Fire Country – how Indigenous fire management could help save Australia

Victor Steffensen’s new book ‘Fire Country’ published by Hardie Grant is now available. ‘Fire Country’ is about Indigenous land management practices and a powerful account of First Nation people’s connection Country. There is a marked difference between Aboriginal fire management and hazard reduction, Victor explains how the two systems differ in an edited extract below.

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April 20th, 2020|Categories: News|

Fighting Fire With Fire Australian Story ABC Television

Elders Dr’s Tommy George and George Musgrave from Cape York entrusted Victor Steffensen with the ancient knowledge of cultural burning. This method of fire management used by generations of Indigenous people could be the answer to Australia’s bushfire threat. Australian Story broadcast on Monday 13th of April tells the story of the beginning of Firesticks.

“When we burn […]

April 16th, 2020|Categories: News, Tarriwa-Kurrukun|

Cultural burning benefits the totemic echidna at Wattleridge Indigenous Protected Area

Collaborative research supported by the Firesticks Alliance was published in international scientific journal Human Ecology in December. Co-authors the Banbai Rangers, Lesley Patterson (Banbai Elder), Michelle McKemey (PhD candidate UNE), Oliver Costello (Firesticks), Emilie Ens (Macquarie University), Nick Reid, John Hunter, Mal Ridges and Cara Miller (UNE) produced the paper entitled Cross-cultural monitoring of a cultural […]

Good Fire for Country Community Event

On February 5th at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall the Firesticks Alliance will be hosting GOOD FIRE FOR COUNTRY, an evening of short films and discussion on Indigenous Cultural Fire and ecological management. We are creating an opportunity for the public to learn more about the work we do, the benefits of reinstating cultural burning on Country and […]

January 30th, 2020|Categories: News|

Cultural Burning on Yuin Country South Coast NSW

Check out this story featuring Uncle Noel Webster Yuin man and Firesticks Alliance cultural fire practitioner from the South Coast of NSW in the National Indigenous Times, written by Rachael Knowles.

Noel Webster says “All the current fire regime and practices are based upon scientific methodology, then we have Indigenous fire methodology that is about reading […]

January 15th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Indigenous leaders say Australia’s bushfire crisis shows approach to land management failing

Check out this interview with Victor Steffensen talking about the need for more Fire Practitioners on Country. “People need to be on country. Looking after the land is a full time job, not a seasonal job”.

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November 29th, 2019|Categories: News|

Thank you to the Yorta Yorta people, the hosts of the National Indigenous Fire Workshop 2019

Gulpa Gaka Anganya Gaka Yawal Ngulla Yenbena Yorta Yorta Woka
Welcome friend – Come walk with us the people on Yorta Yorta Country
The Firesticks Alliance wish to thank the Yorta Yorta people, the Traditional Owners, for hosting and welcoming the National Indigenous Fire Workshop to their Woka (Country) at Barmah National Park, Victoria from the 3-7th June 2019. […]

June 12th, 2019|Categories: National Indigenous Fire Workshop Dhungala 2019, News|


Welcome to RIGHT COUNTRY – RIGHT FIRE, a podcast about how Australia’s Indigenous people use fire to care for country.
For tens of thousands of years, fire has been used as a medicine for the earth – the right fire in the right place at the right time can restore environmental balance.

The early European settlers brought […]

May 9th, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

National Indigenous Fire Workshop Dhungala 2019 on Yorta Yorta Woka

The Firesticks Alliance, Yorta Yorta people and National Indigenous Fire Workshop partners are pleased to announce tickets are on sale now for the National Indigenous Fire Workshop Dhungala 2019

Dhungala National Indigenous Fire Workshop, 4-7 June 2019, On Yorta Yorta Woka (Yorta Yorta Country) on Dhungala (Murray River)
The National Indigenous Fire Workshop is a celebration of cultural fire knowledge and practice. This year’s […]

March 18th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

National Indigenous Fire Workshop 2018 at Bundanon- Report and Video online now

On 12-15 July 2018, the four-day 2018 National Indigenous Fire Workshop was held at Bundanon property in Yuin Country on the New South Wales South Coast. Participants came from as far north as Napranum, Cape York in northern Queensland to Truwana in Tasmania, and from as far west as the APY Lands in Central Australia.

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December 19th, 2018|Categories: News|