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Recent workshop activity in Yarramalong, Yetholme and Tweed-Caldera

Friday, 30th June 2017

Recent workshop activity in Yarramalong, Yetholme and Tweed-Caldera

Bruce Hansen (Hotspots facilitator) and Kevin Taylor (NCC ecologist) ran a unique two-day workshop series in which landholders and members of the local fire brigade came together to increase fire knowledge and management skills at Yetholme, 50 km west of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. During the workshop, cool moist conditions allowed a partial burn to occur. The threatened purple copper butterfly (Paralucia spinifera) was a key focus of the workshops with the ecology of the species and the role that fire can play in regenerating habitat for this species were presented during the day. A follow-up burn to improve habitat for this butterfly is planned and currently going through the approval process with the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Spotlighting and nocturnal species call playback was undertaken on the property with six landholders attending. Despite the cool and rainy conditions, a Greater Glider (Vulnerable in EPBC Act) was observed, which was a great find considering their patchy distribution and the fact the the property is nearing the westernedge of its distribution.

Bruce Hansen and Kevin Taylor delivered a workshop series with community members from the Yarramalong area, about 20km north west of Wyong, in the Central Coast hinterland. Twenty-three landholders attended and produced 18 property-based fire management plans. The participants were highly engaged, and many stayed after the workshop to continue to develop fire management plans. Despite the wet conditions a demonstration burn was achieved showing how burns are safely and effectively conducted, the use of different tools for control lines as well as using the topography to achieve burn objectives.

John Allen (Hotspots facilitator) and Mark Graham (NCC ecologist) ran a workshop series with community members in Uki in the Tweed (Wollumbin) Caldera region. Despite some challenges caused by severe flooding, the community came together and the workshop series was a great success. The team even managed to get fire on the ground with a burn on the second day demonstrating different ignition patterns and techniques and an introduction to fire behaviour on different gradients. With the help of five agencies as part of the delivery team (RFS, NCC, NPWS, NCT and Tweed Council), the 20 landholders attending producing 17 property fire management plans covering 1,480 hectares, 1,102 of which is native vegetation. 

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