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Recent workshops in Mt Mitchell, Nerriga and Mogo

Friday, 10th February 2017

Recent workshops in Mt Mitchell, Nerriga and Mogo

John Allen (Hotspots north coast facilitator) and Mark Graham (NCC ecologist) ran a workshop series with community members in Mt Mitchell (southeast of Glen Innes) on 15 and 29 October. Twenty-eight Landholders attended and 15 fire management plans were prepared, covering 2,455 hectares.  The workshop brought together a large portion of the Mt Mitchell community, providing the opportunity for participants and the delivery team to learn from each other and share their fire experiences. Plans to keep the momentum from the workshop going over the next couple of months include the opportunity to undertake further mosaic burns and visiting the Wattleridge Indigenous Protected Area. More details on this project are in the article Collaborative delivery between Firesticks and Hotspots.

Phil Paterson (southern NSW Hotspots facilitator) and Kevin Taylor (NCC ecologist) delivered the second workshop with community members in Nerriga (near Braidwood) on 20 August. A total of 37 Nerriga residents attended the workshop series, developing 21 property fire management plans, covering 1,319 hectares, of which 1,042 hectares were native vegetation. This workshop included a demonstration burn and landholders learned about the legislation and approval process and how to manage a small burn.

Phil Paterson and Kevin Taylor delivered a three-day workshop with the Mogo and Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALC), 17-19 October. This tailored workshop included all the elements of the Hotspots two-day program plus additional elements and resources for the rangers.  Approximately 10 rangers attended and completed the demonstration property fire management plan and started additional 6-7 fire management plans. Since the workshop, Phil has been looking at other areas of the Mogo LALC property to help the rangers trial in the integrated fire and herbicide treatments for African lovegrass and serrated tussock, based on the results of the NCC Bushfire Program’s Cumberland project.  

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