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Australia’s Bushfire Emergency

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State Library Victoria

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Australia’s Bushfire Emergency

Are the bushfires of the 2019/2020 summer unprecedented in the time since records were kept? If so, in what ways? What are the most important causes of this year’s bushfires? What role has been played by climate change? What impact have the bushfires had on country communities and farmers, and on the fauna and flora of the affected areas? How well have the federal government and the governments of the states risen to the challenge of the 2019/2020 fires? Looking into the future as best we are able, will bushfire summers like the one of 2019/2020 remain relatively unusual or do they represent a “new normal”? If they do become common what will their impact be on the life and the spirit of our country communities and farmers, and on Australia’s fauna and flora? What lessons ought the federal government, the state governments, the bushfire fighters and those living in bushfire-prone environments to have learned from the experience of this summer’s bushfire crisis? And most importantly of all, what actions can the federal government, the governments of the states, the country’s fire-fighters and citizens living in bushfire prone areas take to limit the threat represented by bushfire?

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La Trobe University will be donating 100% of ticket sales from this event to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. You can also donate at the check-out when purchasing your ticket. We thank you in advance for your support and generosity.


Speakers:

Professor Mike Clarke, Professor of Zoology, Centre for Future Landscapes, Dept of Ecology, Environment and Evolution, La Trobe University

Professor Clarke has studied the ecology and conservation biology of birds, reptiles, mammals, fish and plants for the past 38 years. He leads research at La Trobe University into the impacts of fire on fauna, with his colleague Prof Andrew Bennett. He also maintains an ongoing research interest in threatened species and threatening processes. He was the Convener of the Scientific Advisory Committee on the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act to the Victorian Minister for the Environment for five years. In 2007 he was awarded the DL Serventy Medal by the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union for his outstanding contribution to the scientific literature in ornithology. In 2010 he was an expert witness in fire ecology at the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. In 2014 his research on fire ecology with Prof Bennett was one of three finalists for a Eureka Prize in Environmental Research. He has recently served as an expert advisor to the Victorian Auditor General’s Office examination of Reducing Bushfire Risk. He served as the Head of the School of Life Sciences from 2011-2019. His passion is to see government conservation policy based on the best available evidence.


Cathy McGowan AO

Cathy came to national attention when she won the seat of Indi as an independent in 2013. The community backed her again in 2016. In 2019 Indi made Australian political history when Dr Helen Haines was elected as Indi's second, independent woman. During her time as a politician Cathy actively worked in Parliament to develop policy around regional development, constitutional change for first nations people and a solution to the indefinite detention of asylum seekers. In 2019 she was awarded The Accountability Round Table award for political integrity. She is an Officer in the Order of Australia, a Churchill fellow and lives very happily on her farm in the Indigo Valley in NE Victoria.


Craig Lapsley is one of the most experienced, capable and creditable leaders in the Australian Emergency Management sector.

Strategic and operational leaderships are personal qualities that are second to none and being Victoria’s first Emergency Management Commissioner and the sole Fire Services Commissioner provided the opportunity to create new approaches that changed and improved Emergency Management across Victoria.

The new emergency management approach in Victoria has been community centric and has influenced Australia and the world.

Prior to being appointed to the Commissioner roles, Craig held several senior executive and operational positions within Victoria’s Fire and Emergency Management agencies. He has extensive and broad experience and knowledge in all aspects of Emergency Management including corporate strategy and business management.

Craig was also appointed to senior operational positions in New South Wales Fire Brigade and senior consultant to National Fire Authority Fiji. He has developed and maintained very strong working relationship across the Emergency Management sectors with agencies in the United State of America and Canada.


Moderator:

Professor Katie Holmes is an environmental historian and Director of La Trobe’s Centre for the Study of the Inland. She is the co-leader of La Trobe’s Climate Network and the coordinator of the new Environmental Humanities major within the Bachelor of Arts. Her most recent publication is the co-authored Mallee Country: Land, People, History (2019), and she has also written on Australian gardens; women’s writings; and gender and environment.


Venue Accessibility:

Wheelchair access is available via the Swanston Street Entrance. Use the ramp at La Trobe Street, near the corner of Swanston Street. For more information on access and inclusion visit the SLV website

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State Library Victoria

Swanston Street Entrance, 328 Swanston Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Australia

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