Kaurna cultural burn makes history

Tuthangga (Park 17) Adelaide was the site of the first cultural burn in an Australian capital city and the first on Kaurna Yerta in 200 years. The Kaurna community, City of Adelaide, Green Adelaide and the Department for Environment and Water have been working together to make this cultural burn a reality with assistance from Indigenous Fire Practitioner Victor Steffenson.

Cultural burns not only reduce the amount of fuel which can result in devastating bushfires, but these low and controlled burns produce smoke which is important for germination of seeds and regeneration of plants.
Aboriginal Way spoke to Kaurna elder Jeffrey Newchurch who is pleased to be working with the council to integrate traditional knowledge into the management of the Adelaide Park Lands.