Annual Conference: Melbourne 2006

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
Dr Fabienne Reisen Assessing the impact of bushfire smoke on the fire ground
Ken Scott Changes to the grass layer after fire in a tropical savanna
Dr Kevin Tolhurst Decision tools for risk management
Justin Leonard Measuring house loss risk at the interface
Prof John Handmer The costs and benefits of bushfire management and research
Dr Chris Lucas Understanding the interactions of climate and bushfire in Australia
Prof Jim McLennan Volunteerism: Facing the Challenge
Gerald Elsworth What should community safety programs for bushfire achieve?
Program A
Author Title
Dr Graham Mills A proposed global early warning system for wildland fire
Dr Matt Plucinski Application of compressed air foam tankers for grassfire fighting
Dr Chris Lucas Australian fire weather data set: 1957 - 2003
Development of a field method for assessment of degree of curing in grasslands
Dr Chris Lucas Forest Fire Danger Index from gridded VS station-based data
Prof George Milne Heat transfer model for wildfire spread
Dr Graham Mills PAWS at Wilsons Promontory in April 2005
Dr Matt Plucinski Penetration of persistence of water and foam drops from a medium helicopter
Phoenix – a fire characteristic mapping model
Project FuSE SA
Response of bark to fire
Satellite vegetation indices to assess grassland curing
Dr Graham Mills Spatially distributed fire warnings thresholds
Dr Graham Mills Upper level dry air and reduced surface humidity
Wireless wildfire sensor networks
Program B
Author Title
Dr Alan Andersen 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 and vegetation patterns in semi-arid southern WA
Fire weather events and fuel recovery rates and prescribed burning strategies
Madeline Osborn Fire, fungal richness and functional groups
Philip Zylstra 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
Dr Pauline Grierson Imagery based method for charting fire driven dynamics
Mortality of dominant tropical grasses after fire
Dr Trent Penman Patchiness of prescribed burns in dry sclerophyll forests in SE Australia
Prescribed burning and sediment movement in the Mt Lofty Ranges
Dr Alan Wain Smoke plume behaviour – variable source heights
Weather indices and large fires in Sydney region
Dr Perpetua Turner Wildfire chronosequence project
Program C
Author Title
Mae Proudley Bushfire risk and household decision making
Dr Alison Cottrell Communities living with bushfire - Thuringowa case study
Community responses to bushfire threat
Prof John Handmer Economics of bushfires and bushfire management
Educating children about bushfire risk management and mitigation
Francesca Harris-Spence Fire catchment management groups
Gerald Elsworth Importance and difficulty of achieving community safety outcomes
Media in Grampian fires 2006
John Gilbert Program logic approach to evaluating the Street FireWise program
Josh Whittaker 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
Laura Kelly 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
Dr Christine Owen Maximising (inter)agency team effectiveness
Ian Dwyer Maximising (inter)agency team effectiveness
Meteorological conditions and wildfire related house loss
Networked fire chief wildfire scenario generator
Dr David Nichols Proposed firefighter clothing test method
Quantifying a safe standard of fitness and health in CFA volunteers
Annemarie De Vos 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