Deputy Mayor, Alderman Jock Campbell, along with local youth representatives, Adrian Wood and Kaylee Oakes unveil the interpretation panel as part of the reflective space.


Community members gathered at Percy Park in Rokeby on the anniversary of Black Tuesday to reflect on the devastation caused by the bushfires and to unveil the reflective space.

The space includes a bench seat with a commemorative plaque and an interpretation panel. Five trees have also been planted in memory of the five members of the Clarence community who lost their lives during the fires.

The trees were watered by two local youth representatives to symbolise the community’s recognition of the devastation caused in the 1967 bushfires, the strength displayed in rebuilding from such destruction, and commitment to preventing such a catastrophe happening again.

“The reflective space will be a lasting reminder, a place to reflect and contemplate the tragedy, and importantly, remember those who lost their lives and homes in the 1967 bushfires,” Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman said.

“It is fitting to have the site located in Rokeby. Of all the places in Clarence, Rokeby suffered the worst with no reticulated water or fire brigade.

“The community rallied together and fifty years on, Rokeby has been rebuilt. The reflective space serves as an important reminder of the 1967 bushfires and the need for vigilance and preparedness to prevent such a catastrophe happening again.”