Author: Aurora Milroy*
The devastating 2019–20 Australian bushfire season seems a lifetime ago. With the vast changes we have seen to our daily lives brought on by the spread of COVID-19, it’s hard to believe the bushfire season only officially ended in March. The extent of the Black Summer bushfires – with an estimated one billion animals killed, months and months of extreme and uncontrollable fire, dangerous air quality across many capital cities, homes destroyed and 34 people dead – captured the world and changed Australia’s own conversation around bushfires. Of particular note is a shift in the way the public and policymakers perceived the role of Indigenous fire practices in preventing extreme bushfires. [Cont.]
Indigenous people have managed the Australian landscape for thousands of years, and have repeatedly called for the need to practise cultural burning and other traditional land management to keep the country healthy. Only now are the broader public starting to take note. [Cont.]
SOURCE: Milroy, Aurora. “Building Bushfire Resilience: Indigenous cultural burning policy in Australia.” Oxford University, Blavatnik School of Government Community Blog, 29 May 2020.
*Aurora Milroy (MPP 2015) is an alumna of the Blavatnik School. She is the Manager of the Indigenous Knowledge Institute at the University of Melbourne.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present
Produced by the librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia