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Grants Open

Grants Now Open

Enviornmental Levy, MAD Green Grants, Event Grants and Community Capital Infrastructure Grants are now open...

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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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City Sqaure Revitalisation

City Square will be revitalised over the coming months with works scheduled to start in March 2019...

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West Coffs Park

Work Begins on Major New Community Park

A relaxing green parkland that will offer fun for people of all ages and abilities – and their pets – has begun to take shape in West Coffs...

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Vital Strategy Needs Your Input

The first part of the draft Coffs Harbour Local Growth Management Strategy (LGMS) is going out for public comment from March 21 until May 10 2019.....

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Get that Grant

Get that Grant

Are you part of a local club, society or organisation that has a great idea to improve an existing community facility or set up a whole new project....

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Hearnes Lake

Hearnes Lake

Hearnes Lake is located approximately 25 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour, just south of Woolgoolga.  The lake is an ICOLL - an Intermittently Closed and Open Lake or Lagoon, the result of a large sand berm blocking Double Crossing Creek from the ocean.  The lake catchment covers an area of almost 6.8km2 which has been largely cleared for agriculture but also includes urban and forestry land uses.  As Hearnes Lake is frequently blocked from tidal exchange with the ocean it is particularly vulnerable to a build up of nutrients and pollutants.  As a result various restrictions have been incorporated in land use zonings in the catchment, including vertical buffers restricting development around the lake margins.

Hearnes Lake Estuary Management Plan

Hearnes Lake Estuary Management Plan Section 1 (4.22MB) 
Hearnes Lake Estuary Management Plan Section 2-6 (1.01MB)
Hearnes Lake Estuary Management Plan Section 7-10 (4.95MB)
Hearnes Lake Estuary Management Plan References (1.99MB)

Hearnes Lake Estuary Processes Study

Hearnes Lake Estuary Processes Study - Section 1-3 (3.74MB)
Hearnes Lake Estuary Processes Study - Section 4 to References (1.21MB)