Traditional land management practices in Northern Australia include the extensive use of controlled fire (for thousands of years) to achieve multiple objectives. Controlled (Planned) burns are commonly employed to protect critical assets and infrastructure, reduce fuel loads, promote biodiversity and mitigate the risk of uncontrolled wildfires. Traditional landowners and pastoralists often plan controlled burns during specific seasons based on factors such as weather conditions, fuel load, and ecological considerations.

Research and collaboration between Indigenous land managers, pastoralists, and scientists has aimed to optimise land management practices. Best practices in fire management and pastoral care are developed to balance ecological sustainability with economic viability.

With cattle grazing being a significant economic activity in Northern Australia, large pastoral stations use fire to strategically enhance pasture quality by stimulating new growth and controlling invasive species. Woody weed growth throughout grazing pastures can be common which suppresses the more desirable vegetation for cattle grazing. The use of fire to control such invasive species and the timing of these burns can influence the nutritional quality of the vegetation available for cattle. Improving the overall land health and the viability to graze stock.

Climate variability and changes, including shifts in rainfall patterns and increased temperatures, present challenges to traditional land management and pastoralists.

Pastoralists may need to adapt their strategies to address the impacts of climate change on vegetation, water availability, and fire regimes.


Economic and Environmental Sustainability

Balancing economic interests with environmental sustainability is crucial for the long-term viability in Northern Australia and sustainable land management practices contribute to maintaining healthy ecosystems, supporting biodiversity, and ensuring the resilience of pastoral enterprises.

Prioritising sustainable land management not only supports the economic vitality of pastoral enterprises but also preserves healthy ecosystems and enhances the resilience of Northern Australia’s landscapes.


Bushfire Training

North Australia Bushfire Solutions has a rich history of collaboration with large organisations including government agencies, landholders and Indigenous groups and communities across northern Australia aiming to support and develop Bushfire Mitigation Programs and deliver practical, dynamic training.

Sustainable Land Management

Navigate uncertainties with confidence through our Sustainable Land Management Planning including Prescribed burn planning and implementation, fire trail maintenance, asset protection zone management, Weed management and weed control.

Community Engagement

Northern Australia Bushfire Solutions thrive on engaging with communities to facilitate involvement in decision making and sharing responsibility in managing bushfire risk. We recognise the expertise that exists within communities and on country and work towards a collaborative approach to bushfire mitigation and response.

“Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private owner and manager of land for conservation in Australia, effectively protecting wildlife and their habitat across more than 6.5 million hectares at over 30 locations. Managing fire is an essential part of our work. It helps to improve habitat for threatened wildlife, preserve fire sensitive plant communities, prevent wildfire, and protect assets. We recently engaged Brett to run a training workshop at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary in central Australia where he provided training in many aspects of fire management including aerial incendiary operation. Brett has enormous depth of knowledge and an engaging informative presentation style. He catered for the full range of skill and ability levels amongst participants and made sure everyone received the tuition they needed.”

Steve Eldridge (AWC) Operations Manager Ngalurrtju - Mt Wedge


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