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Indigenous expertise to better manage fire danger


Three new specialist indigenous roles will be created within the Parks and Wildlife Service to push for better land management in Tasmania.

The State Government has announced the move, along with committing to having Aboriginal representation on the Statewide Fuel Reduction Steering Committee, to give expert advice on traditional land management practices.

Premier Will Hodgman says there's a lot to learn from the traditional owners on preventing and lowering the risk of bushfires.

"As our nation suffers from devastating bushfires, we should draw on the deep connection Tasmanian Aboriginals have with the land and share this knowledge in improved land management practices, to help reduce the impact of wildfires in our community," Mr Hodgman said.

$100,000 is also going towards a Grants Program to support Tasmanian Aboriginal communities to engage in cultural burning practices in local areas.

"Aboriginal cultural burning practices, undertaken for tens of thousands of years, have helped shape the Tasmanian landscape we know today.

"In recognising this rich cultural and environmental understanding, the Tasmanian Government will be committing three new specialist Aboriginal positions within the Parks and Wildlife Service to further strengthen our understanding of and practice in land management and cultural burning methods, and the impact of fire on Aboriginal heritage," the Premier said.

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