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Environment Matters: Burning Matters - why changes to prescribed burning are needed - Part 2

Join CCWA, Denmark Environment Centre and Fire and Biodiversity WA (FabWA) for this Environment Matters forum where we will be discussing why changes to current prescribed burning methods are needed.

Despite mounting evidence of the adverse effects of existing prescribed burning practices on biodiversity, there's been a concerning lack of acknowledgment of the cumulative damage across our Conservation Estate. Community and conservation scientists have voiced their concerns to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and the government, yet these concerns often remain unaddressed.

What's in store

Part 1 of the Burning Matters series was held on the 14th March in Fremantle in collaboration with WA Forest Alliance. It was a very insightful and inspiring evening with speakers Merningar Elder Lynette Knapp, Professor of Environmental Sciences Pierre Horwitz, and black cockatoo expert Dr Sam Rycken, exploring the impact of prescribed burning on peat swamps, habitat, and giant tingle trees.We will be screening short films and facilitating discussions from scientific, cultural, and historical perspectives.

Part 1 taught us that we need to call on the government for an independent review of prescribed burning, because the current practice is destroying our ancient, fragile, and incredibly biodiverse landscape.  

Part 2 will build on this. We will be screening short films on granite outcrops and other themes and facilitating discussions from scientific, cultural, and historical perspectives. Together, we will explore the significance of the issues surrounding current prescribed burning policy and practice, why it matters, and most importantly, what actions you can take to contribute to positive change.


  • Oral McGuire - Ballardong and Noongar community leader, firefighter & cultural burner
  • Dr Joe Fontaine - Fire Ecologist
  • Emeritus Professor Don Bradshaw - Zoologist
  • Cath Spaggiari - Denmark Environment Centre
  • Bart Lebbing - Denmark Environment Centre

Doors open at 5:30pm, the event starts at 6:00pm.

This is a free event and light refreshments will be provided. 

Thank you for joining us in this important conversation. Your participation and engagement are crucial as we work towards preserving our precious biodiversity for future generations.

This Burning Matters event is funded by a grant from the Koorabup Trust.


One of our longest running forums are the Environment Matters (EM) Series, held bi-monthly. The EM seminar series explore different conservation and sustainability themes and issues in front of a public audience. This proven and popular Environment Matters model brings together experts and stakeholders from government, industry, and community to discuss environmental issues and challenges in a forum where members of the public can participate and contribute to the conversation. 


We respectfully acknowledge the Whadjuk People of Noongar Boodjar, along with the Traditional Owners of all Countries where CCWA operates. ​We seek to always walk alongside our Aboriginal partners, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.


April 23, 2024 at 6:00pm - 8pm
Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre
555 Leach Hwy
Winthrop, WA 6150
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Sara Boranga · · 08 6558 5155
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