It’s been a busy period for the Hotspots team having worked with 15 regional communities over the past 6 months - Corindi, Dundurrabin, Upper Lansdowne, Kulnura, Mount White, Summer Hill, Little Forest and Bombay to name a few. There have been many highlights on the way including positive landholder feedback on the ‘great merits’ of Hotspots to support better property burning practices, working with Indigenous communities within culturally significant landscapes through to being part of a broader collaboration of survey work and fire management planning for the nationally endangered Hastings River mouse.
As we continue to expand our delivery regions, we are looking forward to working in the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority (CMA) shortly. The Lachlan will make our seventh CMA that Hotspots is now established in (the others being the Northern Rivers, Namoi, Hunter-Central Rivers, Central West, Hawkesbury-Nepean and the Southern Rivers CMAs).
Hotspots is most pleased to be an important partner to various additional fire related collaborations that are emerging in the regions, including the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, Macquarie University’s National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) and the Firesticks Project to name a few. These promising programs will provide innovative ways in which communities can actively participate in fire management for biodiversity, cultural and risk based values.
As always, the Hotspots team would like to hear from you… please forward your feedback, and be part of our regular “have your say” article.
The Hotspots Team