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There are so many things you can do to live more sustainably. Take a look at some of the sustainability topics on the side menu, you are bound to discover some interesting facts or something new you can do to live more sustainably.


“It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for – the whole thing – rather than just one or two stars” – David Attenborough


The unique combination of a cooler climate in the mountains, a tropical coastline and both cool and warm currents in the ocean that result in the region having high biological diversity. This diversity also creates an environment highly valued by people to live, work and play. It is this diversity that consequently also creates increased development pressure.

We can all contribute to the survival and wellbeing of native wildlife by incorporating wildlife friendly garden features for shelter and nesting. While one garden makes a difference, many wildlife gardens can form important corridors and stepping stones through urban landscapes.

Backyard Buddies has loads of information on how to create a backyard suitable for native animals and ways to avoid chemical use in your yard.

Bellingen has taken an active role inprotecting biodiversity and information can be found on Bellingen Council’s website here.

For more information about plants and animals in the Coffs Region, check out the Coffs Harbour Council’s environment webpage here.

For further information about biodiversity projects in the Nambucca Shire please follow this link.


Other resources and inspirational information:

The Orara River Rehabilitation Project

The Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance

The Coffs Jaliigirr Project

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Solitary Islands Marine Park






Climate Change

“First, I worry about climate change. It’s the only thing that I believe has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it, and make a lot of the other efforts that we’re making irrelevant and impossible” – Bill Clinton


Climate change is caused by an increase in the amount of greenhouse gas in the Earth’s atmosphere. These gases trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere making the Earth warmer. Human activity has significantly increased the amount of greenhouse gas found in our atmosphere, trapping more heat around Earth than ever before. Increased temperatures are likely to cause more frequent and severe weather events, such as bushfires and floods and may also contribute to sea level rise, loss of wildlife as well as many other environmental, social and economic impacts.

To learn more about climate change in your local area visit

Bellingen Shire Council

Coffs Harbour City Council

Nambucca Shire Council


Other interesting links
Coffs Coast Climate Action Group

Climate Council


“Variable, forecastable renewables (wind and solar cells) are very reliable when integrated with each other, existing supplies and demand” – Amory Lovins


Making small changes to daily behaviours and choices around the home can have an enormous impact on your energy costs. Deciding to use energy efficiently is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy bills and be environmentally friendly while maintaining, or even improving comfort levels.

The Your Energy Savings website gives you some simple and effective advice on ways to save energy, how to understand your energy bill and much more, empowering you to make better choices and reduce your energy costs.

Would you like to install energy efficient appliances and fixtures? Find out more information about energy efficient appliances at Energy Savings, Energy Efficient Appliances and Energy Rating.

Switching to renewable energy by purchasing up to 100% accredited Green Power, renewable electricity, you are instantly switching your electricity dollar from a traditional coal-burning power plant to one of a combination of renewable sources of electricity generation (e.g. wind, hydro, biomass and solar).


Install solar

The installation of solar panels on your home will generate a significant amount of your electricity needs and reduce your household emissions. Contact one of the many local providers for more information.

Other resources and inspirational information:


Local Food

Did you know that fruits and vegetables pack the most nutrition when they are ripe and freshly picked? The Coffs Coast Region has many choices for finding fresh local produce -choose from stunning restaurants or get your food directly from the farm gate.

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The below information will assist you to find what you are after.

Coffs Coast Harvest Guide & Seasonal Calendar
Harvest Guide

Explore the magic of the area by downloading the Coffs Coast Harvest Guide, where you will find:

  • Over 60 pages of information on local food experiences on the Coffs Coast
  • Over 20 Recipes from local restaurants featuring local produce
  • Guide to Farmers Markets on the Coffs Coast
  • Planting guide and Community Gardens listing
  • Coffs Coast Seasonal Calendar
  • Coffs Coast Harvest Trail


Seasonal Calendar

A guide to what’s in season on the Coffs Coast – Seasonal Calendar.

Tasting Trail
Coffs Coast Tasting Trail

The Coffs Coast Tasting Trail, will assist you when planning a trip to tempt your tastebuds. Download the Trail here.


Local Directory

The Local Harvest website includes a national directory for finding food co-ops, swap meets, community gardens, farmers markets, box systems, ‘pick you own’ farms, farm-gate products, organic retailers, and more. Local Harvest also promotes and explores do-it-yourself alternatives for food production and meeting essential needs, including resources for growing your own food, making your own produce, storing and preserving, and low energy living.

