Reviving Indigenous burning practices in a changed landscape: Community search conference

Friday 30 November 9am-5pm.
Newstead Community Centre, 9 Lyons Street, Newstead
All welcome. Free event but please book your place by Monday 26 November via Eventbrite.

DELWP Planned Burn: Burn undertaken according to traditional Indigenous methods. (Photo Julie Millowick)

How we manage fire is an important conversation for rural and bush communities. What can we learn from how Aboriginal people used fire? Are those techniques applicable today in local landscapes that have changed a lot over the last 200 years?

At this one-day event we will discuss how we can connect Indigenous fire traditions with current approaches to fuel reduction and planned burns to shape new ways to protect our landscape and communities.

This event is for everyone with an interest in this topic: community, government, academics, researchers.

Three panel sessions will explore:

  • What we know about the history and traditions of Indigenous burning in our area?
  • How we might adapt Indigenous fire management practices to today’s landscape?
  • What about perceptions of risk?

And thinking locally, we will explore how rebuilding knowledge and practice of Aboriginal burning methods might help us manage fire risk into the future. If so, what would a process of learning look like? What resources, capacity building, monitoring and other support will be needed?

Budj Bim Rangers – Josh Ferguson (left) & Sean Bell (right): Cultural burn on the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Kurtonitj property (South-West Victoria)

Talking Fire is a community initiative designed to create different kinds of community conversations about fire.

For more information go to Talking Fire on Facebook or our website or drop us a line at newsteadtalkingfire@gmail.com. You can also read about the 2016 Talking Fire event.

This project is supported by the Mount Alexander Shire Council Community Grants Program.