A Governing Board meeting in Perth last week allowed Western Australian based partners of the Bushfire CRC the opportunity to present to the Board on the future directions of their organisations and how ongoing research with the Bushfire CRC or the Institute aligned with their priorities.
Representatives from the University of Western Australia, the Department of Environment and Conservation, and the Fire and Emergency Services Authority, outlined how the research delivered a range of both immediate and future benefits, including assistance with the recent fires around Perth.
The University of Western Australia hosted the day’s activities for the Bushfire CRC led by Board member and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Initiatives) Prof Alistar Robertson.
WA based Project Leader Professor David Morrison spoke to the Board about his work. Other researchers, including some involved in the Bushfire CRC survey of communities affected by the recent Perth fires, were introduced to Board members. The Board also met up with senior academic representatives including former Bushfire CRC Board member and now Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Western Australia, Prof Robyn Owens, and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Advancement) at Edith Cowen University, Prof John Finlay-Jones.
Among other topics, the Board discussed the strategic directions of the planned Australasian Fire Research Institute. More on this will be outlined at the next Bushfire CRC Stakeholder Council meeting on 9 June.
The next Board meeting will be held in Adelaide on 7 April where directors will get an opportunity to meet South Australian based partners and researchers.