This two-day event with Den Barber from Yarrabin Cultural Connections is an introduction to Caring for Country through Aboriginal Cultural Burning Practices. Learn how cultural burning relates to bushfire hazard reduction, weed management and increased biodiversity.
The event will include:
- Induction and safety briefing
- Smoking ceremony and acknowledgement of Country
- Walk, talk and interpretation of Country and Cultural Burn Site
- Containment line preparation - fire control techniques
- Application of Cultural Burning
- On-site Q and A session - observe, interpret, comment
- "Blacking out" - securing the site after the burn
- Debrief session and feedback.
This workshop is an opportunity to engage in cultural awareness and Connection to Country activities. The finish times each day may vary depending on weather conditions.
About our presenter
Den Barber is an Aboriginal Cultural Fire practitioner and descendant of the Wiradjuri - Mudgee people. Originally a professional firefighter for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service with over 12 years of active experience in hazard reduction burns, wildfire response and remote firefighting, Den is now a passionate advocate and teacher of Aboriginal Cultural Burning. He travelled to Cape York in 2010 to learn from Kuku Thaypan Elders associated with the Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways project.
Den runs his own Aboriginal cultural business, Yarrabin Cultural Connections, performing cultural burning programs on private and public land throughout NSW. He has worked for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and South East Local Land Services. Den is also the founding director the Koori Country Firesticks Aboriginal Corporation. His work has been profiled by numerous national and international media outlets, he is a regular presenter at workshops, forums and panels, and is a published author.
Tickets for this two day event normally cost $395/person (including GST). The Small Farms Network Capital Region is offering a subsidy of $100/adult ticket. Tickets for adults of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent have been further subsidised by Birkenburn Farm. Children supervised by adults are welcome at this event.
Aboriginal Community Adult $165
Children under 16 years $55
The ticket price includes instruction, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on both days. If you have dietary requirements you need to notify us when you book.
One person can register for multiple attendees. For the same ticket type add a guest registration. To add a child ticket or Aboriginal community ticket return to the event registration page before paying for your ticket (click on PAY NOW and then back to the registration page).
Camping is available at the site of the workshop and can be arranged with Birkenburn Farm separately from the workshop booking. When you book your workshop ticket you will be sent information on how to book camping.
We have developed a COVID-19 safety plan and will be following National COVID-19 safety guidelines for this event. A refund will be offered if you are sick and cannot attend. You can read the SFNCR COVID-19 policy here.
A reasonable level of fitness and ability is required to participate in this event. It will involve walking and physical activity. If you have mobility concerns please contact Alex by email to discuss your needs.
What to expect
You will need to bring your own refillable water bottle, pen, notebook, clothing, hat, sunscreen and shoes suitable for walking over rough ground. Directions and further event information will be provided when you purchase your ticket.
Bookings for this event are essential and you must attend both days. The Saturday morning session includes the safety briefing, site orientation, induction and welcome ceremony. You must attend this session. Late comers will not be able to join the workshop.
There is no guarantee of a burn – the burning activities will be subject to weather conditions on the day. A full program of instruction will be provided in the event of rain.
You cannot bring your dog (even in your car). Only registered participants are able to attend. Children are welcome at this event, however, they must be under your direct supervision at all times.
You can cancel your registration up to four days before the event and receive a full refund. Refunds after this date can be offered in the event of illness, contact Alex by email for more information on the refund conditions.
This event is funded by the NSW Government through an Increasing Resilience to Climate Change (IRCC) Community Grant.