The Bushfire Mitigation Measures Bill 2020 – What does it mean for you?

The Bushfire Mitigation Measures Bill 2020 – What does it mean for you? The State Government has released the Bushfire Mitigation Measures Bill 2020 for public consultation. The Bill has potentially wide-ranging implications on the use and management of both public and private land. The School of Law and the Fire Centre at the University […]

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Bushfire Catastrophe: What Now?

This seminar was filmed in Sydney Opera House on Sunday 16th February 2020. Session 1 Relief & Response. Session 2 Future Thinking. Watch the broadcast of the seminar here (link to YouTube). From relief and recovery to long-term solutions It’s been a devastating summer, and none of us have been left unaffected. Homes, lives, livelihoods, wildlife […]

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A crisis of underinsurance threatens to scar rural Australia permanently

Written by Chloe Lucas, Christine Eriksen and David Bowman. Australia is in the midst of a bushfire crisis that will affect local communities for years, if not permanently, due to a national crisis of underinsurance. Already more than 1,500 homes have been destroyed – with months still to go in the bushfire season. Compare this to […]

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Hazard reduction burns just one piece of the puzzle: fire expert

The blame game over who is responsible for the fires raging around the country is escalating. Nationals MPs have renewed their attacks on the Greens, suggesting opposition to hazard reduction burns had heightened the fire threat. Fire Science Professor David Bowman discusses hazard reduction methods used in Australia and whether they are enough to prevent […]

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Nature: Diversity helps fight wildfires

Fire Centre Director Prof. David Bowman and Dr. Cathelijne Stoof from Wageningen University in the Nederlands have written a communication for the prestigious journal Nature discussing the importance of diversity, both in terms of background and in terms of perspective, in the wildland fire sector. One of the core goals of the Fire Centre is to promote the […]

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Indigenous fire rangers could save Tasmania’s wilderness

By Dr. Michael Shawn Fletcher Senior Lecturer School of Geography University of Melbourne The hype over the fire crisis and the role that climate change has played masks an awkward truth: the myth of wilderness is as much a threat as climate change when it comes to large and uncontrollable wildfires. Like the Kakadu National […]

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A diversity of voices is vital in the bushfire fight

A gathering of women fire researchers during the Tasmanian bushfire crisis has underlined the growth of research and engagement in fire science at the University of Tasmania. It has also highlighted the importance and positivity that a diversity of voices brings to understanding and managing bushfires. The lunch gathering was organised by the University’s Fire […]

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