Until recently many Aboriginal people were denied access to their ancestral lands and the opportunities to manage Country in a way that preserves and enhances its cultural and ecological values and connectivity. This situation is changing with the creation of Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) around Australia including in North Eastern New South Wales, where Aboriginal land managers are directly involved in […]
On the 2nd of October the final long-term research plot at Minyumai IPA was successfully burnt by the IPA rangers with assistance from Ngulingah LALC rangers and the Woodburn Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigade. The ranger teams have gained valuable experience over the last six months in conducting bio-cultural burns on Firesticks partner properties across […]
Just as Goori people and their ancestors have done for generations, they gathered to share knowledge and maintain connections to country alongside neighbouring clans. The Dorrobbee Grasslands remain a meeting place on ancient pathways that connect landscapes, places, people, plants and animals.
During the gathering a cultural burn was applied to the Grasslands. It was collaboratively […]
Firesticks project partners met at Wattleridge IPA located near Guyra on the New England Tablelands on the 12th, 13th and 14th of October for our bi-annual meeting. The meeting was well attended by rangers from Wattleridge IPA, Minyumai IPA, Boorabee and the Willows IPA, Ngulingah LALC and Casino Boolangle LALC. Representatives from the NSW Rural Fire Service […]
On the 24th September a prescribed burn was undertaken at Dobies Bight property an area of land owned by Casino Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC). The total area of the property is 28.7Ha and although it’s relatively small in size it represents a significant refuge for wildlife across a largely fragmented landscape. The property contains […]
A brief survey focusing on small terrestrial mammal and micro-bat species was undertaken in the Nimbin Rocks area, north-eastern NSW between 18 and 22 May 2015. Threatened species from some other vertebrate groups were also targeted and opportunistic observations of additional vertebrate species recorded. The primary aim of the survey was to target difficult to […]
On the 14th of May rangers from Ngunya Jargoon and Ngulingah assisted Minyumai Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) rangers to successfully carry out prescribed cultural burns on Minyumai plots D and G (see map). To assist with these prescribed burns a fire contracting team Fireland Consultancy from Brisbane (Fireland) and Firesticks staff provided operational fire support, […]
The Firesticks Regional Working Group meeting (RWG) was held between 24-26th February 2015 and kindly hosted by Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) in Lismore. The purpose of the RWG meeting was to build a cohesive burn schedule for the coming season and address environmental approval issues that have been stalling the implementation of burns […]
Rangers from Ngulingah are participating in Firesticks training activities and workshops. Through attending Firesticks workshops the rangers are considering implementing strategic burns across their properties to assist with both weed suppression and protection of key cultural sites. The Bundjalung people are the original custodians of the northern coastal areas of NSW and this area continues […]
After considerable planning and effort put in by both the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Nature Conservation Council (NCC) the Basic Firefighter Course was held at Yarrawarra Cultural Centre in May 2014. It was a week of two way learning. A great opportunity to share stories and get to know each other.
Images by Dave Curry.