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Aboriginal Cultural Burning

For thousands of years, the Aboriginal people of Australia have been following their cultural practices including the use of fire to care for their Country.

‘Cultural Burning’ is a contemporary term used to define this traditional practice. Cultural Burning practices were developed by Aboriginal people to enhance the health of the land and its people. It includes burning (or prevention of burning) for the health of particular plants and animals. It may involve patch burning to create different fire intervals or be used specifically for fuel and hazard reduction purposes. Fire may be used to gain better access to country, to clean up important pathways, control invasive weeds or to maintain cultural responsibilities.

Cultural Burning involves the application of culturally informed knowledge and ecologically sensitive techniques in the use of fire that are appropriate for the diverse range of landscapes and ecosystems that exist in Australia.

Koori Country Firesticks Aboriginal Corporation is an organisation that practices and passes on the knowledge of traditional burning and reviving these ancient techniques of caring for Country (Our Mother Earth) in NSW. This knowledge and these skills have been shared by Aboriginal Elders of Country where the traditions of burning have been handed down by their ancestors.

To find out more, follow the links to the Koori Country Firesticks website and their facebook page.

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