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Collaboration across tenures aims to control fire in the Dampier Peninsula

Collaboration continues to reduce the occurrence and impact of late season Wildfires on the Dampier Peninsula.

Multiple key stakeholders of the Dampier Peninsula came together on 27-28 March in Broome for a planning session to discuss the results of the 2017 prescribed burning season (and late season wildfires), as well as develop consensus on the 2018 prescribed burning activities.

The collaboration is being supported by Rangelands NRM, which sees the Dampier Peninsula as a key priority area.

This Dampier Peninsula is host to a large number of Aboriginal communities and outstations, tourism ventures, cultural assets, productive pastoral entities, as well biodiversity and conservation areas containing EPBC-listed threatened species and ecological communities.

Organisations involved in the sessions include: Kimberley Land Council (notably fire staff and representatives of Bardi Jawi and Nyul Nyul Ranger Groups), Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Shire of Broome, Nyamba Buru Yawuru (NBY), Conservation Management, Sarah Legge, Toby Barton, Environs Kimberley, Main Roads, Sheffield Resources and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Rangelands NRM’s Northern Program Manager, Grey Mackay said this is continuing from the good work of the Dampier Peninsula Fire Management Planning project of 2017.

He said it is important to be proactive with fire management in order to protect life and property, improve pastoral sustainability (i.e. good prescribed burning = more grass left at the end of the dry season), protect vegetation and wildlife and protect cultural sites and values from uncontrolled late season bush fire.

“We want to share knowledge between fire managers on the Peninsula, and provide a framework to manage fire on the Peninsula regardless of tenure,” Grey said.

“This means improved communication between Dampier Peninsula stakeholders, better understanding of roles and responsibilities and working together to achieve a common good, ultimately leading to reduced intensity and scale of late season bush fires in the Dampier Peninsula.”

Planning and implementing a tenure blind mosaic of firebreaks, means they will interact with late season bush fires, stopping them before they get too intense and out of control.

An introductory video to the project and issues involved has also been produced and can be viewed on YouTube.

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Planning Session attended by Members of Bardi Jawi Rangers (Daniel Oades, Kevin George and Chris Sampi), Nyul Nyul Rangers (Neil Hamaguchi and Preston Cox), Michael Wysong from Yawuru and Sheffield Resources Rangers (Terry Marshall and Roneil Skeen)