Protecting the Clarence Valley since 1989

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The Clarence Environment Centre’s priority is the protection and conservation of flora, fauna and natural landscape in the Clarence Valley and river catchment.

Land for Wildlife Program

No Mines Clarence Valley Campaign

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The Glossy Project is a citizen science project supporting the bushfire recovery of South-eastern Glossy Black-Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami lathami, a.k.a. “Glossies”) and their habitat on the Coffs Coast in NSW.

The Glossy Project (Coffs Coast, NSW) is a partnership between BirdLife Australia and the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program. It builds on the work of the Great Glossy Count and is designed to expand over time, using data collected by citizen scientists to plan project activities in successive years.

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Support our work with a donation today. Donate as much or as little as you like, because every little bit helps to keep the CEC protecting the Clarence Valley and it's catchment.

Next event: Picnic for Nature 27th Nov 22

Bring a picnic lunch and something to sit on. It's an all ages event and everyone is welcome, so come along with your friends, family and neighbours... It's going to be a great day!

Current Issues, Media & Newsletters

REPORT: Post Bushfire Condition of Dry Rainforest

In November 2019, the Liberation Trail bushfire decimated the Nymboida area, destroying more than 50 homes. The environmental damage was enormous, made worse by what is arguably the worst drought in the close to 200 years of white occupation of the area. That prolonged drought, combined with record high temperatures and heatwaves, saw moisture content of vegetation at such low levels that living trees were reduced to charcoal.

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SUBMISSION: Native Forest Wood in the Renewable Energy Target

The CEC finds the term “wood waste” completely unacceptable, particularly that taken from native forest. It is not waste, it is crucial habitat for Australia’s unique fauna, and the source of essential nutrients for plants to grow and create healthy biodiverse ecosystems. Read our recommendations here…

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Clarence Valley Picnic for Nature 16 Oct 2022

On the 16th of October this year, we’ll be holding our first Picnic for Nature where communities across the state will come together to host and hold picnics to celebrate nature. This is more than just a fun day of getting outside with family and friends, it’s an opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty and biodiversity of our local area and a chance for you to connect with your community and local environmental groups.

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Community Small Grant Recipient 22/23 – Thank you!
Thanks to the NRCF and our supporterswho helped us secure over $7,000 for a technology and office upgrade.
Wild Country donation to the CEC much appreciated!

Thankyou for the small grant which will be used to control and remove invasive species that choke native habitat.

The Project
August 21 2022

NSW Allows Logging Near Koala Habitats And Risks Species’ Extinction


Back in 2013, Clarence Environment Centre members, community and businesses had a strong and powerful presence at the Clarence Valley’s first coal seam gas (CSG) drill-site at Glenugie during a prolonged 8-week peaceful, but indomitable on-ground campaign to stop work progressing. On the of 7th January, more than 40 police, including members of the Tactical Response Group and Police Rescue removed (with difficulty) a number of protesters locked-on to equipment, trees and structures which effectively broke up the blockade. However, it was all worth it as the protest caused significant major delays for the drilling and also drained funds which eventually caused Metgasco to pull out of the Clarence Valley and test for a more malleable community to the north. But alas, when they were met with a well-versed and even stronger opposition at Bentley, the NSW government was forced to declare Northern Rivers off limits to gas exploration!!