Coffs Harbour is located on the Mid North Coast of NSW approximately half way between Sydney and Brisbane. The region incorporates both townships and rural localities and has a population of around 75,000. Since 2005, around 1,000 refugees have settled in the area.
Coffs Harbour City Council became a Refugee Welcome Zone in 2008 and has committed to this declaration by hosting annual celebrations of Refugee Week and Multicultural Harmony Festival (in recognition of Harmony Day), citizenship ceremonies, performances, film festivals, and other initiatives that support and sustain our refugee community.
One of Council’s most important means of engaging with refugee and migrant communities has been through its Multicultural Reference Group, set up in late 2006 to promote the benefits of a culturally diverse community and engage with and provide services for CALD residents. The group is made up of representatives from the local refugee community, service providers, interested community representatives, government and non-government organisations, a councillor and Council staff.
It also hosts a Facebook group, Coffs Cost Cross Cultural Connections.