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Have your say on bush fire risk in the Clarence Valley

Fire agencies and land managers are developing a Bush Fire Risk Management Plan for the Clarence Valley, and the community is invited to participate in this process by having a say on how bush fire risk is managed.

The plan will map and describe the level of bush fire risk across an area and sets out treatment strategies to reduce the risk of bush fires and better protect the community over five years.

The Have Your Say survey is the way the Clarence Valley Bush Fire Management Committee gathers feedback from the community to assist with the risk planning.

Bush fires can affect our homes, livelihoods and communities with devastating consequences.

Your input will provide valuable insights that enable the Bush Fire Management Committee to prioritise the communities, places, spaces, resources and assets that the community hold of most value.

All residents and landholders residing in the region are encouraged to participate in the short, 5-minute survey on how bush fire risk is managed over the next 5 years.

Communities can access the confidential survey by clicking on the link.  



The survey is available until 22 March 2024

About the Clarence Valley Bush Fire Management Committee

The Clarence Valley BFMC area spans 1,044,996 hectares (ha). The area covers the Clarence Valley Local Government Area (LGA) and features National Parks covering an area of 228,133ha (21.83% of BFMC area) and State Forests covering an area of 196,749ha (18.82% of BFMC area).

The Clarence Valley BFMC area has approximately 83.18% bushland and 14.68% grassland with the balance being the built environment or water bodies. A bush or grass fire can happen at any time of the year, but the risk is higher during the warmer months, when bush, grass or scrub is drier.

The Clarence Valley BFMC is made up of the following representatives:

  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • NSW Department of Planning and Environment (Crown Lands)
  • Local Land Services
  • Essential Energy
  • NSW Farmers’ Association
  • Fire and Rescue NSW
  • Clarence Valley Council
  • Local Aboriginal Land Councils
  • Nature Conservation Council of NSW
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • NSW Police Force
  • Transport for NSW
  • Australia Rail Track Corporation
  • Clarence Cane Growers Association
  • Forestry Corporation of NSW

The current Bush Fire Risk Management plan for the Clarence Valley area was published in 2019.

For more information, please contact the Rural Fire Service Clarence Valley District Fire Control Centre on 6644 5135.