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Peta-Marie Standley

Peta previously held the position of Operations Manager for Cape York Natural Resource Management Cape York since July 2011 overseeing operations, service delivery contracts and program development.

For the past fourteen years, Peta-Marie Standley (BA Arts Mj Ed. MA Env. Mgt) has worked both in government and Indigenous organisations in North Queensland focused on Community Natural Resource Management. She has commenced a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), on The Importance of Campfires with James Cook University.

Peta has been part of the Indigenous led co-generative action research team for the Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways Kuku Thaypan Fire Management Research project since 2004.

Her work promotes the use of connected and collective action learning, multiple knowledge sets and collaborative spaces on and off country in undertaking respectful solution generation for solving complex social-environmental problems.

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Fire management training opportunities for land managers on the Cape have increased

As late season fires continued to burn across Cape York, many land managers undertaking best practice savanna burning fire management implemented their early season burns prior to 1 August 2018.

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Indigenous fire practitioners talk about how fire can be good for country. It’s an idea that confounds European notions of safety and danger, but in the Australian landscape, Indigenous people have always seen fire as a tool, to be used carefully and in the right cultural context.

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The revival of traditional Indigenous fire practice began in the 1990s, on Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland. The early European settlers had discouraged it, and despite efforts to stamp it out, the practice never completely went away.