Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Former Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Forum on bushfire research

    10/10/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • Two-day forum to  focus on bushfire research findings
    • Research important to support bushfire management
    Bushfire experts from across Australia will gather in Perth this week to discuss their latest research findings, including the development and application of new bushfire simulator software.

    Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the forum, which is open to the public, was an initiative of the State Government’s Interagency Bushfire Management Committee.

    The committee was set up earlier this year to ensure fire and land management agencies worked collaboratively to identify and advise on research priorities and projects that would help agencies and volunteers manage bushfires effectively.

    “The forum will showcase local contemporary science that supports bushfire management throughout the State,” Mr Marmion said.

    “They will also be discussing the results from community surveys after recent Western Australian bushfires."

    Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson said bushfire management was a complex issue that required a collaborative effort.

    "This is an excellent opportunity to showcase some of the national and local research that will underpin decision making on bushfire management in WA,” Mr Johnson said.

    Key speakers at the forum include American researchers Professor Doug Bird and Dr Rebecca Bliege Bird, who will outline their work into indigenous fire regimes and WA’s fire-prone deserts.
     
    Other prominent scientists include Phil Cheney, a former head to CSIRO’s bushfire research program; Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith from Charles Darwin University in Darwin; and Gary Morgan from the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre in Melbourne.

    Other speakers will come from the Fire and Emergency Services Authority; The University of WA; Murdoch and Curtin universities; the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority; and CSIRO.
     
           Fact File
    • The forum is co-hosted by DEC, Fire and Emergency Services Authority, WA Local Government Association and The University of Western Australia
    • Forum will run from October 12-13 at the UWA’s University Club
    • View the program at http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/content/view/6586/2058/

    Environment Minister’s office - 9220 5000
    Emergency Service Minister’s office - 9222 9211