To register your local business or find a local grower or market visit the local directory.

Sustainable SeafoodSustainable Seafood

If you are concerned about decline in fish and other marine wildlife check out the sustainable seafood guide to assist in making a better choice.

Love Food Hate Waste

Food waste is a complex social, economic and environmental problem that is having an increasingly negative impact on our world. As food lovers, we all enjoy the taste of our food and the social side of eating together. We can also buy, cook and save our food better, reducing our environmental impact and saving us time and money.

The Love Food Hate Waste website will provide you with ways to buy, cook and save food to reduce waste and save you money at the same time.



The Coffs Coast Local Food AllianceLocal-Food-Alliance

The Coffs Coast Local Food Alliance is made up of a range of members from different backgrounds with an interest local food. Their mission is to promote and support the development of a strong local food economy based on sustainable agriculture practices so that all residents of the Coffs Region have equitable access to affordable, fresh, healthy food into the future.

Framework 2010-2020

The Coffs Coast Local Food Framework aims to support the development of a sustainable local food economy for our region. For further information check the following links.


Project Report

Evaluation Report

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Bellingen Edible Streetscapes

Forty six mixed citrus trees were planted along the sports fields at Connell Park through the Bellingen Urban Streetscapes project. The plantings improve the path between the urban centre and bush tucker plantings at Cemetery Creek. In addition, the plantings have promoted local food production, enhanced tourism potential and the associated benefits to small business.

If you would like more information about this project please visit Northbank Community Garden, Bellingen.

Local Library

Your local library has many sustainability resources available check out the below links to learn more.

Sustainable Living Collections

Web-BannerVisit your local library or check below for a list of books, cds and magazines available for loan on all manner of sustainability related subjects.

Coffs Harbour City Library

Bellingen Shire Library

Nambucca Shire Library


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Save Power Kits provide tools, information and a guidebook to help you make your home more energy efficient They’re a fun and educational way for your household to measure and learn more about the power you use, so that you can reduce your power bills. They are available from your local Library.


“People living in walkable neighborhoods are healthier, happier, more trusting and more civically involved” – Shannon Rogers

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Carpool Mid North Coast

Carpool Mid North Coast is a free online service for anyone who wants to save money, meet new people and reduce their carbon footprint while travelling to work or study. This is a free, easy to use online service where you will be matched with other people travelling in the same direction to your place of work or study or one-off events.


Fuel Efficient Cars

The Green Vehicle Guide provides valuable information on fuel efficiency for new and older cars.



To view cycle maps of the Coffs Coast click here.

Bicycle Info NSW is packed with loads of useful information, including road rules, personal and community benefits of riding and much more.


Public Transport


Other resources and inspirational information:



“Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility” – Ernst ‘Fritz’ Schumacher


On average Australians dispose of around 21 million tonnes of waste each year. This includes waste from kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and gardens. Although we’ve made improvements in our throw away habits over recent years, there are still lots of ways we can do more.

A couple of simple tips to reduce and reuse household waste include:

  • Reduce packaging -Look for products without packaging and avoid individually wrapped options.
  • Donate unwanted clothes and or household goods to charities.
  • Give old magazines and books to nursing homes, charities, schools, hospitals etc.
  • Compost your food waste to reuse in your garden. This will improve soil structure and texture and promote aeration which increases the soil’s water-holding capacity.

For other tips and ideas visit the Your Energy Savings website:

For information about local waste services visit the Coffs Coast Waste Services website.


Other resources and inspirational information:


“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one” – Jacques Cousteau


Did you know…

  • The average person uses about 200 litres of water per day, of which only 5-10 litres is for basic survival, i.e. drinking and food preparation.
  • The other 190 litres is discretionary and is used for washing (showers, dishes, clothes, toilets) and the garden.
  • Some communities have been successful in reducing average personal tap water usage to as low as 130 litres per day.

Together we can all do our bit to help reduce water consumption. Installing water saving products can make a difference and despite the initial cost, they are an investment. In the long term, you will be saving money and helping the environment. The Your Home website gives you plenty of water saving ideas and initiatives to inspire you to save water around the home.

Alternatively, follow the below links to view localised information about water supply and conservation in your council area.

Bellingen Shire Council

Coffs Harbour City Council

Nambucca Shire Council

Discover the best water efficient appliances that can save you both water and money at Water Rating


Other resources and inspirational information:

Our Living Coast is a joint project of the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen & Nambucca Councils