Melbourne 2006: Annual Conference

Bushfire CRC / AFAC 2006 Conference

The annual Bushfire CRC conference is run jointly with the conference of the  Australasian Fire Authorities Council and attracted almost 1400 delegates to Melbourne in 2006.


Bushfire CRC Research Workshops

In conjunction with the conference, the Bushfire CRC held a series of workshops on 10th August 2006, highlighting recent research in Australia and internationally in the bushfire management field covering legal issues, community education, planning and economics.

Attended by staff from fire and land management agencies, bushfire researchers, students and others with an interest in bushfire research and planning, the workshops examined and discussed new and emerging research with Bushfire CRC researchers and international experts.

News from the Event

The story of the devastating bushfire that destroyed the town of Dwellingup in Western Australia in 1961 is the focus of a new education program on bushfire awareness for fire agencies and local communities across Australia. This DVD was launched at the 2006 Bushfire CRC annual conference in Melbourne.

Other Resources

On Tuesday 24th January 1961 disaster struck Dwellingup, a Forestry Department stronghold, deep in the jarrah forests 110kms south of Perth.

The intense bushfires destroyed the town in a matter of hours devastating a community and shaking the self-belief of some of the toughest foresters and firefighters in the business.

This DVD follows the story of some of those who fought to save their wives and...

Research Posters

Author Title
Assessing the impact of bushfire smoke on the fire ground
Changes to the grass layer after fire in a tropical savanna
Decision tools for risk management
Measuring house loss risk at the interface
The costs and benefits of bushfire management and research
Understanding the interactions of climate and bushfire in Australia
Volunteerism: Facing the Challenge
What should community safety programs for bushfire achieve?
Program A
Author Title
Application of compressed air foam tankers for grassfire fighting
Australian fire weather data set: 1957 - 2003
Forest Fire Danger Index from gridded VS station-based data
Heat transfer model for wildfire spread
Response of bark to fire
Satellite vegetation indices to assess grassland curing
Program B
Author Title
Burning for biodiversity northern Australia
Bushfire risk management in high country landscapes
Carbon budgets, fuel load and flammability of shrub-dominated ecosystems
Ecological burning, fuel management and conservation objectives
Fire weather events and fuel recovery rates and prescribed burning strategies
Fire, fungal richness and functional groups
Flame propagation in shrubs and trees from the Australian Alps
High Fire risk: fire size-class transition model
HighFire risk: collaborations sought
Historical fire data and biodiversity in South WA
Imagery based method for charting fire driven dynamics
Mortality of dominant tropical grasses after fire
Patchiness of prescribed burns in dry sclerophyll forests in SE Australia
Prescribed burning and sediment movement in the Mt Lofty Ranges
Smoke plume behaviour – variable source heights
Weather indices and large fires in Sydney region
Wildfire chronosequence project
Program C
Author Title
Bushfire risk and household decision making
Communities living with bushfire - Thuringowa case study
Community responses to bushfire threat
Economics of bushfires and bushfire management
Educating children about bushfire risk management and mitigation
Fire catchment management groups
Importance and difficulty of achieving community safety outcomes
Media in Grampian fires 2006
Program logic approach to evaluating the Street FireWise program
Rural resilience and bushfires in East Gippsland
Spatial and temporal trends in bushfire arson
Stay and defend or leave early
Where there’s smoke there’s fire
Wildfire, resilience and recovery
Program D
Author Title
2003 Canberra bushfire
Bushfires and asthma WA
Cardiovascular responses during CFA recruit training
Impact of firefighting on the families of volunteers
Maximising (inter)agency team effectiveness
Maximising (inter)agency team effectiveness
Meteorological conditions and wildfire related house loss
Networked fire chief wildfire scenario generator
Proposed firefighter clothing test method
Quantifying a safe standard of fitness and health in CFA volunteers
Respiratory health of firefighters
Risk model
Safe standard of fitness and health in CFA volunteers
The availability of potential volunteers in communities in regional NSW
Volatile organic components and heavy metals
Worst case scenarios in decision making