Joint agency cultural burn following the Hotspots workshop near Mogo
Friday, 30th June 2017
In October 2016, Hotspots delivered a tailored workshop with Aboriginal rangers from Mogo and Bateman’s Bay Local Aboriginal Land Councils. To complement the workshops, fire-fighting training was provided by the NSW RFS to assist in building their skills and confidence using fire as a management tool. The Hotspots program identified serveral collaborative opportunities for Mogo LALC to work alongside a range of organisations on projects involving strategic mosaic burning to deliver better ecological and risk management outcomes.
In June this year Mogo LALC rangers were able to apply their skills and completed a burn that aimed to reconnect to Country and help save a threatened species. The burn was undertaken in bushland southeast of Queanbeyan in collaboration with the Office of Environment and Heritage Save Our Species Program, Mogo LALC, NSW Rural Fire Service, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and Local Land Services.
The burn provided an opportunity to work together in an effort to restore critical habitat for a rare orchid species under the NSW Government's Saving our Species program.
Other successful cultural burning programs that have been in the news recently include
NCC Firesticks Project – Minyumai Indigenous Protected Area
Mudjingaalbaraga Firesticks workshop - Shoalhaven