Fire management workshop at Pottsville on Friday 11 March

A free workshop covering appropriate fire management for biodiversity and vegetation will be held at Pottsville Environmental Park on Friday 11 March from 9.30am to 3pm.

Fire for Healthy Habitats workshops are being held in six Northern Rivers council areas, to build community knowledge and capacity in appropriate fire use to protect and enhance biodiversity.

Guest speakers Mark Graham from the Nature Conservation Council and Andy Baker from Wildsite Ecological will cover a range of topics including:

  • the use of fire and fire ecology concepts
  • local vegetation types and the impact of too much or too little fire
  • case studies for selected threatened communities and fauna and the impact of fire regimes on their survival

Council’s Bushland Officer will be on hand to outline the approval process for lighting fires and obligations under the Rural Fires Act for all rural landowners, such as site preparation, notification of neighbours and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) before lighting up, and compliance with notices such as Total Fire Ban days. Burning in urban areas is not permitted and this will also be covered.

“Managing fire is an important part of better protecting your assets, managing the land and increasing biodiversity,” Tweed Landcare Officer Jude Mason said.

“This workshop will explore local vegetation types and their associated fire regimes, local and relevant threatened species and their response to fire, as well as approval processes and permits.

“Presentations will explore current fire-related projects, research and planning, from a local landholders perspective,” she said.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided on the day and bookings are essential. Participants can register before Wednesday 9 March by contacting Jude Mason on (02) 6670 2199 on Tuesdays and Thursdays or emailing The Pottsville Environmental Park is on Centennial Drive, Pottsville.

The workshops are part of the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (NRFABCON) Strategic Plan and are a joint initiative between Tweed Shire Council, the NSW Government, National Landcare Program, Nature Conservation Council and Landcare and funded through the National Landcare Program 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants.