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In March & April of 2017 eight of Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council members undertook training for Basic Firefighting with the Rural Fire Service. This training was provided through Gulaga/Biamanga Joint Board of management and the Rural Fire Service at Bellbrook farm Tilba.
All eight received the certificates and it was a very proud moment for those members and Wagonga LALC.
Since then our crew has been actively involved in workshops provided by LLS (Local Land Services) & the Hotspots program with (RFS) Rural Fire Service, using traditional fire management.
Participants had the pleasure & expertise of Victor Steffensen from Cape York.
Victor explained the methods used from his country in using traditional fire burning to clean our country and regenerate the whole eco-system, with the assistance of him, NSW Rural Fire Service, Phil Paterson, Rod Mason and Local Land Services Dan Morgan, on the 4th May 2018, Wagonga’s trained crew conducted the first burn on a Wagonga Land Council Property in Narooma.
This was an historical moment for us and we had members join for the burn form Eden & Bega LALCS.
Wagonga LALCS second burn was on the 22nd & 23rd May 2018, at Paradise Point in Narooma, Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council Member’s, NSW Rural Fire Service & The Natural Conservation of NSW staff participated in a 2 day Hotspot project at Paradise Point Hotspots Projects help’s to build Skills & Confidence in Community to Effectively Manage Fire on Country.
Supervised by the RFS Hotspot program. Many thanks to the RFS for assisting us and making this burn very successful the crew was joined by other members of our community, who are looking forward to completing their BFF training later this year.
Looking after country has been very gratifying and it’s been great to see the outcomes after the burns. It’s our responsibility to look after our country and our land council is very proud of our young people that have embraced their culture and heritage by helping required their lands.
We are currently participating in another burn at Barragoot in Bermagui, which is in Biamanga National Park, this has been organised by the National Parks team at Narooma and led by Paul Brown based at the Tanja Depot, Our crew have been briefed and weather permitting a this Cultural burn will take place on the 6th June 2018, we will post updates in the near future.
The Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council Fire crew are proud to participate in the 1st ever cultural burn that will be implemented in a National parks property in NSW.