Gumma, Tingha, Tathra workshop updates
Thursday, 21st May 2020
The bush fire crisis has greatly impacted many Hotspots participants as well as the Hotspots team. However, the current situation has made the team even more committed to providing fire and ecological management skills to landholders across the state.
Before the fire season in 2019, the team delivered a workshop series with rangers on an Indigenous Protected Area in Gumma, in the north of the state near Nambucca Heads. A nest box building project was also completed with students from Tingha Public School following a successful workshop series with local landholders earlier in the year. Works around the southern community of Tathra were continued with three Community Protection Planning workshops run by NSW RFS, to compliment the Hotspots workshop series and Bushfire Program workshop delivered in June.
Since October, the fire crisis halted many Hotspots workshop series as our NSW RFS team were called out on operational duties, and since March things have been on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans for workshops around Lithgow, Cobargo and the Richmond-Clarence Lowlands have been postponed, while the workshop series in Bombay, Black Range Rd and Wards River are planned to at least start in this financial year, with some workshops series to be held online. The team has also turned its focus to supporting Hotspots communities that have been affected by the recent fires.