The Clarence River was integral to the historic growth of the valley and its hinterland. Towns and villages nestled on the banks of the Clarence River are closely linked to the days of river transport. The river was historically used for the movement of goods and people from the days of the early cedar getters during the 1830s, to the development of agriculture, dairying and other industries well into the 1930s. Evidence of this history is seen in early wharfs, shipwrecks, cane derricks and former ferry crossings.
Community based heritage studies have identified a range of significant places which demonstrate the story of settlement, agriculture, commerce, timber, fishing, industry, government, education, leisure, tourism and the arts.
Heritage listings and Heritage Conservation Areas provide legal protection to these places, and clarity to owners, residents and prospective owners about the desired future character of these places. Careful management is needed to ensure that these places are maintained for future generations, and that change is managed in a way which maintains these values.