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RFSA sponsorship recipient continues research into cultural burning.

Monday, 08 January 2018

In 2016 the RFSA was proud to provide volunteer fire fighter Michelle McKemey of Guyra Rural Fire Brigade, with RFSA sponsorship to assist her PhD research project, Cultural Burning: Using Indigenous practice and science to apply fire strategically.

Starting her PhD in 2014, Michelle’s study involves investigation into fire ecology and empowering land managers to apply fire as a management tool.

Working with Bambai Indigenous rangers, Michelle is examining Indigenous cultural knowledge associated with fire management, as well as, conducting ecological experiments to improve understanding of fire on the landscape.

A short film detailing Michelle’s research has recently been published by the University of New England and her research group was awarded the CSIRO DNFC (Digital National Facilities and Collections) award for Indigenous Engagement.  The RFSA is pleased to support Michelle’s valuable research.



Michelle’s research has also been promoted through the Guyra Argus.


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Michelle undertaking ecological monitoring.
Guyra Rural Fire Brigade pictured with Bambai Indigenous Rangers.