Stakeholders Council: June2012

Stakeholders Adelaide 2012_1

South Australia was making its contribution to keeping communities safe from bushfire through its participation in the Bushfire CRC, according to the South Australia Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon Jennifer Rankine MP, who opened the Bushfire CRC Stakeholder Council.

The Minister noted that South Australia was active in the Bushfire CRC through six separate agencies - the Country Fire Service, Metropolitan Fire Service, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Forestry SA, University of South Australia and Central Queensland University.

Ms Rankine said the Bushfire CRC has produced tangible results for her state including how to better manage emergency incidents, advice on how best to use aircraft for fire fighting and the effect of extreme weather on fires.

The Minister was invited to open the Stakeholder Council meeting at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide on 27 June 2012. The Governing Board of the Bushfire CRC met the previous day at the offices of the Country Fire Service.

The Council meeting also discussed the recommendations out of the recent Performance Review by the Australian Government of the Bushfire CRC and progress towards ongoing funding for a national fire research program.

Researchers based in South Australia provided updates to Bushfire CRC partners on the progress of their work, including projects on fire weather on Kangaroo Island, fire fighter fatigue, and evacuation and transport networks.

The chairman of the Bushfire CRC, Mr Len Foster AO, thanked the Country Fire Service and the University of South Australia for their support in hosting the meeting. The Stakeholder Council is made up of representatives from all Bushfire CRC partners, and meets twice a year.

The Agenda and meeting papers are here