Hotspots collaboration in cultural fire project in Jubullum
Monday, 25th June 2018
The project, Cultural Fire Gatherings - Making our Way Together, is an Indigenous-led partnership facilitated by the Firesticks Alliance with Jagun Alliance and northeast NSW Aboriginal communities. Funding has been provided by the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Aboriginal Community Grant Program. Jamie Bertram from the Hotspots Fire Project has also been involved.
Several organisations have come together to discuss Cultural Fire Management in northeast NSW, including the Aboriginal Reference Advisory Group, Firesticks Alliance, Local Land Services (LLS), Jubullum Aboriginal Lands Council (LALC), Banbai Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation, Northern Rivers Fire & Biodiversity Consortium, Jugun Aboriginal Corporation, Melaleuca Enterprise, Mulong, Australian Government National Landcare Program, and the NSW Rural Fire Service.
In June, these representatives participated in a three-day workshop on Wahlubal Country within the West Bungalung Nation. The event consisted of pre-burn workshops at Jubullum LALC, planning and site assessment, burning on Jubullum country, and working with the community to establish its own property fire management plan and a Wahlubal fire and seasons calendar.
Other aims of the project are for agencies and organisations to engage with Indigenous communities from across the northeast to work with Indigenous people on cultural burning programs.
These programs focus on Indigenous knowledge, cultural heritage, Indigenous custodianship, gives Aboriginal people ownership of the project and opportunities to work with agencies they otherwise would rarely engage with, and helps develop lasting partnerships through the Hotspots Programs across the northeast.
These activities are a step in the right direction to ensure the communities receive the best cultural knowledge and an understanding of contemporary fire management processes. Hotspots and Firesticks have a strong connection, as both projects engage with communities and have a diverse range of people interested in fire management, and work to use fire for the best biodiversity, ecological and cultural outcomes.