A joint decision has been made to reschedule the Trident Arm planned burn, following a meeting today between senior leaders of Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) and Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC).

A joint decision has been made to reschedule the Trident Arm planned burn, following a meeting today between senior leaders of Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) and Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC).

Both parties remain committed to the joint delivery of this planned burn in the months ahead. Additional time will be taken to review the ecological values and intangible cultural values evident on the site.

FFMVic is committed to hearing the voice of Traditional Owners through GLaWAC to ensure they provide significant input into how Country is managed with the support of all joint managers.

FFMVic employs values checking systems for every scheduled burn as a part of our Joint Fuel Management Plan.

The Trident Arm planned burn has a list of identified cultural and biodiversity values. FFMVic’s awareness of these values underpins our confidence in delivering this burn to protect these values for the long-term.

FFMVic Gippsland Deputy Chief Fire Officer Geoff Conway said:

“Forest Fire Management Victoria has worked with Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and other Traditional Owners over many years as part of the Joint Fuel Management Planning process.

"Following our meeting this morning to discuss this planned burn in greater detail, we have committed to further assessment of the site values. We will continue to engage with GLaWAC in the planning and delivery of our fuel management program and build on our collaborative approach for consultation.”

CEO for Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) Roger Fenwick said:

“GLaWAC have spent years building our involvement in fire practices, working hard to influence the way Country is cared for. We all know we have to continue to improve the involvement Traditional Owners in management decisions on Country.

"We’re pleased that Forest Fire Management are continuing to talk directly to our crews and our leadership group about planned burns on Country.”