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FORUM: The Future of Firefighting in Victoria

Climate change is supercharging our bushfire seasons. Victoria’s latest Climate Science Report predicts that the annual number of high fire danger days in Victoria is projected to increase, in some areas, by over 60% by the 2050s. These climate-fuelled bushfires threaten lives, housing, health, industry, First Nations cultural heritage and biodiversity on an unprecedented scale.

Longer, more intense bushfire seasons are placing heavy burdens on Victoria’s firefighters. As climate change causes bushfire seasons around the world to overlap, we may not be able to draw on firefighting support from interstate and overseas as we have in the past for the ‘surge capacity’ needed during large bushfires.

How can firefighting in Victoria be modernised to tackle the climate-fuelled bushfires of the 21st century? 

With the Victorian government’s new Bushfire Management Strategy currently being finalised, the government has the opportunity to make some innovative firefighting ideas a reality that will protect people and places we love.

Join us to hear from a panel of speakers with intimate knowledge of firefighting and fire management share their ideas for strengthening our responses to bushfire.

Speakers:

  • Sarah HarrisManager Research and Development, Fire Risk, Research and Community Preparedness (CFA)

Sarah will discuss how climate change is influencing fire weather in Victoria and the implications for bushfire management and also identify some adaptation opportunities.

  • Benjamin Mallinson, Program Manager – Djandak Wi (Country fire), Djaara.

The use of cultural fire to heal Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

  • Dr. Philip Zylstra, fire behaviour scientist and Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University

Phil will show how an improved understanding of fire behaviour can guide safer and more effective deployment of remote fire fighting resources, and improved fire management practices that maximise opportunities for rapid suppression.

  • Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth campaign coordinator and CFA volunteer

Cam will give an overview of a proposal for new firefighting opportunities for urban based people.

  • Jordan Crook, Park Protection and Nature Campaigner, Victorian National Parks Association

Discussion will go for a bit over an hour, with time at the end for questions.

 

WHEN
December 14, 2023 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
WHERE
Online (Zoom)
312 Smith St
Wurundjeri Country
Collingwood, VIC 3065
Australia
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CONTACT
Anna Langford · · 0478031771
117 RSVPS
Ian McCallum Daniel Wood Claire Collie Louise Crisp Jill Koppel Sheridan Mayo Alana Mountain Leanne Greenwood Ben Gill Helen Thompson Mark Nami Jamie King Louise Jennison Michael Feller Peter Lockyer Marie Lakey Colin Hocking Peter Morgan Jode Moorthy Jennifer Mills Sophie Torney Rosario Saisho Caitlin Symon Ann Marsh Anna Langford Jamss Templeton Tim Dredge Marion Cincotta Aawa White Jack Sharples Opal Henri Thomas Maggs Rick Burke Tom Goldstraw Rosemary Storey Peter Kervarec Mary Connor Jai Allison Jinny Coyle Matt Whitney Kat Scully Deb Moerkerken Fiona Williamson Jill Redwood Vanessa Malandrin Amy Wombat Matt Landolfo Charlotte Sterrett
Who's RSVPing
Ian McCallum
Daniel Wood
Claire Collie
Louise Crisp
Jill Koppel
Sheridan Mayo
Alana Mountain
Leanne Greenwood
Ben Gill
Helen Thompson
Mark Nami
Jamie King
Louise Jennison
Michael Feller
Peter Lockyer
Marie Lakey
Colin Hocking
Peter Morgan
Jode Moorthy
Jennifer Mills
Sophie Torney
Rosario Saisho
Caitlin Symon
Ann Marsh
Anna Langford
Jamss Templeton
Tim Dredge
Marion Cincotta
Aawa White
Jack Sharples

Will you come?