Cultural burning first for Adelaide Parklands

Adelaide City Council will be the first capital city to do a cultural burn. It will be at a section of Golden Wattle Park. Picture: Adelaide City Council

Adelaide Metropolis Council, in conjunction with the Kaurna Nation Cultural Heritage Association, will upcoming month set alight up to 10,000sq m of Golden Wattle Park in the south parklands as section of an Aboriginal cultural burn up.

Cultural burns are a fireplace administration strategy utilised to shield crops and animals and to minimise the possibility of bushfires.

Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor, also chair of the Adelaide Park Lands Authority, said the occasion recognised the council’s commitment to indigenous culture and biodiversity.

“A great deal of what it does is it will provide again the purely natural grasses but kills the weeds … so provides again the biodiverse nature of what the first plantings have been,” Ms Verschoor said.

“It has the likely for us to appear at how we use it for administration around the broader parklands.”

Cultural burns are carried out in a managed and methodical way, and are often in a circular pattern starting from a single ignition place.

Flames are comparatively reduced heat and modest, and pose no general public wellbeing and protection possibility.

The Kaurna group will get the job done alongside the Environment Department to ignite, retain and control the burn up, which is envisioned to choose about a working day.

The Metropolitan Fireplace Service will be on standby.

Kaurna Ngarrindjeri cultural bearer Allan Sumner said the occasion would be empowering for the Kaurna group.

“Obviously we have taken care of our indigenous understanding of cultural fireplace follow listed here on the Kaurna plains, however, for many decades we have not been able to do those people fireplace techniques,” Mr Sumner said.

“It is an option for Kaurna to share our understanding of fireplace and how we traditionally would have done them (cultural burns).”

Adelaide Metropolis Council reconciliation initiatives consultant Marty Reeve, who said the burn up would be the initial of its kind in a cash city, said the burn up would be a historic working day.

“This is an fascinating venture, but it also a quite involved and complicated,” Mr Reeve said.

The burn up will choose location on Wednesday, April 29, with the council to then take into consideration adopting the follow completely.

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