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