Bushfire program

We have been actively involved in fire management, bushfire education and advocacy for sustainable land policy since 1979.

Fire, people and landscapes 

The Australian landscape has evolved under a natural and cultural regime of fire over many thousands of years, and bushfire continues to be critical for the survival of many of our plants and animals. It is when bushfire interacts with society that disasters can result. From a human perspective, bushfire is one of Australia's most frequent and devastating natural hazards.

Ecologically sensitive bushfire management 

The Bushfire Program arose to "ensure that all Bushfire Management activity is ecologically sustainable while protecting life and property". The program has been actively involved in fire management, bushfire education and advocacy for sustainable land policy since 1979. We have been actively involved in fire management since 1979, and since Rural Fires Act 1997 we have had statutory rights to appoint conservation representatives to the Bush Fire Coordinating Committee (BFCC), Rural Fire Service Advisory Committee (RFSAC), and 67 Bush Fire Management Committees (BFMCs) around the state. The Bush Fire Advisory Committee (BFAC) provides strategic and technical advice to the NCC Bushfire Program.

Science and experience informing policy

Knowledge exchange and the dissemination of peer-reviewed science is a critical component of sound environmental management. We regularly run workshops, conferences, and forums to help people and organisations get together to discuss bushfire and conservation issues. The Bushfire Program also reviews policy and provides advice on ecologically sustainable fire management.

Preparing For Fire Workshop Program

Our Preparing For Fire interactive workshop series is designed for communities on the urban-bushland fringe where the risk of bushfire is high and the bushland is especially important for conservation. Learn more.

Biennial Bushfire Conference

The Bushfire Program has now held nine biennial conferences that have explored the role of fire in the landscape and its impacts on communities. Learn more.

 

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