NSW 2019/20 Bushfire Rebuild

In 2020 the Rural Fire Service (RFS) approached Blackash Consulting to help them undertake work to assist the bushfire rebuild in NSW after the 2019/20 state-wide bushfire natural disaster which destroyed over 2400 homes across 34 local government areas. Many communities in NSW...
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Recognition of Blackash and Lew Short from the CRC

Since its establishment in 2013, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has been conducting research into bushfire that supports the development of cohesive, evidence-based policies, strategies, programs and tools to build a more disaster resilient...
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Oakdale West Estate (Goodman)

Blackash has been part of the team working on the large industrial estate on a 154-hectare site known as Oakdale West Estate. A State Significant Development, located within the Western Sydney Employment Area (WSEA), in the Penrith LGA. Blackash has been providing bushfire...
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Rethinking crisis communications

I was fortunate enough to be a coauthor of an article, Rethinking Crisis Information for position magazine originally published in issue 105 of Position magazine. It is authored by Maritin Tomko, Lew Short, Sisi Zlatanova and Maurits van der Vlugt. The communication of the...
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RFS concerned about ‘what the risk could be’ for next fire season, says incoming commissioner

Blackash continues to work with our community of clients to reduce the impact of bushfire through sound Bushfire Management Planning, landuse planning and mitigation/ risk management. While the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, we will be faced with a range of natural...
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Buying Property in a Bushfire Prone Area

If you are thinking of buying a property in a Bushfire Prone Area, spend a few minutes listening to Blackash Principal Bushfire Resilience, Corey Shackleton talk through some of the issues and considerations. Glen and John chatted with Corey Shackleton, around the concept of...
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Blackash response to COVID-19

The Coronavirus known as COVID-19 is fundamentally changing the way we all work, collaborate and participate with our community. The evidence strongly suggests that in Australia, our response is at a watershed moment. While the growth of cases is starting to be exponential, it is...
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Change Management for the New Australian Fire Danger Ratings System

In September 2020, Lew Short led a series of national workshops in each State and Territory for the Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) which is a nationally significant project to design and implement a new Fire Danger Rating (FDR) system for Australia. The AFDRS Board...
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Bushfires in Southeast Australia -summer and autumn

With much of eastern Australia in the grip of record drought, #bushfire weather will persist for months to come. The bushfire season in eastern Australia starts in North Queensland and moves south. The fires in northern NSW will continue to burn with new ignitions from accidents,...
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Lew Short – finalist in Industry Award

Lew Short has been recognised by the Fire Protection Association of Australia to be a finalist in this years Fire Protection Association of Australia Awards for the Ron Coffey Award for Excellence in Bushfire Protection. The Award is in honour of the tireless commitment and...
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