Hotspots works with NEMA school project
Monday, 19th December 2022
Hotspots Facilitator Jamie Bertram has been working with 13 primary schools delivering Bushfire Education Workshops across the heavily affected Coffs Harbour region. Through the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program, the Australian Government has funded the delivery of the workshops which are aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness of bushfire impacts in primary school children, helping to combat anxiety surrounding bushfires which has been a prominent issue since the 2019-2020 fire season impacted the area. Prior to this federal funding, Jamie delivered 4 primary school workshops throughout the region with great outcomes.
The workshops involve the building of nest boxes to assist with the recovery of fire-impacted wildlife, and presentations from the RFS and First Nations groups, teaching the children about cultural burning, bushfire ecology, bushfire preparedness and how fires can impact our native wildlife.
The first of these National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) -funded workshops recently took place at Gumbaynggirr Giingana Freedom School, delivered by Nathan Brennan from Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, as well as our very own Jamie Bertram from NSW RFS.
Further information on the workshops can be found on this article by the National Emergency Management Agency: https://nema.gov.au/stories/bushfire-recovery-workshops