The Firesticks initiative believes in a community of practice which allows knowledge to be shared through our stories and practice. The Firesticks movement is supported by the vision of our partners in the funded Nature Conservation Council of NSW Firesticks Project and many other communities, agencies and organisations. Together these supporters make up our community of practice.

We want this community to keep growing. We welcome you as an important part of the community to share your values and your stories. Through this sharing, we can all help each other on the empowering journey of cultural burning.

Firesticks Community of Practice

  • Casino-Boolangle Local Aboriginal Land Council
    The Casino Boolangle LALC Lands consist of four discrete properties totaling approximately 250 hectares. Located within the nationally significant Bungawalbin catchment, this catchment supports the largest complex of floodplain habitats in northeast NSW and is a key link between coastal habitats at Minyumai Indigenous Protected Area, Bundjalung National Park and the Richmond Range World Heritage Area to the west. The Casino Boolangle LALC has acquired a number of bush land properties over recent years which hold cultural and ecological values. Casino Boolangle LALC hopes these properties will collectively provide places to encourage and support the spiritual, cultural, social, economic and environmental aspirations of the local Bundjalung people.
  • Gugin Gudduba Local Aboriginal Land Council
    Gugin Gudduba LALC lands are approximately 150 hectares and adjoins freehold lands that provide connections to Nightcap and Border Ranges World Heritage Areas and include the distinctive “Helmet” landform which is home of the endangered Eastern Bristle Bird. This area supports highly productive rainforest ecosystems and shrubby and grassy wet sclerophyll forests. Gudgin Gudduba LALC is working towards building the capacity of the local Bundjalung community to manage the diverse natural cultural resources in the area.
  • Kuku Thaypan Fire Management Research Project
    The Kuku-Thaypan Fire Research Project in Lakefield National Park involves fire management research based on traditional knowledge systems. It was developed to support Elders to undertake action research on their own terms. Since the Elders have not had the opportunity to undertake their own burning for a long time, they are now being supported by western research while they reinstate their traditional regimes. The Elders are dealing with a highly modified environment due to contemporary land-use impacts including cattle and feral animal damage; weed invasion; altered vegetation compositions; and poor water management practices. Consequently, they have to adapt the application of their traditional knowledge system to ensure that they create the best outcome in terms of healing the country. This traditional knowledge is being record as they conduct their burning. The Elders are also evaluating the burns of other land managers in the surrounding area, such as those conducted by national park managers and pastoralists. Peta Marie Standley is supporting this work through a PhD project – ‘The Importance of Campfires to Effective Conservation’. For the past thirteen years Peta-Marie Standley (BA Arts Mj Ed. MA Env. Mgt) has worked both in Government and Indigenous organisations in North Queensland focused on Community Natural Resource Management. Her work promotes the use of connected and collective action learning, multiple knowledge sets and collaborative spaces on and off country in undertaking respectful solution generation for solving complex social-environmental problems. For more information see:
  • Minyumai Indigenous Protected Area
    Minyumai covers over 2,100 hectares of paperbark groves and scribbly gum, swamp mahogany and bloodwood forests – as well as rare patches of lush rainforest. Minyumai helps form a crucial wildlife corridor of more than 20,000 hectares as it links Tabbimobile Swamp Nature Reserve with Bundjalung National Park. Its vast areas of native bushland are owned and managed by Bandjalang custodians on behalf of the Bandjalang clan to develop employment enterprises for Bandjalang people, reinforce our unique culture, and look after the area’s abundant native wildlife. For more information see
  • Nature Conservation Council of NSW
    The Nature Conservation Council of NSW Healthy Ecosystems program is working with communities across NSW to work towards ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate natural resource management – having already worked with hundreds of rural landholders and peri-urban households to achieve healthy communities and healthy landscapes. The program operates across tenure and landscapes through a multitude of delivery models ranging from broader landscape consortium frameworks, specific culturally and ecologically connected landscape pathways to individual property planning. For more information see
  • Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council
    Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council is committed to restoring biodiversity and traditional knowledge in the Northern Rivers area of NSW of which the Bundjalung people are the traditional custodians. Predominantly focusing on the Nimbin Rocks area the Working on Country project employs Aboriginal rangers to protect and restore the environmental health of approximately 119 hectares that surround this important cultural site. This area is home to a number of threatened or vulnerable flora as well as being an important habitat for the glossy black cockatoo. The ranger team has been working to remove invasive weeds, propagate and revegetate native plants and establish a demonstration site where the rangers hope to share cultural knowledge with the wider community. Ngulingah LALC also manages and assists other land managers across their region with Cultural Natural resource management projects, including the Dorrobbee Grass Reserve Trust with their Firesticks Dorrobbee Grassland Project.
