To support Tasmanian Aboriginal communities to engage in cultural burning practices and building capacity, applications are now open for the Cultural Burning Grants Program.
The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) acknowledges that Aboriginal cultural burning practices, undertaken for tens of thousands of years, have helped shape the Tasmanian landscape we know today.
In recognising this rich cultural and environmental understanding a $100,000 pilot grants program has been established.
The Cultural Burning Grants Program follows the appointment of three new specialist Aboriginal positions within the Parks and Wildlife Service to further strengthen our understanding of, and practice in, land management and cultural burning methods, and the impact of fire on Aboriginal heritage.
An Aboriginal representative is also on the Statewide Fuel Reduction Steering Committee, providing advice on fire management practices.
The Cultural Burning Grant funds can be used for planning and undertaking cultural burns and associated land management activities; the acquisition of equipment and resources to support cultural burning; or the training of staff to build capacity in cultural burning.
For information about the Cultural Burning Grants Program, visit www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/cultural-burning-grants or contact (03) 6165 4329 (business hours only).
Applications close at noon on 10 May 2021.