Social Construct of Fuels in the Interface 1

Coexisting with fire - managing risk and amenity at the rural/urban interface

This project will address these key questions:

1) What configuration of prevention and suppression strategies within the bushland  margins of urban development is required to strongly reduce the probability of losses to people and property?

2) What defines amenity in the minds of local residents and how does bushfire risk alter it? These fundamentals need to be clarified in fire-prone communities in order to address implications and impacts of risk mitigation.

3) In particular, are the things that amenity is comprised of the same things that pose risk to people?

4) What are the consequent effects of differing prevention and suppression strategies on the amenity of residents in urban margins?

5) Will the quantification of the effect of specific management policies and actions on risk (i.e. 1) above) affect the likelihood of successful implementation by the wider community?

6) What other community-based options may be required to encourage adoption of risk mitigation policies? In particular, what sort of local, context specific, interactive initiatives would be required?

7) What are the cost-benefits of risk reduction options (i.e. as in 1) above? Will such information affect implementation of related policies and practices (i.e. as in 3) and 4) above? Can considerations of amenity be incorporated and assessed in a cost-benefit framework?

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