Talking Fire: Community conversations on fire

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?

Join the Newstead community for two events this November:

Returning cultural burning to Country – Djandak Wi
Thursday 29 November 7.30pm. Newstead Community Centre (9 Lyons Street, Newstead). All welcome, no booking required.

Come and hear Scott Falconer (Assistant Chief Fire Officer with FFMVic) share his experience in the United States and Canada where he explored the involvement of Indigenous people in land and fire management. Scott’s research was supported through The Lord Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal Churchill Fellowship. He was accompanied by Trent Nelson, Dja Dja Wurrung man and Parks Victoria Ranger Team Leader for part of the research trip. Read more here …

Scott Falconer (DELWP)

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.

Join expert panellists and local community to explore how we might combine Western and Indigenous fire practice and knowledge in our local landscapes. 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. Read more here …

Rangers cultural burning on the Kurtonitj Indigenous Protected Area (IPA)

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For more information go to Talking Fire on Facebook, our website https://talkingfire.org/ or drop us a line newsteadtalkingfire@gmail.com

Talking Fire is a community initiative designed to create different kinds of community conversations about fire. These events are supported via the Mount Alexander Shire Council Community Grants Program.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Planned Burn in the Happy Tommy Track area at Maryborough – burn undertaken according to traditional indigenous methods. Photo courtesy of Julie Millowick.

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