The Bellingen Shire Council Coastal Area Core Koala Habitat Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management

The Bellingen Shire Council Coastal Area Core Koala Habitat Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (the CKPOM) forms part of the ‘’Bellingen Shire Council Coastal Area Koala Management Strategy – January 2017’’ (the Strategy). The Strategy was adopted by Bellingen Shire Council at its meeting of 16 December 2015.  The Bellingen Shire Council Coastal Area Core Koala Habitat Koala Plan of Management, which is one component of the strategy, was conditionally approved on 17 November 2016 by the Director of the Department of Planning and Environment under the provisions of Clause 13 of State Environmental Plan No. 44 – Koala Habitat Protection. This takes effect from 14 December 2016, when council resolved to accept the terms of the conditional approval.

If you are preparing a development application to develop land with core koala habitat, the CKPOM in Chapter 2 of the Strategy confirms Councils requirements for addressing potential impacts on koalas, or their habitat, in your development application. Where a development application or consent from council is not required for a proposed activity on your land, the CKPOM does not apply.

The remaining parts of the Strategy incorporate management activities for Council, other tiers of government, and the community, that are designed to protect and manage koalas and their habitat in the shire. It is necessary to read the Strategy in conjunction with the CKPOM, however it is the CKPOM that contains the key regulatory elements to be observed as part of the Development Application process.


To download the adopted Strategy click here Adopted Strategy


For further information, please contact Councils Land Use Services Team on 6655 7300.

Duty Planner

If you require assistance you can obtain general planning advice from Council's Duty Planner who is available Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 12 noon or by phoning 02 6655 7300.  Outside these hours, planners are available by appointment only.

The Duty Planner cannot prepare your development documentation or provide legal advice, but can assist you with:   

  • interpretation of the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP)
  • development assessment requirements
  • zone enquiries
  • subdivision
  • dual occupancy and multi dwelling housing
  • mixed use development
  • home and commercial business development
  • industrial development

The Duty Planner service is provided to assist applicants with Council's development controls. Please be aware that this officer can become busy with counter and phone enquiries and is not in a position to explain all of Council's planning controls in detail.

Development Control Unit

If you need detailed planning advice for a development project, please arrange a meeting with Council's Development Control Unit and/or contact a Planning Consultant or in writing via a development enquiry.

For further information See DCU

Building Surveyors

Council's Building Surveyors are also available to answer any building related enquiries Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 10:30 am or by appointment outside these hours.  They can assist you with:   

  • dwelling construction/ additions
  • complying development certificates
  • swimming pool construction
  • ancillary structures such as sheds and carports

Making a DA Submission

If you wish to comment on, support or object to a DA, the Submissions Fact Sheet (PDF) (101.06 KB)  can help you find out what you need to do to have your concerns considered by Council while the application is being assessed.

You can make a submissions by:
Mail: PO Box 117, Bellingen  NSW  2454

Planning Portal

Quick Link to NSW Government Planning Portal


Customer Service Team
ph 02 6655 7300