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Supporting Indigenous fire management

Hunter Local Land Services is supporting Local Aboriginal Land Councils and land managers to develop firefighting skills and traditional burning techniques to manage their land and implement hazard reduction burns.

Ten Aboriginal land management team members from the Hunter region received TAFE certificates for basic firefighting training they completed with the Rural Fire Service in April.

This was followed by an Indigenous fire management workshop in May, attended by 150 people, including Local Aboriginal Land Councils, community and government representatives. The forum was led by Indigenous fire practitioner, Victor Steffensen, who conducted a cultural burn on day two, a practice which participants said had not been seen in the Hunter for hundreds of years.

The training and the forum are part of a five-year plan to assist Local Aboriginal Land Councils and not for profits develop bushfire management plans, incorporating Aboriginal firestick knowledge, while creating employment opportunities for Aboriginal land management teams in our region.

For more information contact Toby Whaleboat on 4930 1030.