Tuesday, 24th March 2015
John Allen (Hotspots Facilitator for northern NSW) had a great turn out for his recent workshops held in Woodenbong, north-west of Kyogle and at Bowman River, west of Gloucester. Delivered with Mark Graham and Kevin Taylor (Hotspots Ecologists), a key outcome from the Woodenbong workshops was increasing partnerships between landholders and agencies, facilitating a sense of community and increasing participant’s ability to read the health of their land. Landholder attendees included families who have been on the land for generations, recent arrivals to the area as well as Githabul Aboriginal landholders. See workshop report below for more details.
Phil Paterson (Hotspots facilitator for southern NSW) has recently completed a workshop series in Burra, just south of Queanbeyan. Phil has also delivered the first of two workshops with communities at Murrah, just south of Bermagui, and Mulloon, west of Queanbeyan. These workshops delivered with Kevin Taylor (Hotspots Ecologist) have assisted landholders to produce property fire management plans to reduce bush fire risk while also considering locally important issues including support for koala and long-nosed potoroo populations. To learn about the innovative follow-up to the Burra workshop, check out the ‘Hotspots Hotshots and Hotspots Café' article in this issue.
Bruce Hansen (Facilitator for eastern NSW) delivered a workshop program for community members in the Trunkey Creek region. Bruce is also gearing up to deliver the second workshop in the series in the Bowen Mountain-Kurrajong region. This workshop will address bush fire risk as well as focusing on lantana and its association with Bell Miner Associated Dieback (BMAD).
The Greater Sydney Local Land Services is providing workshop participants with the opportunity to have bushland regeneration works implemented on their property e.g. to restore areas infested with lantana. Funding from the Australian and NSW Governments.
Click on the following links to ‘workshop reports for landholders’ for a sample of recent workshop activity. Woodenbong workshop report, Trunkey Creek Workshop report, Tanja-Bunga-Wapengo and Burra Workshop report.
Click here to register your interest in attending a workshop in your area http://hotspotsfireproject.org.au/contact