City of Coffs Harbour

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.

City of Coffs Harbour
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates30°19′S 153°07′E
 • Density62.080/km2 (160.79/sq mi)
Established1 May 1987 (1987-05-01)
Area1,175 km2 (453.7 sq mi)[3]
MayorDenise Knight (Independent)
Council seatCoffs Harbour
RegionMid North Coast
State electorate(s)Coffs Harbour
Federal Division(s)Cowper
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 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 Denise Knight, an independent politician.[4]

Towns and localities

Towns and localities in the City of Coffs Harbour are:

Heritage listings

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.[6]

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.[7] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Coffs Harbour was slightly below the national average.[6][8]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Coffs Harbour local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon 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.[6]

Selected historical census data for Coffs Harbour local government area
Census year2001[7]2006[8]2011[6]2016[1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night61,18664,91068,41372,944
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales30th
% of New South Wales population0.99%
% of Australian population0.33% 0.33% 0.32%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
top responses
(other than English)
Punjabi1.0% 1.0% 1.3%
German0.4% 0.5% 0.5%
Italian0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Dinkan/cn/c 0.2%
Frenchn/cn/c 0.2%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican28.9% 27.1% 24.5%
No Religion14.5% 18.5% 23.1%
Catholic23.2% 23.0% 22.2%
Uniting Church6.2% 5.0% 4.4%
Presbyterian and Reformed5.1% 4.6% 4.3%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$364A$469
% of Australian median income78.1%81.3%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$706A$1,097
% of Australian median income68.7%74.1%
Household incomeMedian weekly household incomeA$910A$902
% of Australian median income77.7%73.1%


Current composition and election method

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 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[9]

  Independents and Unaffiliated 8
  The Greens 1
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[9]

  Denise Knight Independent Mayor[4]
  Tegan Swann Unaligned
  Keith Rhoades Independent
  John Arkan Unaligned
  Sally Townley Greens
  Jan Strom Unaligned
  Paul Amos Independent
  Michael Adendorff Unaligned
  George Cecato Independent

Sister city

The City of Coffs Harbour has one sister city:[10]

See also


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Coffs Harbour (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  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. "NSW Electoral Commission - Local Government Elections 2016". Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  5. "High Conservation Value Old Growth forest". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01487. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Coffs Harbour (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  7. Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Coffs Harbour (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  8. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Coffs Harbour (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  9. "NSW Electoral Commission - Local Government Elections 2016". Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  10. "Sister City Sasebo". Coffs Harbour City Council. 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
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