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Build the Best Bypass

Council, on behalf of the community thanks our State and Federal Governments for supporting our request to use tunnels...

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Middle Creek Catchment Flood Study Review

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Still Life in Art

Fourteen local artists along with 42 other entries from across Australia are in the running to win $30,000 in Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s prestigious art prize...

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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)