City of Coffs Harbour

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City of Coffs Harbour
New South Wales
Coffs harbour LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates30°19′S 153°07′E / 30.317°S 153.117°E / -30.317; 153.117Coordinates: 30°19′S 153°07′E / 30.317°S 153.117°E / -30.317; 153.117
 • Density62.080/km2 (160.79/sq mi)
Established1 May 1987 (1987-05-01)
Area1,175 km2 (453.7 sq mi)[3]
MayorPaul Amos (Independent)
Council seatCoffs Harbour
RegionMid North Coast
State electorate(s)Coffs Harbour
Federal division(s)Cowper
Coffs-Harbour-City-Council Logo.jpg
WebsiteCity of Coffs Harbour
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
27 °C
81 °F
6.6 °C
44 °F
1,647.3 mm
64.9 in
LGAs around City of Coffs Harbour:
Clarence Valley Clarence Valley Tasman Sea
Clarence Valley City of Coffs Harbour Tasman Sea
Bellingen Bellingen Tasman Sea

The City of Coffs Harbour (also known as the Coffs Harbour City Council) is a local government area in the mid north coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The area under administration is 1,175 square kilometres (454 sq mi), expanded in 2004 to take in parts of the former Pristine Waters local government area.

The administrative seat is located in Coffs Harbour; and the area is adjacent to the Pacific Highway, and the North Coast railway line.

The Mayor of the City of Coffs Harbour is Paul Amos, an independent politician.[4]

Towns and localities[edit]

Towns and localities in the City of Coffs Harbour are listed below.

Coffs Harbour suburbs[edit]

Heritage listings[edit]

The City of Coffs Harbour has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


At the 2011 census, there were 68,413 people in the Coffs Harbour local government area, of these 48.5% were male and 51.5% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.1% of the population, nearly double the national average. The median age of people in the City of Coffs Harbour was 42 years; some five years higher than the national median. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 19.2% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 18.0% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 48.4% were married and 14.8% were either divorced or separated.[7]

Population growth in the City of Coffs Harbour between the 2001 Census and the 2006 census was 11.94%; and in the subsequent five years was 5.40%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Coffs Harbour local government area was higher than the national average.[8] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Coffs Harbour was slightly below the national average.[7][9]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Coffs Harbour local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Celtic exceeded 82% of all residents (national average was 65.2%). In excess of 55.4% of all residents in the City of Coffs Harbour nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was slightly above the national average of 50.2%. Meanwhile, as at the Census date, compared to the national average, households in the Coffs Harbour local government area had a lower than average proportion (6.6%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4%); and a significantly higher proportion (90.3%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%). A significant exception was that households in the Coffs Harbour local government area where Punjabi was spoken was three times the national average.[7]

Selected historical census data for Coffs Harbour local government area
Census year 2001[8] 2006[9] 2011[7] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 61,186 64,910 68,413 72,944
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 30th
% of New South Wales population 0.99%
% of Australian population 0.33% Steady 0.33% Decrease 0.32%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 31.5%
English 31.2%
Irish 9.0%
Scottish 7.7%
German 3.2%
top responses
(other than English)
Punjabi 1.0% Steady 1.0% Increase 1.3%
German 0.4% Increase 0.5% Steady 0.5%
Italian 0.4% Steady 0.4% Steady 0.4%
Dinka n/c n/c Increase 0.2%
French n/c n/c Increase 0.2%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 28.9% Decrease 27.1% Decrease 24.5%
No Religion 14.5% Increase 18.5% Increase 23.1%
Catholic 23.2% Decrease 23.0% Decrease 22.2%
Uniting Church 6.2% Decrease 5.0% Decrease 4.4%
Presbyterian and Reformed 5.1% Decrease 4.6% Decrease 4.3%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$364 A$469
% of Australian median income 78.1% 81.3%
Family income Median weekly family income A$706 A$1,097
% of Australian median income 68.7% 74.1%
Household income Median weekly household income A$902
% of Australian median income 77.7% 73.1%


Current composition and election method[edit]

Coffs Harbour City Council is composed of nine councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The mayor is directly elected while the eight other councillors are elected proportionally as one entire ward. The most recent election was held on 4 December 2021, and the makeup of the council is as follows:[4][10]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaffiliated 7
  The Greens 1
  Country Labor 1
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2021, in order of election, is:[10]

Councillor Party Notes
  Paul Amos Independent Mayor[4]
  Scott Wolgamot Independent
  George Gecato Independent
  Rodger Pryce Unaligned
  Tegan Swan Unaligned
  Tony Judge Country Labor
  Julie Sechi Independent
  Jonathan Cassell Greens
  Sally Townley Unaligned

Sister city[edit]

The city of Coffs Harbour has one sister city:[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Coffs Harbour (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Coffs Harbour City Council". NSW Department of Local Government. Archived from the original on 29 July 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "City of Coffs Harbour - Mayoral Election Results". NSW Electoral Commission. 21 December 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  5. ^ "High Conservation Value Old Growth forest". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment & Heritage. H01487. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Local Heritage Resources". Coffs Harbour Libraries. Archived from the original on 16 February 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Coffs Harbour (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 November 2012. Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Coffs Harbour (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  9. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Coffs Harbour (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  10. ^ a b "City of Coffs Harbour - Councillor Election results". NSW Electoral Commission. 23 December 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  11. ^ "Sister City Sasebo". Coffs Harbour City Council. 2012. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.