Please join us for this seminar hosted by the Deakin Science and Society Network (SSN) and supported by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.

Title: Present and Future Directions for Cultural Fire

Date/time: Thursday 11th June, 4:00-5:15pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time, GMT+10)

Abstract: Aboriginal communities, land and fire management agencies and researchers across the humanities and sciences often agree that greater engagement and partnership with Aboriginal peoples is not just the right thing to do but could also beneficially change how we all coexist with bushfire in southeast Australia. For some time, practical progress in relationships between these agencies and Aboriginal communities issues have been undermined by limited understandings of Aboriginal peoples’ rights and interests, however there are recent positive signs of improvement, such as the Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Strategy and the fact that more cultural burns are occurring. Now, following the 2019-2020 Black Summer fires, there is heightened interest in how Aboriginal peoples' fire management knowledge and practices can be supported by land and fire management agencies and others to better manage the increasing threat of bushfires. This event will bring together a panel of speakers with a range of experiences in these matters to discuss the present and possible futures of cultural fire and cultural burning in southeast Australia, including opportunities for better partnership between agencies, Aboriginal communities researchers and others.
Speakers: Bhiamie Williamson (ANU), Scott Falconer (DELWP), Minda Murray (ANU) and Matt Shanks (FVTOC)

Chair: Timothy Neale (ADI, Deakin University)

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Dr Timothy Neale
Senior Research Fellow
Deakin University, Burwood, Australia