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Workshops address a burning issue for landholders

Local landholders will have the opportunity to learn how to reduce the risk of wildfires while also improving habitat for native wildlife at two free workshops in the Bowen Mountain and Kurrajong areas early next year.

The information and training sessions will be delivered by the Hotspots Fire Project (Hotspots), a program run jointly by the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW Nature Conservation Council to assist landholders and land managers to reduce bushfire risk while maintaining and improving biodiversity. The workshops are supported by Greater Sydney Local Land Services with funding from the Australian and NSW governments.

Hotspots workshops will be presented by Rural Fire Service environmental officer Bruce Hansen and ecologist Mark Graham between February and March 2015

"At the first workshop, landholders are given a big map of the property that locates key features, including water points and vegetation types. They then develop fire management plans with their neighbours, including public and private landholders" said Bruce Hansen.

"The workshop series aims to increase landholders' confidence to conduct their own low-intensity burns with the cooperation of the local brigade" said Mr Hansen.

The Hotspots workshops will involve a demonstration burn and will also examine the issues surrounding Bell Miner Associated Dieback and its relationship to the presence of Lantana. Dieback is a significant threat to local bushland. Participants will be able to apply for funding through Greater Sydney Local Land Services to restore bushland infested with Lantana.

To express interest in registering please contact Hotspots Officer Bruce Hansen on (02) 8867 7972, 0417 740 315 or email bruce.hansen@rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Check the hotspots website for more details.

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Contact: Paul Bennett Tel (02) 4725 3044