New South Wales, December 1974

Bushfire - New South Wales

Quick Statistics

3 Fatalities
During the summer between 1974 and 1975, Australia experienced its worst bushfire season in 30 years. Approximately 15 per cent of Australia's physical land mass sustained extensive fire damage. This equates to roughly around 117 million ha.

New South Wales was badly affected with widespread damage to infrastructure, including communications, roads, railways and property fencing. There was also significant damage to the agriculture and horticulture industries, as famers lost crops and livestock to the fires. The areas affected included Cobar Shire, Balranald, Glendale and regions around the Lower Hunter. Three people lost their lives in New South Wales. The overall damage cost was estimated at approximately $5 million.

Information Sources

Fraser, B Macquarie Book of Events, 1986 pp 584
New South Wales Government Ministry for Police and Emergency Services, 1974 – 1975, Far West NSW Bushfire, website viewed 24 May 2011