Envite and its partners have successfully concluded a series of four informative and immersive workshops focused on the ancient art of Cool ‘Mosaic’ Burning. This traditional technique, employed by the First Nations Peoples in Australia for thousands of years, has proven to be a crucial method for effectively managing vast land areas. Its purpose extends beyond hunting, playing a significant role in preserving environmental equilibrium, ensuring cleanliness, and providing sustenance for both animals and humans.
Under the expert guidance of esteemed fire practitioner, Craig Little, the workshops offered a very rare opportunity to experience cultural practice on privately-owned land, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for landholders and curious individuals alike to explore the principles of cool burning.
These workshops were designed to educate landholders and the broader community about the fundamental principles of cool burning within a landscape. Participants gained valuable insights into the unique perspective of First Nations Peoples when it comes to understanding and assessing the land. Through this knowledge, they were empowered to identify suitable locations and ideal timings for implementing cool burns. In its simplest form, the idea of the cool burning technique is around ‘what’s meant to be here will come back and what’s not meant to be here will go’.
The workshops emphasised the importance of cool burning techniques, showcasing their positive impact on the environment. As a result, attendees developed a deeper appreciation for their surroundings and the intricate functioning of the landscape. By adopting these traditional practices, participants contribute to the overall health and harmony of their ecosystem, further enriching their connection with the land.
This project was proudly funded by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR).