We need you as a representative!
NCC is seeking expressions of interest from people wanting to become a representative on their local Bush Fire Management Committee. Many 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 (usually based on Local Government areas).
These committees provide a forum for the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service, Office of Environment and Heritage and NSW Forests as well as other stakeholders, to work collectively to address issues relating to the protection of life, property and the environment from bushfire across the state. The NCC representative is the environmental voice on the committee and their role is to ensure that environmental assets are considered during the bushfire planning and implementation process. These include:
- Areas of remnant bushland.
- Endangered flora and fauna species and ecological communities.
- Areas that are suffering from being over/under burnt.
- Locally important environmental assets
What does it take to be a representative?
NCC BFMC Representatives have basic 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?
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 2009.
You are also required to keep in contact with the Bushfire Project Co-ordinator 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.
You may get the chance to be directly involved in land management, fire mitigation planning and community education.
You will be involved in the planning process deciding the future of your environment.
NCC is seeking expressions of interest in several rural and urban Local Government Areas including: the Far North Coast, Nambucca/Kempsey, Greater Taree, New England and Gosford.