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The Northern Territory has a fire burning culture issue and finally reports are now coming out supporting this fact. Every year we burn for various reasons one being to reduce fuel load but in doing so we promote regrowth which increases fuel load. The problem is, it’s high fire fuel which is not what the native fuel load is. The tall foreign grasses outcompete the native grasses which can not sustain annual and multiple burnings each year. Eventually they are replaced with high fuel load grasses which then carry fire up the trees into the canopy causing more damage. Australian native vegetation require burning every 4 to 7 years to be sustainable otherwise we promote a patchwork of sparse vegetation which artistically is amazing underneath is dark and destructive.
This artwork is very literal in many ways. The East Alligator River is a tidal river that relies heavily on the surrounding floodplains, to feed back in to the main river system. As the floodplains drain, they create little creeks leading into the river, which moves baitfish off the floodplains and into the East Alligator, which then Barramundi and other marine life feed off. Without the floodplains and seasonal rains, these creeks wouldn't be formed and would not allow for the cycle of life to continue. It would simply become lifeless.