An innovative project empowering landholders and authorities with plans for protecting their property from fire, while incorporating the environmental needs of bushland areas will be discussed at a bushfire information workshop at Central Mangrove on Friday 17 April.
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW’s Hotspots Fire Project focuses on effective shared fire management planning and collaboration within communities, between agencies and across landscapes. The project’s proactive approaches to fire management for the protection of life, property and the environment will become increasingly important as the rules applied in the past change under climate change.
“Many areas of Australia can expect an increase in bushfire activity and the number of days when fire danger ratings are very high to extreme as the impacts of climate change take hold,” the
Nature Conservation Council’s Hotspots Strategist Waminda Parker said today.
“Now more than ever, it is important that landholders and local authorities work together
strategically to prepare well for fire.
“Hotspots Fire Project participants attend a series of workshops aimed at giving them tools to help
protect farm assets, homes and the diversity of native plants and animals on their land.
“They work with local authorities, such as the Rural Fire Service, on developing and implementing detailed fire management plans for their property. By understanding the ecology of their property, landholders can manage fire to help protect all their assets, including their homes, productive farmland and the diversity of native plants and animals.
“Planning across a number of properties or at a landscape level can help create a mosaic of vegetation in different stages of post-fire development, providing a variety of food and shelter sources for native animals,” Ms Parker said.
What: Information workshop on the ecological role of fire in our ecosystems. Hosted by Land
for Wildlife, Community Environment Network.
Speakers: Hotspots Fire Project Coordinator Sally Hunt, representatives from Gosford City
Council and the Rural Fire Service and more
When: Fri 17 April, 2009. 9.45am – 1.30pm.
Where: Mangrove Mountain Memorial Golf Club, Hallards Road Central Mangrove