Cultural managements

Aboriginal cultural fire in Tasmania

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister of Parks

The Liberal Government of Tasmania is providing $1.3 million in the Tasmanian Budget 2022-2023 for Aboriginal Cultural Burning in Tasmania to support joint land management outcomes between the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and peoples Tasmanian Aborigines.

The funding provided will enable the PWS to employ Indigenous Engagement Officers to ensure the success of the cultural burn programme, support engagement activities between the PWS and Indigenous peoples and organizations in Tasmania, and identify areas conducive to cultural burning.

Aboriginal cultural burning practices have been practiced for tens of thousands of years and have helped shape the Tasmanian landscape we know today.

Importantly, this government recognizes that Aboriginal cultural burning in Tasmania is only undertaken by Tasmanian Aborigines.

This is because of the deep and ongoing connection that Tasmanian Aborigines have with their land, including sophisticated land management practices such as cold burning, and the important role this has played in the culture and Tasmanian history.

We want to leverage the deep connection that Tasmanian Aborigines have with this land and share their knowledge of cultural burning practices to help reduce the impact of wildfires, and also bring ecological benefits to Tasmanian landscapes, including including flora and fauna.

These important engagement activities will be supported by the Cultural Burning Policy and Procedures, which are undertaken in consultation with PWS Aboriginal staff and Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples, and will assist Aboriginal community-controlled organizations to undertake cultural burn activities. cultural burn.

This important body of work is currently undergoing consultation with Indigenous peoples and organizations in Tasmania before the PWS undertakes consultation with other stakeholders.

The pilot program in 2021 also included a cultural burn grants program with grants awarded to undertake cultural burns, purchase equipment, travel to burn sites and attend Firestick Alliance training.

I am very pleased to announce that the grant program will continue with the PWS currently undertaking a review of last year’s program to inform the future structure of the program.

I am also pleased to report that the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Fire Management Plan has been finalized. The plan outlines the adaptive management framework that will be used to modify the characteristics and behavior of fuels and to protect the fire-sensitive natural and cultural historic assets that form an important part of our cultural landscape.

This important body of work is available here.

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