We have a statutory right to appoint conservation representatives to the Bush Fire Coordinating Committee and 59 Bush Fire Management Committees across New South Wales.
We need you
We are seeking expressions of interest from people who would like to become a representative on their local Bushfire Management Committee (BFMC). Many NCC bushfire representatives have backgrounds in biological science, conservation, bush regeneration, Landcare and environmental community groups.
Bushfire Management Committees occur in zones designated by the NSW Rural Fire Service, often aligned with boundaries in one or multiple Local Government areas. These committees are responsible for the planning and coordination of bushfire management within a local area for the protection of life, property and the environment from bushfire. Committees are made up of many stakeholders including fire authorities, land managers, landholders, community organisations, and the Nature Conservation Council.
Our representative is the environmental voice on the committee and ensures environmental assets are considered during the bushfire planning and implementation process. If you are interested in becoming one of our 40 bush fire representatives, please read the NCC Policy on Committee Representation, complete the NCC Representatives Application Form and email it to us.
What does it take to be a representative?
Representatives should have some qualifications or experience in conservation, natural resource management and bushfire protection. Some of our representatives are:
- NSW RFS volunteer members.
- Landowners looking for better fire management.
- Landcare and other associated groups members.
- Employed in other NRM-related fields of work.
- University students and lecturers.
What is expected of me and what will I get out of it?
As an NCC Representative you will be involved in the planning process deciding the future of your environment. You are expected to attend BFMC meetings and be actively involved in bush fire risk management planning by providing views consistent with NCC Bushfire Management Policy 2014. You are also required to keep in contact with the Bushfire Program Coordinator and provide regular updates on bush fire and other relevant issues in your area. Committees usually meet two to four times a year. We will provide you with a representative's kit and the opportunity to attend NCC bushfire workshops, seminars and conferences. These positions are voluntary.
We are seeking expressions of interest in several rural and urban Local Government Areas including:
- North: Namoi/Gwydir (Gwydir, Moree Plains, Narrabri); Tamworth; New England (Armidale, Uralla, Walcha) and Liverpool Range (Gunnedah, Liverpool Plains, Upper Hunter).
- East: Illawarra (Kiama, Shellharbour, Wollongong); Wollondilly/Wingecarribee.
- South: Shoalhaven; Southern Tablelands (Goulburn Mulwaree, Yass Valley, Upper Lachlan); Mid Murray (Murray River, Edward River); Lower Western Zone (Balranald, Wentworth); Snowy Valleys; Federation; South West Slopes (Cootamundra Gundagai, Hilltops).
- West: North West (Walgett, Coonamble, Warren, Bogan); Mid Lachlan Valley (Parkes, Forbes, Weddin, Lachlan); Bland/Temora; Barwon/Darling (Bourke, Brewarrina); Central Darling; Cobar; West Darling (Unincorporated); and Lower Western Zone (Balranald Shire, Wentworth Shire).
If you are from another area but interested in becoming a representative, please email us.
Please contact Evelyn Chia for any queries on (02) 9516 0359, [email protected].