  • Ngunya Jargoon Indigenous Protected Area
    Stretching over 1,114 hectares of the Lower Richmond Valley on the northern coast of NSW, Ngunya Jargoon Indigenous Protected Area is a refuge for an extraordinary number of plants and animals. Part of the traditional homelands of the Bundjalung people of Ballina and Cabbage Tree Island, Ngunya Jargoon itself is of particular significance to the Nyangbul clan group. For more information see
  • Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium
    The Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (NRFABCON) provides a network for land managers and stakeholders seeking a coordinated, landscape level approach to fire management for biodiversity across the Northern Rivers region. As a key action of the Northern Rivers Regional Biodiversity Management Plan (DECCW NSW 2010), the NRFABCON was formed in August 2011, with its operations focused in the upper north east reaches of the Northern Rivers area of NSW. For more information see
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
    The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is a separate agency within the Planning and Environment cluster. OEH was formed on 4 April 2011 and works to protect and conserve the NSW environment, including the natural environment, Aboriginal country, culture and heritage and our built heritage, and manages NSW national parks and reserves.For more information see
  • Tarriwa-Kurrukun Indigenous Protected Area
    The Tarriwa Kurrukun Indigenous Protected Area covers 930 hectares of wetlands and stringy bark forest, home to an amazing diversity of plants and animals. More than 500 different plant species are found on the property and the diversity of plants is matched by a diversity of animals. Tarriwa Kurrukun means ‘strong one’ in the Banbai Nation language, the traditional owners of this country. The Banbai’s ongoing connection to Tarriwa Kurrukun dates back thousands of years. For more information see the Banbai website here: and more information here:
  • University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
    Jacqueline Gothe, Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication Design UTS, is leading a team of design practitioners and academics who are responding to the communication needs of the Firesticks NCC Project. Jacqueline has collaborated on Indigenous led projects since 1999, with a focus on the communication of cultural values in environmental projects. Projects include design support for Yamakarra Liza Kennedy and the Keewong Mob Western Heritage Group, 2014; Communicating Shared Traditional Knowledge, a partnership between UTS and Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways 2004-2010; a new media project initiated by Land Alive – The Pathway: Building the Track – documenting Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council as it considers BioBanking on a Mill Creek site in Menai. (2010-2012); Kuku Thaypan Fire Management Research Project; Kaltjiti Arts Centre Drawing Exchange; Living Knowledge Place and Firesticks. In this project, Jacqueline is working with Clement Girault, Mitra Gusheh and Lyndal Harris on the design of the website, education packages and video narratives. For more information on research at UTS see The Centre for Contemporary Design Practices (CCDP).
  • Wattleridge Indigenous Protected Area
    Wattleridge lies about 35 kilometres north-east of the New England township of Guyra, and covers 648 hectares of botanically diverse bushland growing on outcropping granite country. As part of the traditional lands of the Banbai community Wattleridge is bounded by the Sara River flowing to the north, the land’s rocky ridges and rolling landscape are separated by forested valley flats, picturesque creeks and tumbling waterfalls and contains the only recorded axe-grinding groove sites and fully recorded art sites in the local area. For more information see the Banbai website here:  and more information here:
  • Willows and the Boorabee Indigenous Protected Area
    Boorabee and The Willows cover 2900 hectares, providing a home for one of Australia’s most iconic species – the koala.The traditional owners of Boorabee and The Willows, the Ngoorabul people, recognise the koala as a totemic species. The place name Boorabee itself is derived from the Ngoorabul word for koala ‘boor-bee’. Today the Ngoorabul community continues this close relationship – maintaining a high-degree of respect for the koala by helping preserve the marsupial’s habitat and monitoring its population. For more information see
  • Yellomundee Firesticks
    Yellomundee Firesticks is a voluntary program based on Traditional Aboriginal Cultural Practice that is intended to complement the work of Yellomundee Bushcare and other contemporary Land Management practices using Culturally Prescribed Fire. Funding for the initial Firesticks workshop and launching of Yellomundee Firesticks was provided by Greater Sydney Local Land Services through Merana Aboriginal Community Association as the applicant. Yellomundee Firesticks acknowledge the work of Yellomundee Bushcare which is a voluntary bush regeneration program that has been operating in Yellomundee Regional Park for a number of years now. We acknowledge the work of Merana Aboriginal Community Association from which Yellomundee Bushcare was created. We also acknowledge the work of Muru Mittigar, Willow Warriors, Bass Fisho’s & Deerubbin LALC who have also been involved in bush regeneration works on this site.


  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services



  • Australian Government Clean Energy Future Biodiversity Fund
    The Firesticks Project: Applying contemporary and Aboriginal fire practices to enhance biodiversity, connectivity and landscape resilience is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future Biodiversity Fund and is being implemented through a partnership with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW