Status: Active

This Consultancy with Firescape Science, establishes initial fire plans and supporting maps to commence a process of annual fire planning and implementation for the following properties: Astrea, Yaraden, Holroyd, Strathburn, Crystalvale and Bamboo. Land managers from the Cape York NRM Region have expressed interest in developing fire management plans in a coordinated manner.

This project is focused on engagement with Nature Refuge landholders to improve fire management across 5 Nature Refuges through the implementation of property level fire management plans, supporting on-ground implementation of the plan and providing support for attendance and training at an indigenous fire workshop.

Training and mentoring will be provided with Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Indigenous and non-Indigenous land managers in East Coast catchments on fire management practices. This training will include mapping and monitoring training with four Indigenous organisations, development of relevant monitoring tools for East Coast fire management and data collection to document on-ground management.

The White Bellied sub-species of the Crimson Finch, Neochmia phaeton evangelinae, and the northern sub-species of the Star Finch, Noechnia ruficauda clarescens have been declining in the Kowanyama region over the last 10 years.
There is a Threatened Species Recovery Plan for these two species.

This programme is delivering natural resource management services that aim to maintain and build ecosystem function and landscape resilience through improved water, soil, fire and integrated pest management.
The 2017 National Indigenous Fire Workshop will be hosted by the Balnggarrawarra Gaarraay Traditional Owners at Melsonby, Cape York July 3rd- 7th 2017.
Information services for Cape York Land Managers: Providing fortnightly fire scar mapping for Cape York and delivering communication products to support interpretation of fire management information at property and regional scale.

Status: Closed

This project partnered with Mulong Pty Ltd to conduct a fire management workshop on Steve Irwin Wildlife Sanctuary (or other suitable location) over five days in July 2014. The project built on Indigenous fire knowledge into land management on Cape York and beyond. The project also supported the establishment of a steering committee for Indigenous fire knowledge holders.

This project involved fire, weed and feral animal management using integrated control techniques which complemented each other. The partnerships formed from the project will have lasting benefits for Gummi Junga by combining traditional knowledge with contemporary methods, and also legislative requirements for looking after country.

The annual Cape York Indigenous Fire Workshop brings many communities as well as multiple agencies and organisations together to help teach them about fire, how they can progress the methodologies used in their own regions for managing fire, and facilitate sharing the knowledge and practices of individuals and organisations between one another.
The Indigenous Fire Workshop for 2015 marks the seventh year of fire workshops on Cape York. This project with Mulong Pty Ltd will conduct the fire management workshop at Mary Valley in 2015 and provided support for the delivery with the logistical requirements that make this event a success
This project sought to continue the trial of traditional fire management techniques on Kins Plain's in order to halt the overtaking of weeds and exotic grasses on the property with the continued expressed permission of the property owners Darryl and Linda Paradise.
An important study focused on the preservation of land in order to protect the habitat of the Australian Native Bee in Cape York, North Queensland. Kuku-Thaypan Elder Tommy George works with scientists to study the native bee, comparing knowledge on the species type and on how they are managed in the environment.

This project extended the coverage of traditional fire management practices across Cape York Peninsula, both during this activity and beyond the project timeframe. The project contributed to the Caring for Our Country target ' to expand traditional fire management regimes across at least 200 00 sq km's of northern Australian savannas by 2013. 

Works focused on controlling six weed species with three Traditional Owner groups within three key environmental areas: the Trevethan Creek wildlife corridor site adjacent to the Northern Wet Tropics World Heritage Area; Aligator Creek, an endangered coastal wetland environment, including weeds of Waymbuurr country in Cooktown; and the Rainforest isolates adjacent to Mt Web National Park

This project was the first step in the process of gathering information both traditional and scientific of the Nesbit area through the surveying of the area and the development of a plan which would address the management of weeds, feral animals and fire.

This project is part of the Cape York NRM Sustainable Agriculture Project, and establishes a demonstration site focused on soil health, land condition, fire and water management, economic baselines and benchmarks.

It highlights the adoption of sustainable land management practices and establishes good practice for road construction and fencing on Yarraden Station.

10 Dec 2016

Over 100 people meet in Cairns this week to discuss their fire management and carbon projects on Cape York.  This included land managers from local government, cattle stations, Traditional Owner groups, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and representatives from the Rural Fire Service.

