The fantastic cultural burning program in the Grampians region’s Wimmera fire district continued in 2020-21.
Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC), supported by FFMVic staff, delivered burns at Brynterion State Forest and Arapiles (Dyurrit Walpa) with the valuable support and participation of Aboriginal community youth members who attended through the Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative.
The youth participants attended BGLC’s Walpa Gunga Dya-Dalk (Right Burning to Make Country Good) cultural burning workshop led by Wotjobaluk fire practitioners. They were taught traditional burning methods at the two sites.
By sharing cultural knowledge and healing Country, the burns aimed to support Traditional Owners to manage their Country, re-establishing native grasses and other native food species, and increasing their densities at the two sites.
Cultural burning introduces fire into the landscape in a slow, cool, careful way. Native species that require fire to flourish respond well to this way of burning, while it helps to manage invasive weed species that are ill-adapted to fire.
The Brynterion State Forest site has been part of this cultural burning program for two years. The positive effects on local native flora are already evident, with a noticeable increase in native mint populations and several types of native grass (such as Wallaby grass and Spear grass) as well as consistent reductions in invasive, overly abundant wild oats.
Cultural burning is an integral part of the Wimmera fire district’s fire management program, and FFMVic will continue to proudly support BGLC in growing the program next year and beyond.
‘This native mint would have once been used as a food and medicinal source, so seeing it increase in abundance through these traditional burning activities is a welcome sight.’
— Damien Skurrie, NRM Program Manager, BGLC and Wotjobaluk Traditional Owner
Barengi Gadjin Land Council, supported by FFMVic staff, have undertaken burns at Brynterion State Forest and Arapiles (Dyurrit Walpa), Photo credit: Holly Robson, DELWP
Page last updated: 23/12/21