Jacquie Petrusma, Minister of Parks and Minister of Police, Firefighters and Emergency Services,
The Tasmanian Liberal government recognizes that the burning practices of Indigenous cultures, undertaken for tens of thousands of years, have helped shape the Tasmanian landscape as we know it today.
Today I had the privilege of attending a cultural burning workshop organized by the South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation. This workshop was an educational exercise which was also attended by members of the Tasmanian Fire Department and the Parks and Wildlife Service.
The Tasmanian community can learn a lot from the Aborigines of Tasmania because of their deep connection to our land and landscape, including sophisticated land management practices such as cold burning and the important role this has played in culture and the history of Tasmania.
The TFS is responsible for the statewide fuel reduction program, and today’s event helps train TFS staff in Indigenous cultural burning practices.
As part of the Government of Tasman’s commitment to cultural burn in Tasmania, the Parks and Wildlife Service has employed three new Native Cultural Burn specialists, including an Aboriginal Burn Project Manager, to support the policy development and program management with two indigenous fire specialists. Forest rangers will work with communities to identify potential cultural burn sites.
Recently, Indigenous Rangers from the Parks and Wildlife Service undertook the first cultural burn as part of this program in Dempster Plains in remote northwest Tasmania.
In addition to the new roles of Aboriginal fire warden employees, the government has also committed $ 100,000 in grants to ensure the success and delivery of this important program.
The funding for the cultural burn subsidy is intended to support activities related to the burn, with the funds earmarked for the supply of equipment, travel costs to get to the burn sites, as well as funding to support the burn. cultural burning training.
Ten grant applications of up to $ 10,000 each were approved for:
· The Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council, which was successful in obtaining 3 grants;
· The Karadi Aboriginal Corporation, obtaining 2 grants;
· The Aboriginal Corporation melythina tiakana warrana, with 1 grant;
· The South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation obtaining 2 grants; and
· The Tasmanian Aboriginal Center with 2 scholarships.
The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service is also working closely with Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania to collaborate with Aboriginal fire practitioners and Tasmanian Aborigines to develop a PWS Cultural Burning Policy for Tasmania.
We recognize the rich cultural and environmental understanding of the Aborigines of Tasmania and the importance of restoring cultural burning practices in Tasmania as part of our overall fire management strategy.
The Cultural Burning Program is a first for Tasmania and the government will ensure collaboration and continued engagement with the Aborigines of Tasmania to implement cultural land management practices as a path to achieving joint land management. .