Community working in partnership to Care for Country

August 2021

Graham Moore and Leanne Brook, Yuin people

Aboriginal Community Support Officers

Recent favourable weather conditions have meant that Local Land Services has been able to support Community to carry out Cultural Burns on Yuin Country in the past few weeks.


  • Community working together in partnerships to manage and restore Country on the coast
  • Empowering Aboriginal Community to manage Aboriginal land with traditional fire
  • Applying traditional fire management to Country allows Elders and knowledge holders to pass down fire knowledge
  • The Murrah Flora Nature Reserve is key habitat for the Far South Coast Koala population
  • More Cultural Burns are planned for the coast in the coming weeks, weather dependent.

Briefing at the Cultural BurnCultural Burn in practice

Images: Cultural Burning on Yuin Country.

Dan Morgan, Yuin Man, Southern NSW Regional Coordinator, Firesticks Alliance, managed proceedings for the Burn at the Murrah Flora Reserve. The Burn brought together National Parks and Wildlife Service, Firesticks Alliance and members of the Bega, Narooma and Merriman’s Local Aboriginal Land Councils to participate, learn and share knowledge.

The Murrah Flora Nature Reserve is a key habitat for one of the most significant koala populations on the Far South Coast. The recent Burn builds on the work done in previous years to return a traditional fire management regime to the Reserve.

In Ulladulla Yuin Elders, Knowledge holders and members for the South Coast Elders group, came together to carry out the Cultural Burn held on Ulladulla Local Aboriginal Land Council land, sharing and passing fire knowledge to the next generation.

Burn in practice at UlladullaTraditional fire management at UIladulla

Images (Ulladulla LALC): Cultural Burning on Yuin Country.

Applying traditional fire management to Country also helps to support the recovery of native species that were impacted by the Southern Fires.

Local Land Services will be working with the Firesticks Alliance, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, Community and private landowners in the coming weeks to stage a number of other Cultural Burns on the coast.

These Burns will be dependent on the weather but represent an opportunity to continue the return of traditional land management practices to the area.

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