Bellingen Shire - A lifestyle region!

Bellingen Shire is located on the Mid North Coast of NSW and is renowned for its fantastic climate, beautiful beaches and rivers, world heritage rainforest area, national parks, scenic Waterfall Way and festival culture.  The Shire is a lifestyle region with a mix of traditional and non-traditional farming, creative arts, tourism and related industries, and a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities.


Bellingen Shire Council delivers a wide range of services to the community including:

Libraries, community centres and halls

  • Planning and development
  • Visitor information centres
  • Recreation facilities such as public swimming pools and sporting fields
  • Infrastructure such as roads, bridges, boat ramps, skate parks, public toilets and picnic areas
  • Water and sewerage services
  • Environmental and public health services
  • Services for specific community groups


As an organisation we support

  • Respect and understanding of our community's needs.
  • Fairness and equity.
  • Stewardship.
  • Responsible decision making.
  • Co-operative partnerships.
  • Pride in our community.


Our infrastructure

The area offers commercial and retail services and access to high quality transport, education, health and tourism infrastructure. The Coffs Harbour Education Campus incorporates the Southern Cross University, TAFE North Coast Institute and a senior college providing exceptional learning opportunities.


The diversity of our landscape

The Shire's area extends inland from Urunga at the mouth of the Bellinger River and includes its broad and fertile valley with the historic and beautiful town of Bellingen as its regional centre. Further inland the Waterfall Way climbs through the World Heritage Area of the Dorrigo National Park. Just beyond is the tableland town of Dorrigo and the wild Nymboida River. The Dorrigo escarpment forms a natural barrier across the Shire.


Our organisational structure

Bellingen Shire Council has operations in 3 main locations - Raleigh, Bellingen and Dorrigo. Council has two major divisions, namely -

  • Operations
  • Corporate and Community

The above divisions are supported by the Strategy and Organisational Development team.


Our Annual Report and other informative documents

You can access various reports and policy documents by following this link:


Our vision for the future

Our vision for the future must encompass all aspects of living and working in our shire, as well as ways in which we are connected beyond our borders -

regionally, nationally and globally.

Our vision is about protecting the pristine natural beauty of our environment and enhancing our prosperous and safe community where inclusiveness and sustainable living are embraced, so that creativity and cultural activity can flourish.

Connected. Sustainable. Creative.

Read more about it in our Community Strategic Plan:


Want to know more about the Coffs Coast region?

The Coffs Coast is a regional tourist destination with heaps of things to do. Read more about it by following the links below:


Read more about us on our website:


Bellingen Shire Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer


150 employees

Main Locations
Main Locations
Bellingen, Raleigh, Dorrigo

Our Vision
Our Vision