BURNING MATTERS, LET’S GET THE ROADS BURNT AGAIN

Sep 23, 2021Biodiversity, Uncategorized

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) and Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (GHCMA) are partnering with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to host a free online event for CFA Volunteers and interested community members. 

This event has been designed to inform the community about native grasslands’ value, and the vital role fire plays in enhancing biodiversity and reducing risk to communities. 

This free online event is open to all CFA volunteers and interested community members. It will be hosted on Wednesday the 29th of September from 4:30pm to 6:30pm online via Microsoft Teams. 

The event aims to identify ways that DELWP can support CFA brigades to continue burning. In addition, the event will encourage brigades to burn roads that are identified as a priority for native grasslands.

The event will motivate brigades that don’t have grassland sites to assist the brigades located on the Victorian Volcanic Plains in burning their grassland sites, as this provides an useful training opportunity. The workshop is open to all interested community members who love the grasslands and could play an active role in the CFA.

The online event will feature talks from four experts, Dr John Morgan, Andy Govanstone, Ben Zeeman, and Mark Gubbins. There will also be time allocated for questions and discussion after the presentations. 

Guest presenter Assoc. Prof. John Morgan said, “The great work that volunteer brigades do each summer, burning for fire protection, actually allows these grasslands to retain their natural values. As a result, an amazing array of little plants and animals now survive on roadsides and, for some, it’s the only place we now find them”.

To register your interest in this online event, please register via ammie.jackson@delwp.vic.gov.au. 

This event is supported by Glenelg Hopkins CMA and Corangamite CMA, in partnership with DELWP, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.