Coffs Harbour City Council

Our Councillors and Plans for Coffs Harbour

Sally Townley

Dr Sally Townley has been a Coffs resident for 16 years and an elected Councillor for the past four. She is a professional Environmental Scientist, with a degree in Coastal Management and a PhD in Wildlife Biology. Her career of 25 years includes consulting for government departments such as National Parks and Forestry and for private interests such as land development and mining.

She spent a number of years working for NSW state government developing conservation and land management policies, as well as two years working on the staff of CHCC. She is married with two teenage children and plays many active roles in the community, such as school Board Director and coaching at the Circus School.

She brings a wealth of professional experience as well as a profound commitment to the people and landscapes of the Coffs Harbour area.

Protecting the coast and waterways

Coffs’ magnificent coastline is enjoyed by tourists and locals. We recognize the fragility of the coast and our commitment is to maintain a clear view of the coastline.

Water is crucial to all life, we commit to maintain healthy rivers and creeks for drinking, farms and ecosystems. The Greens will strive to ensure Coffs Harbour joins other progressive and responsible councils and states around Australia that have already banned single use plastic bags.

100% renewable energy by 2030

Real action on tackling global warming has never been more important.

Dr Townley played a key role in the agreed targets for renewable energy and our commitment is to reach the goal of Council using 100% renewable energy by 2030 or sooner.

Planning for the whole community

We commit to building a community with a diversity of cultural and social interests and opportunities.

We recognize the first people of this land, the Gumbayngirr people as well as all those who have come afterwards.

We believe that a vibrant community is one which supports and participates in art, culture and sporting and social opportunities.  We believe that local government has a role to play in creating connections between people.

Local infrastructure prioritised

We commit to ensuring delivery of infrastructure and funding for local footpaths, roads and cycleways.

We support the maintenance of high quality parks, reserves, playgrounds and public spaces. We will work towards better pedestrian and cycle connections and opportunities for public transport.

Sustainable progress

We commit to support appropriate development and engage communities with our vision for a healthy environment and society.

Well-informed planning should be used to create the best mix of residential, rural, environmental and business zones across the landscape. We will maximize opportunities for public participation in decision-making. We recognize the value of our rural lands and food production. We will work to protect our fragile coastal zones, natural areas and waterways.

No Secret Deals

We commit to transparency and accountability.

The community should not be in the dark about how council spends rate payers’ and tax payers’ money.