- Wednesday 08 September 2021
In late August I attended a fantastic workshop designed to explore how to incorporate cultural burning knowledge into planned burn practices at Tuan Reserve, Platz Rd, Kenilworth.
Traditional Owner knowledge and caring for country through fire management was showcased at this cultural burning workshop held on Kabi Kabi Country.
Representatives from Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Traditional Owners, Sunshine Coast Council fire crew, and Indigenous fire rangers from across South East Queensland (Warinya, Gardigal, Bunya Mts and Butchulla) attended the workshop facilitated by the National Indigenous Firesticks Alliance. The cultural burn which was led by the traditional owners is a significant milestone for reconciliation and sustainable land management on the Sunshine Coast.
This project was jointly funded by Council’s operational bushland management program and the Australian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Package for wildlife and their habitat.
The three-day event which included a cultural day followed by fire on the ground and monitoring, was held at Tuan Environment Reserve overlooking the Mary River. Tuan reserve is a 200ha site which was acquired through council’s Environment Levy to support a broader plan to build a wildlife corridor that connects the Kondalilla National Park to the Conondale National Park – a great example of council’s commitment to protecting, preserving and enhancing our natural environment.
Environment Levy Partnership Funding
Nineteen Sunshine Coast environmental community groups can continue to focus on their core work of caring for our precious wildlife and stunning natural environment, thanks to a three-year grant from Council’s Environment Levy Partnership Funding Program.
The groups will share in $610,000 each year for the next three years, subject to completing a yearly progress report and the adoption of Council’s annual Environment Levy budget.
The three-year partnership provides certainty for the groups, enabling them to engage in longer-term planning and capacity building.
I’m pleased to advise that Mary River Catchment Coordination Association (MRCCC) has been approved for a three-year partnership with council, receiving $201,000 across the next three years. The MRCCC has been operating within the Mary River catchment since 1993. The group aims to achieve an informed community with an ethic of care for exceptional land and water management by supporting the development of on-ground projects, providing activities/events/materials and sharing knowledge.