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 the right fire in the right ecosystems, we enhance our native vegetation,” Victor says. “I’ve done burns all over the country and seen the improvements in landscapes and there are even places where the last wildfire went and didn’t burn our cultural burn areas. The fires went out and went around them.”

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Feature image by Greg Nelson.