The Black Summer bushfires were immensely destructive, burning through an area equivalent to the size of Ireland, and fuelled by months of record-breaking temperatures and drought. The bushfire season was unprecedented due to its length, intensity, and areas impacted.
Following this fire season, The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (RC NNDA) was formed to examine how prepared Australia is to respond to bushfires and other natural disasters.
In its report, the Commission stated that “We need to do much more than put out fires”, and called for more focus on avoiding or mitigating disasters as much as possible.
Join one or more of our targeted online workshops to discuss how government, industry and society can go about the challenge of implementing the Commission’s wide-ranging recommendations.
The presentations in all workshops (excluding Workshop #3) will be recorded and made publicly available. The Q&A session and discussions with participants will not be recorded, and will be held under Chatham House Rule.
Workshop #1 - Managing bushfire risk in the landscape
When: 12-1pm AEST, Thursday 20 May
Where: Online via Zoom
Protecting people and assets – the environment, infrastructure and property – is at the heart of bushfire risk management strategies.Managing disaster risk is, as the RC NNDA noted, “inherently complex”.
In this forum, Prof Phil Gibbons (Fenner School of Environment and Society) and Dr Richard Thornton (Chief Executive Officer, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) address recent research and contemporary thinking about bushfire risk management in the landscape.
12pm - Welcome and introduction by Prof Peter Kanowski.
12:22pm - Audience Q&A and discussion.
12:57pm - Summary statement by Prof Peter Kanowski.
1pm - Workshop ends.
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