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Bushfire Recovery Portal

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Bushfire Recovery

Help Shape The Future of Our Region

A draft strategy that will help shape the way Council manages the planning opportunities created by the community’s changing needs over the next 20 years is now out for public comment...

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Woolgoolga

Coronavirus – Coffs Locals Thanked for Cooperation

To help minimise the spread of Coronavirus, local playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor exercise equipment is being made off limits, and there are changes to Lifeguard Services....

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Business Support

Local Business Support Plan Announced

A support package to help alleviate the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on local businesses and the community was put forward by Coffs Harbour Mayor...

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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)