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Fire for Healthy Habitats and Safe Communities – Workshop for Nimbin landholders

Thinking about burning-off on your property this winter? You might like to consider more than just asset protection. A workshop to be held at Nimbin Town Hall on Friday, 1 June from 10am-2.30pm; will introduce landholders to the idea of fire for biodiversity and how to integrate the needs of native plants and animals with future plans for fire.

Hosted by the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium Inc. for Lismore City Council, the workshop is free to any landholders within the Nimbin area with an interest in using fire as a land management tool.

According to Wendy Neilan, Environmental Strategies Officer at Lismore City Council, the workshop is designed to bring information to the community and improve understanding of fire management so that people can make informed choices about how they apply fire to their property.

“It’s about empowering people with knowledge to make safe, ecologically-appropriate and sustainable decisions,” says Wendy.

The workshop features presentations from local experts including rainforest botanist – Rob Kooyman, fire ecologist – Andy Baker, and fauna expert – Dave Milledge.

Topics include forest types, appropriate fire regimes, plant and animal responses to fire and decisions around where fire is excluded.

Regional NSW Rural Fire Service will be attending to speak on bushfire risk, community protection and property fire planning as well as approvals, permits and Rural Fire Service Support.

“While the workshop’s focus is on fire and habitat; protection of life, property and community safety are an important part of the equation” says Wendy.

“Protecting the environment and your home, lifestyle and agricultural productivity are not mutually exclusive decisions.”

“There will be something of benefit for all landholders attending this workshop regardless of whether or not they intend to burn,” she says.

The program will also cover cultural burning methods, how that approach can be applied to help recover habitat and threatened species, and the importance of cultural burning as a way for Aboriginal people to strengthen connections with country and regain knowledge.

The workshop concludes with a short question and answer session following a small group discussion time after lunch.

“This means that workshop participants will have a chance to ask all those remaining burning questions by the time we finish at 2.30pm.

Fire for Healthy Habitats and Safe Communities Workshop, Nimbin Town Hall, 1 June from 10am-2.30pm, free entry, light lunch provided, registrations essential.

To book phone 1300 87 83 87.