Gong Commune at Bushfire Snap Action in Wollongong (1 of 2)

GONG COMMUNE

Lauren Tynan of Koori Country Firesticks and Gong Commune gave this contribution to the bush fire snap action in Wollongong on the weekend:

Acknowledge Country

  • Protection here by the escarpment and thousands of years of people caring for Country
  • Acknowledge all the local mob down the coast supporting families and communities, especially those who wanted to but can’t be here today

My name is Lauren Tynan and I’m a trawlwulwuy woman of tebrakunna country in northeast Tasmania and live here in Wollongong.

I’m a Director of Koori Country Firesticks Aboriginal Corporation, a cultural burning organisation based in NSW.

I’m also conducting a PhD on relationships with Country through fire and cultural burning practices.

Because our relationships with country have changed.

Today we’re talking about change – we’re talking about these wildfires in relation to climate change. Climate has changed but the real change we can see in this place over…

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