The Cultural Fire Management Unit supports 10 Aboriginal community-led projects in NSW. These projects embed traditional knowledge in land management practices, including the use of cultural fire. They also provide evidence that will help to develop a statewide cultural fire management strategy. Aboriginal land management programs, including those that incorporate cultural burning, have the potential to provide social, economic and cultural benefits in addition to their environmental outcomes.
The Cultural Fire Management Unit was formed after the inquiry into the 2019–20 bushfires recommended the NSW Government adopt traditional Aboriginal land management practices in partnership with Aboriginal communities. Cultural burning is one component of a broader cultural approach to respectful, collaborative and effective land management practices in planning and preparing for bushfire. The approach simultaneously serves to heal Country and make it healthier in the long term.