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Firesticks Program Funding Success

Thursday, 7th June 2012

Firesticks Program Funding Success

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW has been successful in a bid to the Federal Government's Biodiversity Fund for the Firesticks program for just under $2.4m to be delivered over 6 years. The Firesticks project will use appropriate fire to enhance ecosystem resilience within culturally connected landscapes by improving habitat condition and connectivity through natural regeneration for Northern NSW.

Integrating contemporary and Aboriginal fire practices, this project will reduce the threat of wildfire on stored carbon, create habitat mosaics to promote connectivity, reduce the risk of wildfire fragmentation and contribute to the control of invasive species.

Firesticks will enable and empower Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities to work collectively towards resilient landscapes. Partners in the project include Hotspots, the NSW Rural Fire Service, Office of Environment and Heritage, Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium the University of Technology, Sydney, the Willows Boorabee, Wattleridge, Minyumai and Jali Indigenous Protected Areas and the Kyogal, Ngulingah and Boolangle Aboriginal Land Councils.

In addition to the Firestick Project, Hotspots is working in collaboration with Macquarie University’s National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) on a project that aims to engage rural, regional and Indigenous communities in science. Working with the Yaegl community in Yamba and Maclean Northern NSW, Hotspots is delivering a workshop and training program which places an emphasis on the cultural importance of fire management with particular reference to the regionally Endangered (under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995) population of the North Coast Emu.

For more information contact Waminda Parker on wparker@nccnsw.org.au

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