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Groundswell Webinar

Lille Madden curated and led the webinar hosted by Groundswell’s Arielle Gamble, with leading contemporary artist and researcher Jonathan Jones, and Oliver Costello co-founder of Firesticks Alliance in a conversation about Indigenous fire and land management.

The webinar called In conversation: Indigenous Fire and Land Management was the first webinar hosted by Groundswell a Giving Circle created in response to the Climate […]

June 20th, 2020|Categories: News|

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: , , |

Cultural Burning helps protect home in Hunter Valley

Aboriginal cultural fire practitioner Dennis Barber led a series of cultural burns on six hectares of bushland at Ngurrumpaa in 2015 and 2016 – the first burns in the area since a wildfire swept through in 1994.

A former park ranger with 15 years’ professional firefighting experience, Mr Barber says he had a “light bulb moment” […]

January 7th, 2020|Categories: News|

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|

RIGHT COUNTRY – RIGHT FIRE: Podcast Series

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: |