A community symposium discussed research, strategies and
expectations for fire management in the ACT in a changing climate.
The symposium aimed to ensure an informed ACT community will be able to
contribute positively to ACT government policy, goal setting and strategic
directions of fire management.
Themes the symposium explored include:
- Law and Legislation: exploring the legal setting for bushfire
management in the ACT.
- Understanding hazards and risks: what data and modeling do we rely on
to understand fire hazards and risks?
- Values: what social, economic and personal values do we bring to fire
- Mitigating hazards and risks: knowing our risk models and our values,
what mitigation strategies do we turn to? Includes learning from past
bushfires and prescribed burning. Measuring reduction of risks.
- Linking Research and Management: how is current research changing our
options, changing the debate?
- Environmental risks and climate change: as if it wasn’t complicated
enough already, climate change is presenting new and complex problems.
- Indigenous fire management: as we learn more and more about the
sophisticated fire management used by indigenous people, how do we
incorporate that learning into fire management practices?
- Wildland/Urban interface: as a ‘bush capital’ the ACT has a special
interest in balancing fire management, urban development, conservation
and recreation; includes consideration of fire prone urban areas;
FarmFirewise; asset protection zones etc.
- Fire impacts: fire management impacts on water, vegetation, weeds
fauna, insects and people eg smoke impact on health. Public
- Shared responsibility: the final session will explore our shared
responsibility for managing fire hazards and risks and how the community
can interact effectively with the fire management planning process.
the Flyer here.
the FINAL program here with bios and transcripts.
Study: Science and decision making – the McArthur model as a case study
Study: Aboriginal fire management.
Study: Aranda Bushland fire history.
Study: Future burning: Meeting the challenge of bushfire management.
Study: Community involvement in the SBMP planning process.
Study: Ecological principles involving the use of fire in grassland and
Paper: Assessing mitigation of the risk from extreme wildfires using
MODIS hotspot data.
Audio (MP3) from the symposium: Fri
AM early; Fri
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PM early; Fri
PM later; Sat
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