Community event in the high country


Bushfire research on show - an invitation

Groundbreaking research into bushfires in alpine areas has begun in the New South Wales Snowy Plains as part of a national effort to understand and manage the bushfire risk.

Next week, the local community will get the opportunity to meet some of Australia’s leading bushfire researchers involved with HighFire – a study on fire and fuel issues in Australia’s alpine areas that was established after the devastating bushfires of 2003.

The Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre and its partners in NSW are inviting the public to find out more about bushfire research in Australia and New Zealand at an information evening in Berridale on Monday 20 March .

With a particular focus on high country issues, this community event will show what fire agencies and researchers are finding out about fire safety, aerial suppression, prescribed burning, community preparedness, property protection and more.

Earlier that day, the Bushfire CRC is inviting local landowners, fire agencies, parliamentarians and land managers to the Bushfire CRC HighFire research site on the Snowy Plains to see the beginning of this ecological study, which is being conducted with the assistance of local groups and landowners.

Given the difficult access to the site, this event is for media and by invitation only.

The Bushfire CRC was established as a collaboration between Australian and New Zealand fire agencies, universities and other research agencies and the Australian Government in 2003. It is now conducting a range of projects on bushfire suppression, fire and landscape management, community safety and property protection.

Event for media and by invitation only:

What : Viewing of a HighFire research site

When : 11 am, Monday, 20 March 2006.

Where : Meet at the Lookout and Public Toilets at Eucembene Dam, Eucembene Rd, for escorted access to private property at Happy Jacks Rd, Snowy Plains.

Note : Access to site is by 4WD only.

Public event:

What : Bushfire CRC Community Forum

Where : Berridale RFS, Bolton St, Berridale

When : 7 – 8.30pm, Monday, 20 March 2006

Release date

Thu, 16/03/2006