This project is aimed at aiding the recovery of communities in the South Coast of NSW affected by the 2019-2020 bushfires, by offering the opportunity to participate in a “Walking the Landscape – Bushfire Resilience” tour. These tours have taken community members on a journey of connection to local waterways, by visiting local estuaries and rivers that have suffered or are still suffering from bushfire impacts. The tours have brought together people with different backgrounds, so that they could connect over their recovery experience, while learning more about the impacts of bushfires om aquatic environments, as well as practices one can employ to minimise these impacts. A participant in one of our tours has gone home with increased knowledge and understanding of local aquatic ecology, bushfire-caused changes to these environments, recovery measures that can be used to minimise the negative impacts of bushfires on aquatics, as well as an expanded local network. Three tours have run from early 2022 along each of the Clyde, Tuross, Bega, and Towamba rivers. In early August 2022, the last three tours will take place along the Shoalhaven River.
Please find information on how the past tours went below, and feel free to reach out if you are interested in collaborating or participating in future ones.