After months of planning and training, on the 4th April 2017 Victorian Aboriginal Traditional Owners completed a traditional burn at Bakers Lane Reserve in Teesdale. It was an incredible display of knowledge sharing with fire demonstrations in both the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Aboriginal styles.
‘Wiyn-murrup yangarramela’, meaning ‘fire spirit comes back’ in Wadawurrung language, is a program that recognises the strong socio-cultural needs of Traditional Owners and Aboriginal people in Victoria to connect with Country through fire practice. Such practice provides a means of fulfilling cultural obligations to manage Country, as well as a way of maintaining wellbeing through traditions associated to the cleansing and healing of country through the appropriate use of fire.
The program is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, and is a joint project led by the Corangamite CMA with Traditional Owners Wadawurrung, Aboriginal community members of the region, Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Golden Plains Shire, Country Fire Authority, Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and Parks Victoria.