The Coffs Harbour Local Government Area covers more than 60 kilometres of coastline from Bundagen in the south to Station Creek in the north. Waterways along this coastline are all short catchments. The coastal catchments, from Bundageree Creek to Station Creek, begin at the coastal range of hills in the west. The upper parts of each catchment have steep, dramatic topography, flattening out as the creeks become estuaries and then flow to the ocean. The most distinctive features of these coastal catchments are the estuaries and lagoons, with impressive headlands and many beaches.
Climate in Coffs Harbour is a very important consideration, since rainfall is high and variable, and surface runoff is nearly double the average for coastal NSW. Risk of soil erosion is high, and broad lower floodplains are an important part of the natural drainage system.
The Coastal Dune Management manual is a comprehensive guide to coastal dune rehabilitation and protection. It includes information on protection and rehabilitation techniques (including fencing, accessways, viewing platforms, signage, weed management and revegetation techniques), methods for developing management and rehabilitation plans and an overview of natural and land use processes that affect the dune systems.
The purpose of this booklet is to help you understand your legal rights and obligations as a member of a coastal community and assist you in being an informed and active participant in planning and environmental decisions.