Our Approach…

The intent and vision of Blackash is simple – that we work in a niche, collaborating with clients to design, develop and implement innovative solutions in the bushfire, landuse, resilience, consequence management and emergency management space. We seek out complex emergency...
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Resilience & adaptation to the “new normal”

Natural disasters are a part of life. While we can’t predict when they will occur or the consequences that will manifest in our communities, we know they will happen. And when they happen, the affected communities will transform. It is unrealistic and narrow minded to think...
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Bushfires & living in the bush

Bushfire has been part of the natural environment of the Australian continent for thousands of years. The forest and grassland environments have adapted to accommodate this as have the original inhabitants. The frequency and intensity of bushfires varies throughout the landscape...
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Wayfinding – Learning from the Past

We are surrounded by clues to our past. As we design communities, planners give a nod to people, places or significant events that shape or give rise to that form. Examples might be “The Broadway” for a wide boulevard, “Scribbly Gum Crescent” for an area...
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Great Ocean Road Post Bushfire Resilience Guideline

Guideline for Building in Bushfire Prone Areas Wye River & Separation Creek The 2015 Christmas Day Bushfires resulted in the loss of 116 houses in Wye River and Separation Creek on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. The government and community have worked together to not only...
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Bushfire persistence

Bushfire persistence and why resilience matters

As a nation who celebrates “droughts and flooding rains” it is odd that we are so resistant to accepting the persistence of bushfires at the urban interface. Bushfires are a part of Australian environment. Not all bushfires are controllable and for fires that burn on blow up...
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Australian Bushfire Seasons

Bushfire management and the size of the problem

Bushfire has been a natural part of our landscape for thousands of years and remains an ever-present threat for our community. With increasing urban development and a climate that is getting drier and warmer, bushfires are an increasing risk for people in bushfire prone areas....
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What can be done to increase the resilience of houses in the Flame Zone?

The management of bushfires is a shared responsibility at all levels of society. In general terms, an acceptable level of protection from bush fires can be achieved through a combination of strategies which: Put standards in place (such as AS3959 and Planning for Bushfire...
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CFA BAL

Living in the Bushfire Flame Zone

I heard an interesting comment recently, that it is “Not a good idea to live in the flame zone.” For many people living on the bush interface, this is not an option. The highest level of bushfire attack level (BAL) is known as BAL Flame Zone. Australian Standard (AS 395...
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Reducing the Bushfire Risk

Bushfires of low or moderate intensity often pose little threat to life, property and community assets. However, bushfires that burn in heavy fuels, steep terrain or on hot, dry and windy days often spread rapidly, crown in forests, produce powerful convection columns and create...
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