The Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (NRFABCON) is a network of land managers and stakeholders seeking a coordinated, landscape level approach to fire management for biodiversity across the Northern Rivers region. Formed in August 2011, NRFABCON is a key action arising from the Northern Rivers Regional Biodiversity Management Plan (DECCW NSW 2010).
About our network
With an emphasis on the fire-related dynamics of local vegetation types, NRFABCON works across seven local government areas consulting with a broad range of stakeholders to create an efficient and coordinated approach to the use of ecological fire in the landscape. Our members, associates and project partners include State government, local councils and non-government organisations involved in conservation, land and fire management. NRFABCON also works in close cooperation with the South-east Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium.
How we came about
In 2010, Stakeholders from across the Northern Rivers seeking a coordinated and landscape level approach to fire management for biodiversity for the region met to discuss formation of an independent body to consider state-wide fire management planning processes and gaps with respect to processes that address fire and biodiversity management.
By the end of 2011, NRFABCON had formed. Its purpose is to:
What we provide
After several years of operation, NRFABCON has settled into a meaningful and useful role supporting conservaton, land and fire managers. We provide:
Over the last five years, NRFABCON has successfully raised the profile of fire as an ecological management tool for the conservation of biodiversity in the Northern Rivers region. We have developed a Strategic Plan to guide our efforts and our working groups have actively undertaken a number of fire and biodiversity projects with on-ground and policy outcomes. We have collaborated with partners on projects such as:
And, delivered our own projects, including:
NRFABCON also auspices two fire-related projects for member groups:
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 NRFABCON would like to extend its appreciation for previous financial support provided by Northern Coast Local Land Services, Tweed Shire Council, Caring For Our Country, Nature Conservation Council and the Office of Environment and Heritage.