Disaster resilience education
Resilient Australia National School Award
The Resilient Australia Awards is a nation-wide program to recognise and promote initiatives that strengthen community disaster resilience. The school category is open to all public and private pre-school, primary and secondary schools in Australia.
Winner: Firestick Project
Dixons Creek Primary School, Victoria
Students learning about the Country from Uncle Dave Wandin. Image: Dixons Creek Primary School.
The devastation that followed Black Saturday had a significant impact on the Dixons Creek community and the wellbeing of children at the local primary school. Through the Firestick project, students learn about fire management from Indigenous Elders. The project helps both the children and wider community establish a positive relationship with fire.
The Firestick Project is a Warundjeri-led project in partnership with the schools, supported by the Yarra Ranges Council and the Department of Environment Land & Water Planning.