06 Sep 2016

The 2016 Indigenous Fire Workshop was a huge success with over 130 people from across Australia attending.

Click here for ABC Far North's online coverage of the workshop.

16 Nov 2015

ABC Rural reports that "Twenty-one graziers in the Cape York region of far north Queensland have secured $36 million, to conduct savannah burning projects, with the money coming just in time to pay down debts and prevent the hottest savannah fires".

19 Mar 2015
Traditional fire regimes will help return the health of the landscape. For example, it’s a way to manage the weeds without using chemicals all of the time. If country is healthy we are all going to be healthy and our children will be healthy.
21 Dec 2014

The Balnggarrawarra Rangers from Melsonby station (70 minutes north east of Cooktown), know that good fire and soil management is essential for healthy Country.

01 Dec 2014

A drive through the Cape York landscapes during the dry season exposes the devastaton of uncontrolled fires, an annual phenonmenon.

The 2014 Regional Investment Strategy meeting in Cooktown, saw Cape York land managers agree that fire remains the biggest challenge for the Cape york landscape.

01 Dec 2014

Brothers Jack and George Manantan are members of the Taepithiggi clan, Traditional Owners of the Country where the 2014 Indigenous Fire Workshop was held at Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.

The love of country demonstrated by the workshop participants has touched the brothers.

“Just look – everyone here is so happy,” George said, on the final day of the workshop.

01 Dec 2014

Dianne Nicholls is the Cultural Officer with the Land and Sea Office in Mapoon. She and Ronnie Guivarra were instrumental to the success of the 2014 Indigenous Fire Workshop and ensuring the Taepithiggi Traditional Owners cultural protocols were followed.

01 Dec 2014

A fire management workshop was held at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, which is managed by rangers Barry and Shelley Lyon.

Shelley said it was fabulous to see people come from all over connect and share knowledge.

“This is a great venue for the workshop.

01 Dec 2014

Fire is identified as the biggest issue for land managers across Cape York. Every year large, wildfires damage millions of hectares of country across the Cape, resulting in huge losses in grazing country; enabling soil erosion; decreasing biodiversity and releasing large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.

01 Dec 2014

Mapoon's Land and Sea Rangers reported on valuable time spent at the 2014 Indigenous Fire Workshop held on Taepithiggi Country at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.

Nathan Newley

“I had an amazing time with knowledge that was learned and being around fun people," he said.

It’s incredible the knowledge they are all sharing.

01 Dec 2014

Damian and Di Cullenward are farmers from Eugowra, Central NSW.

Damian grew up in the west of the state, and continues to spend time there as a farm contractor.

01 Dec 2014

BRENDON attended the Hann River workshop in 2009, and broadened the knowlege gleaned form that experience, through attending the 2014 workshop.

01 Dec 2014

Three years ago, traditional burning was reintroduced to the Lachlan catchment, New South Wales, by botanist, Dr Milton Lewis, community officer, Russell Hill, and Victor Steffenson, through a project with the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority.

01 Dec 2014

DESPITE the massive effort expended in organising and running the workshop, Victor Steffensen is still pumped up at the close of each session.

Victor is director of Mulong Productions, a community film consultancy company based in Cairns.

“It was a fantastic workshop, it went really well,” Victor said.

01 Dec 2014

It was not the first time Steve Wargent, the Ewamian Ranger Group in the Gulf of Carpentaria, had attended a fire workshop.

Steve Wargent participated in the Hann River workshop several years ago, and uncovered real value in returning for a second session.

“It’s a good opportunity to get different ideas and to meet other ranger groups,” he said.

19 Mar 2014
Cape York is a long way from home in the central wheat belt region of Western Australia, yet Oral McGuire was pleased to have made the journey across the country to share what he's learned about how to rebuild the health of the land.
12 Mar 2013

By Peta Standley

A short film about the Cape York Natural Resource Management (NRM), successful fire workshop hosted last year at Kings Plains, is now uploaded at www.

12 Mar 2013
A Cape York fire management program (which has been running for twelve years), has created change in the fire management practices on the ground. Cape York Sustainable Future’s (CYSF) Fire and Biodiversity program has been instrumental in fire planning and coordination and on ground implementation of fire management practices, particularly in the MitchellColeman sub-regions. Aaron Crosbie, CYSF Operations Manager, has taken a hands-on approach to fire management.