Community safety and engagement

Perth hills households asked to join bushfire study by post and online

Three thousand households in and around the Perth hills areas affected by the February bushfires are being asked to take part in a postal survey on their experiences during the bushfires.

The large-scale postal survey expands on a face-to-face survey of 400 residents in the Roleystone, Kelmscott and Red Hill areas. Additionally, residents can take part in an internet-based version of the survey.

Hotspots Fire Project

Amanda Edwards of the University of Wollongong studied the factors contributing to human/fire/land relationships for her PhD, providing deeper insights into the dynamic needs of different landholders, their experiences, perceptions and individual contexts. She focused on evaluating the Hotspots Fire Training Program, an education and training model for sustainable fire management practices.

Risk assessment analogues in hazard management

Peter Wieske of ANU focused his PhD on the history, present shape and future possibilities of ‘Complex Unbounded Problems’, or major disruptive events of a natural, political, economic, technological or military origin. The main area of investigation has been into community expectations and outcomes of policy and planning decisions in emergency response to disasters. Among his findings, he has identified commonalities between the different disasters, whether natural or man-made, and the pre-conditions that compound these disasters.

Bushfire risk perception: a study of the perceived vulnerability of domestic architecture in bushfire prone areas

PhD student Douglas Brown (University of Sydney) explored householders’ perceptions of bushfire risk and whether perceptions change when different building materials or design and architectural features are applied. He found that people view risks as external to their properties, in terms of their surroundings, other properties and bushland.

Analysis of Australian insurance law and the regulatory system covering property damage caused by fire

PhD researcher Rachel Carter examined how Australian insurance law and regulatory systems covered property damage caused by fire. She identified the factors that prevented people from taking out insurance and the legal and regulatory barriers to obtaining reasonably priced insurance. 


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