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.

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REPORT: Gibberagee State Forest – The destruction of koala habitat continues…

We have been informed that logging began at the above compartments this last week, and already photographs obtained by the Centre highlights the inadequacy of Forestry Corporation’s efforts to protect biodiversity in our public forests. we have sent the following
report to the NSW Ministers for Forestry, Courtney Houssos, and the Environment, Penny Sharpe, as well as the Federal Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek.

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SUBMISSION: Opposing the granting of Minerals Exploration Licence

Mining poses an unacceptable threat to water quality, particularly in high rainfall regions such as the Clarence Valley, where soil instability is also a problem. All of the exploration companies that are currently operating in the valley have failed to engage in, or adequately follow-through with community consultation. This indicates that those companies are deliberately ignoring the public’s concern, and the fact that they have no
social licence to operate.

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SUBMISSION: to the review of The Biodiversity Conservation Act

The conservation of Australia’s natural environment, both terrestrial and marine, has always been our priority, and we believe the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and biodiversity is of paramount importance. As a result, we believe it is crucial that laws in place to protect the environment, actually serve that purpose.

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A Rainforest on the Brink

The biggest concern now is that another fire will impact the site before natural regeneration takes place.
Bushfire is the greatest threat currently facing the environment, and must be avoided if at all possible. In my opinion, we stand to lose it all if we don’t, so this is where our country wide focus needs to be.

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Vote for Koalas Sticker NSW Election 2023
Get your ‘Vote for Koalas’ stickers at the Clarence Env. Centre now. 
Drop in any Monday or call to arrange a time to pick up these free stickers.  Let’s save Koala trees this election. 


‘Istari’, a Land for Wildlife property with its own website. 

The Australian bush reveals many beautiful and fascinating plants and animals.  Explore the flora and fauna at Istari in the Clarence Valley.

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

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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!!