In mid-April a three-day Performance Review of the Bushfire CRC heard from a range of people including researchers, end-users and students – both in person and on the phone.
The Review was conducted by the Cooperative Research Centre’s Committee on behalf of the Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
The five-member Review Panel spent three days looking at all aspects of the Bushfire CRC’s governance and performance.
Following an overview of the Bushfire CRC by the Chairman Len Foster AO, presentations were given on financial matters, the research program, research utilisation, communications and the education program. The Panel was also keen to discuss options for ongoing research funding when CRC funds cease in June next year. Mr Foster outlined the intention to transition the Bushfire CRC into an Institute for fire and other natural hazard research.
The Panel is preparing a report.
The CEO of the Bushfire CRC, Gary Morgan, thanked all staff, researchers and end-users involved in the review. In particular, he noted that many people involved with the Bushfire CRC who made a particular effort to be in Melbourne to address the Panel personally, plus those who phoned in from the Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference in Seattle, and those on the phone from all around Australia and New Zealand.