Hotspots works closely with Hunter Local Aboriginal Land Councils
Thursday, 16th May 2013
Led by Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, representatives from Mindaribba, Awabakal, Worimi and Bahtabah Land Councils worked with the Hotspots team to determine how they can manage fire to reduce hazards, whilst also leading to ecological and cultural outcomes. Actions identified in fire management plans include burning to regenerate the native seed bank, protection of cultural sites through reducing the surrounding fuel loads, burning to manage weeds, and burning in strategic fire advantage zones to reduce wildfire intensity.
John Sullivan from Fire and Rescue NSW also attended the workshop, as some land managed by these Land Councils is under the jurisdiction of Fire and Rescue NSW. On the day, John gave a demonstration on a Fire and Rescue trailer unit, which Land Councils could look at as an option for implementing fire on their lands.
The Hotspots program was delivered as part of a suit of workshops which aimed to provide Land Councils skills to manage their lands in a holistic way. The Darkinjung Land Council received a grant from the NSW Environmental Trust and Office of Environment and Heritage to conduct a series of workshops with these Land Councils. Aside from Hotspots, representatives from each Land Council have partaken in other land management training. Some of the aims of the training are to assist the Land Councils in understanding their responsibilities and obligations in relation to land management, particularly fire management. Working closely with other agencies such as National Parks, Darkinjung Land Council delivered further workshops tailored to the interests of each land council, focusing on how to manage issues such as illegal dumping and illegal access.