Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission

Preserving Lives: Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission Puts Human Safety First

Where considering current approaches to bushfire management and future adaptations, it is good to reflect on past lessons and recommendations. The Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission conducted an extensive investigation into the devastating bushfires that occurred in Victoria,...
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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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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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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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Bushfire Opportunities & Constraints

  One of the fundamental questions clients have for us regarding the development of a site is what can we safely do and what are the legislative requirements for the development type. New development has considerable bushfire requirements from setback from the hazard, design...
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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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