The Firesticks Project aims to re-invigorate the use of cultural burning by facilitating cultural learning pathways. Working within 6,700 hectares of Aboriginal owned lands on the NSW north coast and tablelands; Firesticks is using integrated fire, weed and pest management strategies to enhance ecosystem health, habitat condition and connectivity. Importantly, this project is enabling and empowering Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities to work collectively towards resilient landscapes.
Firesticks is seeking to help identify, strengthen and in some landscapes re-instate knowledge systems and management practices such as burning strategies which result in the protection, replenishment and/or expansion of native species of cultural and ecological importance (e.g. bush foods).
Project Partners include Boorabee and the Willows, Wattleridge, Minyumai and Ngunya Jargoon Indigenous Protected Areas; Gugin Gudduba, Ngulingah, Casino Boolangle Aboriginal Land Councils; the Office of Environment and Heritage; University of Technology, Sydney, Nature Conservation Council of NSW and with valued support from the North Coast Local Land Services and the NSW Rural Fire Service.
This project is in the third year, of 5 years approved funding. All assessments have taken place and are up to on-site actions.
“Aboriginal people’s living knowledge systems can help support contemporary fire management concerns facing our society and environment.I see Firesticks as a way to build stories, share the relationship and meaning of fire, people and country and to explore the common ground on how burning makes us all feel. Collectively people and country can teach us this.” -Oliver Costello, Firesticks Coordinator
For More information go to www.firesticks.org.au