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City of Coffs Harbour


City of Coffs Harbour

City of Coffs Harbour
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Population 68,413 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 58.22/km2 (150.8/sq mi)
Area 1,175 km2 (453.7 sq mi)[2]
Mayor Denise Knight (Independent)
Council seat Coffs Harbour
Region Mid North Coast
State electorate(s) Coffs Harbour
Federal Division(s) Cowper
Website City 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 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 Cr. Denise Knight, an independent politician.[3]


  • Towns and localities 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Council 3
    • Current composition and election method 3.1
  • Sister city 4
  • References 5

Towns and localities

Towns and localities in the City of Coffs Harbour are:


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.[1]

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.[4] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Coffs Harbour was slightly below the national average.[1][5]

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.[1]

Selected historical census data for Coffs Harbour local government area
Census year 2001[4] 2006[5] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 61,186 64,910 68,413
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 0.99%
% of Australian population 0.33%  0.33%  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%  1.0%  1.3%
German 0.4%  0.5%  0.5%
Italian 0.4%  0.4%  0.4%
Dinka n/c n/c  0.2%
French n/c n/c  0.2%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 28.9%  27.1%  24.5%
No Religion 14.5%  18.5%  23.1%
Catholic 23.2%  23.0%  22.2%
Uniting Church 6.2%  5.0%  4.4%
Presbyterian and Reformed 5.1%  4.6%  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$910 A$902
% of Australian median income 77.7% 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 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[3][6]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaffiliated 6
  Liberals 2
  The Greens 1
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[6]

Councillor Party Notes
  Denise Knight Independent Mayor[3]
  John Arkan Liberal
  Keith Rhoades Independent
  Garry Innes Independent
  Sally Townley Greens
  Rod Degens Unaligned Previously elected as a member of The Greens
  Bob Palmer Unaligned
  Mark Sultana Liberal
  Nan Cowling Independent

Sister city

The City of Coffs Harbour has one sister city:[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e  
  2. ^ "Coffs Harbour City Council".  
  3. ^ a b c Singleton, Graeme (15 September 2012). "Things to know about Denise". The Coffs Harbour Advocate. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b  
  5. ^ a b  
  6. ^ a b "Election 2012: Councillor Election Results". Coffs and Council: Running Council. Coffs Harbour City Council. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sister City Sasebo". Coffs Harbour City Council. 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
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