A community of students and families congregated, warmed by a large campfire on the evening of Tuesday 15th June to celebrate NAIDOC Week. We listened to what the NAIDOC theme of Heal Country! means. We learnt that embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding as part of Australia’s national heritage will create a viable future to care for our environment.
Barker Global hosted Wayne Cornish, Operations Manager of Muru Mittgar to speak to Firestick Farming and how this sustainable land conservation method can be incorporated into land management. Some of these practices have been recently being reintroduced to areas in the Blue Mountains. Wayne explained that when firestick burning is conducted, the land is burned in an outwards direction from a central location so that the animals that inhabitant the land can escape. Of course only when conditions are suitable for these burns are they carried out. Wayne hopes to share this knowledge with all connected with his family and country.
Wayne fielded questions from the audience ranging from Indigenous connection to the land and if native fauna and flora can be reintroduced from low stress firestick farming
The message was that if all inhabitants of Australia have some connection to the environment and look and learn from it, that many places will heal, animals and fauna will regenerate and species that we did not know were native to an area will return.
Wayne Cornish is the operations Manager at Muru Mittigar, which is a Drahug organisation dedicated to making a significant, measurable and lasting difference in advancing the Dharug and Aboriginal culture.
Barker College wish to thank Wayne Cornish for his time and for sharing his knowledge with our community.