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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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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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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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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Blackash Welcomes Dan Pedersen to the Team

Blackash is thrilled to welcome Dan Pedersen to the team. Dan started with Blackash as Principal Bushfire Ecologist in September 2019 and brings a wealth of experience to the role. By his strength of relationships, deep industry knowledge and expertise in both ecology 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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NSW Legislative Changes for infill development on bushfire prone land

As of 1 March 2018, cosmetic changes to the structure of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act), take effect as it relates to development in bushfire prone areas. Section 79BA is now section 4.14. Section 79BA of the Environmental Planning and Assessment...
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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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