The University of Sydney hosted the Stakeholder Council Annual General Meeting at Australian Technology Park in November. Representatives from partners around Australia and New Zealand heard updates from a range of Bushfire CRC activities.
Dr Miguel Cruz has been leading seminars and field trips of fire managers to demonstrate his Quick Guide for predicting fire behaviour in semi-arid mallee country. Three seminars have been held to date.
A unique computer program designed by Bushfire CRC and University of Melbourne researchers that predicts bushfire speeds, intensity and direction will be used as a key tool for Victoria’s bushfire response this summer.
The final report of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission recommends the establishment of a national centre for bushfire research. This reflects a proposal put to the Commission by Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre Chief Executive Officer Gary Morgan for the creation of an Australasian Fire Research Institute to build on the work of the Bushfire CRC.
Having all of Australia’s fire and land management agencies in partnership with the best fire researchers in academia at the Bushfire CRC has allowed a number of collaborative and innovative projects to succeed.
The DC-10 firefighting tanker jet trialled in Victoria last summer will not return this fire season after a comprehensive Bushfire CRC evaluation of its performance found the aircraft unsuited to Victorian conditions.
Due to the tremendous variability of Australian forest types, there is still much to be learnt about the effects of fire on forest ecology. Research in the Western Australian jarrah forests goes some way towards redressing this knowledge gap.
After 11 years, we are about to enter the last month of your Bushfire CRC. It has been an incredible journey since 2003.
For me, what has stood out the most, notwithstanding the ground breaking research, is the culture change the industry has undertaken throughout this period. At the heart of this has been the close partnership between the Bushfire CRC and AFAC. The...