Much of the catchment of Bonville and Pine creeks is undeveloped with the lower reaches of the creek sitting within Bongil Bongil National Park.  Middle Creek however flows through the business and industrial districts of Sawtell and Toormina.

It is assumed that due to the rich and varied resource base of the lower estuary, the coastal lands were home to a large pre-settlement aboriginal population, with Bongil Bongil literally translating to a place where people stay a long time.  The estuary has a large amount of aboriginal heritage items including sacred sites, middens and open camps, and is an important place for aboriginal heritage.

Bonville Pine Creek Estuary Processes Study Part 1 (6.44MB) 
Bonville Pine Creek Estuary Processes Study Part 2 (7.55MB)

Council is currently preparing a Coastal Management Program for the Bonville Pine System which will be exhibited towards the end of 2018.