Call for a strong policy to save ag from billions in bushfire costs

A report from researchers at the University of Sydney and WWF Australia confirms what farmers already knew: the Black Summer bushfires inflicted huge damage on Australia’s agriculture sector. The Fire on the Farm report estimates agriculture lost between $4 billion and $5 billion due to the fires, which came at the tail end of a […]

Computer generated bushfire uses virtual reality to study responses

Virtual reality experiment shows most people living in high-risk fire zones are “woefully unprepared” Allowing people to “safely” experience a raging bushfire from a 3D headset has exposed some harsh truths about Australians living in high-risk fire zones: most are woefully unprepared. By replicating a computer-generated bushfire using virtual reality, University of South Australia researchers […]

Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook already under the microscope

A wetter than average winter is expected across much of the country, according to the Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for June 2021 to August 2021. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) today published its mid-year seasonal bushfire outlook which covers all states and territories through to August. Fire management remains a year-round […]

Bushfire Royal Commission implementations 6 months down the track

The Australian Government says it is methodically implementing the recommendations handed down on 30 October 2020 by the Royal Commission Into National Natural Disasters (Royal Commission). Recommendations already implemented include the establishment of the National Emergency Declaration Act 2020, faster and more efficient Australian Defence Force deployment, and the development of a charity coordination mechanism. […]

Bushfire recovery still a focus as new grants program slated to open in July 2021

Communities still recovering from the 2019-20 bushfires will soon have access to a new Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program, to help them address priority work that hasn’t yet been supported under other funding programs. It is expected the new Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants would open in July 2021, with funding projects to support […]