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Land Rights News Central Australia: Land Rights News (October 2011)

Published: November, 2011

CLC’s Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) ranger Stanley Wallace burns on the Maryvale Rd

Rangers battle severe bushfires

As smoke and ash fill the skies, trained CLC rangers have joined the hard working army of volunteer and professional fire fighters to do their bit to battle the constant bushfires blazing throughout the region.

An extreme fire season is predicted thanks to the huge build-up of vegetation from record rains last year.

The CLC’s ranger groups which operate out of communities around Central Australia, spent much of the cooler months training with Bushfires NT to become skilled in fire for hazard reduction and protection.

Rangers like Richard Furber from Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) who have received fire fighter training are now on standby to support Bushfires NT crews in the region.

“If there’s a fire going on, they’re going to pick us up. “We helped out at Hamilton Downs and on the Maryvale road. It’s pretty scary fighting the fires, especially at night,” Richie said.

The rangers have also taken a fire safety message to people living in remote communities and outstations.

Community members have also taken action to protect their homes and country from uncontrollable fires by clearing grass and plants from around communities and outstations or sensitive areas like sacred sites.

Bushfires NT and the Central Land Council can help people in remote areas with advice and support to protect the areas that are important to them.

To ask for help to reduce the risk of fire people can contact Bushfires NT on (08) 8952 3066 or ask for the fire officer when contacting the Land Council on (08) 8951 6211.