Become a representative

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 want to become a representative on their local Bush Fire Management Committee. Many NCC bushfire representatives have backgrounds in biological science, conservation, bush regeneration, Landcare and environmental community groups.

Bush Fire Management Committees (BFMC) occur in zones designated by the NSW Rural Fire Service, covering all of New South Wales and usually based on Local Government areas. These committees are a forum for the Nature Conservation Council, the NSW Rural Fire Service, Office of Environment & Heritage and Forestry Corporation of NSW, as well as other stakeholders, to work for the protection of life, property and the environment from bushfire.

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 a bushfire representative, 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 bushfire 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 bushfire and other relevant issues in your area. We will provide you with a representative's kit and the opportunity to attend NCC bushfire workshops, seminars and conferences. 


We are seeking expressions of interest in several rural and urban Local Government Areas including:

  • East: Bankstown/Hurstville, Newcastle, Hunter (Cessnock /Maitland)
  • North: Tamworth, Gwydir, Liverpool Range (Gunnedah/Liverpool Plains/Upper Hunter), Narrabri/Moree
  • West: North West (Walgett/Coonamble/Warren/Bogan), Mid Lachlan Valley (Parkes/Forbes/Weddin/Lachlan), Bland-Temora, Barwon/Darling (Bourke/Brewarrina), Central Darling, Cobar and West Darling (Unincorporated Far West)
  • South: Southern Tablelands (Goulburn, Yass, Upper Lachlan), Lake George (Queanbeyan-Palerang), Gundagai-Hilltops, Snowy Valleys, Federation (Federation/Berrigan), Lower Western Zone (Balranald/Wentworth), Mid Murray (Murray River, Edward River).

Download application

If you are from another area but interested in becoming a representative, please email us.  


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