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Cultural burning demonstration workshop

In coastal heath and wetland habitats of the Tweed Shire Council area, Madhima Gulgan Community Association (MGCA) are using traditional land management practices such as controlled burning to help control weeds, encourage natural regeneration and reinvigorate culture. MGCA are hosting a cultural burning demonstration workshop at Pottsville Environment Park on 17 May with other partners including the Firesticks Alliance and the Rural Fire Service.

North Coast Local Land Services has been funding MGCA’s Aboriginal bush regeneration team to carry out environmental restoration works across five different land tenures. MGCA have partnered with Tweed Byron Aboriginal Land Council, Tweed Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, National Parks & Wildlife Service and North of New Brighton Dunecare to undertake bush regeneration work in highly significant environmental and cultural landscapes.

The project is supported by North Coast Local Land Services with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and Catchment Action NSW.

Shane Ivey, project facilitator with MGCA said, “Our bush regeneration team is carrying out weed control and revegetation by combining bush regeneration techniques and traditional land management practices.

“These works are developing meaningful working relationships with stakeholders and continuity of employment to allow community to work in natural areas that would otherwise stay weed dominated.” Shane said.

The project covers improvement of 28 hectares of native habitat, including rainforest, native cypress woodland, wetlands and heath, across five sites starting in the Tweed at Fingal Spit, Pottsville Environment Park and in the Byron shire at Billinudgel Nature Reserve, Marshall’s Creek Nature Reserve and the coastal reserve between South Golden Beach and New Brighton.

If you are interested in participating in the 17 May cultural burning demonstration workshop or would like more information about the event contact Shane Ivey, by email  or by phone 6684 6294.

For further information about the Working on Country project please contact Jai Sleeman by email.

Media contact:             Jai Sleeman, Senior Land Services Officer
Phone: 6623 3917 or 0428 400 984

Image caption:
Madhima Gulgan Community Association bush regenerator team after replanting littoral rainforest at North New Brighton.