Friends of COSS


The Coastal Open Space System (COSS) is a network of reserves supporting natural vegetation that are managed by Gosford Council for a number of environmental and community values.

COSS lands provide important ecological habitats (or homes) and essential linkages (wildlife corridors) for diverse fauna and flora. These natural areas are also popular places for leisure and relaxation with residents and visitors alike.

The COSS scheme is unique to the Gosford Council and was established in 1984. Areas identified as having significant ecological, cultural and historical value were earmarked for future protection and conservation by the council. Existing COSS lands have been voluntarily acquired by Gosford Council for the benefit of the community. Approximately 70% of those lands identified have now come into public ownership for the benefit of the community. COSS is an important legacy and there is still more to do to.

The Friends of COSS group aims to inform and engage our community to enjoy, protect and conserve these important natural areas, now and into the future.

We will be promoting events and activities such as:

  • Bushwalks and other organised activities in COSS reserves
  • Gosford Council’s COSS Family Nature Club
  • Bush regeneration activities in COSS lands
  • Promoting research activities such as those currently undertaken by Gosford Council
  • Working with neighbours of COSS lands to create wildlife friendly landscapes
  • Increased community involvement in implementing the COSS strategy

Your support will expand our combined voices and enable the Friends of COSS to continue protecting and conserving the Coastal Open Space System.

We can work together and help ensure this invaluable resource for the Gosford community remains.

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Contact details

CALL 02 4349 4756

PO Box 149 Ourimbah NSW 2258

FM Building, Central Coast Campus,
University of Newcastle,
Loop Road, Ourimbah,
NSW, 2258