Issued: 11 October 2021
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BRIEFING ALERT: CSIRO's Bushfire Best Practice Guide

NEWS BRIEFING: Mon 11 Oct 2021 at 10:30 AEDT ONLINE

With bushfire season fast approaching, Australia’s national science agency CSIRO has developed a guide to help people understand the bushfire risk to their homes and surrounds, and how to build their resilience. The guide is for those interested in understanding the bushfire risk to their location, and also provides information for home builders and renovators on bushfire regulations. It also provides general advice for residents of bushfire-prone areas across Australia, with further information relevant to Victorian residents, noting regulatory differences across various jurisdictions.

The guide was created with The University of Melbourne and the Victorian Country Fire Authority, and produced with funding provided by the Australian Government in partnership with the States and Territories under the National Partnership Agreement for National Disaster Resilience.

Tune into the briefing to hear from the researchers and end-users how the guide will help as we prepare for this year’s bushfire season.

The briefing will discuss:
  • The guide itself;
  • Why this planning is important;
  • And how the guide will help communities.

  • Justin Leonard is the Research Leader of CSIRO’s Bushfire Adaptation team
  • Professor Alan March is a professor in urban planning at The University of Melbourne
  • Mark Holland is from the Victorian Country Fire Authority
  • Community champion, Malcolm Hackett, who experienced the pain of property loss and can speak to how this tool can help others.


Date: Mon 11 Oct 2021
Start Time: 10:30am AEDT
Duration: Approx 45 min 
Venue: Online - Zoom
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