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Building Community and Bushfire Resilience – Friday Forum
Nov 24, 2023, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Each summer has been predicted to be the hotter than the last as government and policy makers grapple
with what can be done to cope with climate change. This panel highlights community capabilities and
decision-making to build resilience and recover from natural hazard events. Associate Professor
Jessica Weir will be speaking about what Indigenous people are saying about cultural burning, how it
is being heard by government agencies, and the consequences for responding to an escalating
catastrophic bushfire context. Ms. Celeste Young will focus on community strengths and capabilities
from the Black Summer Bushfires in East Gippsland in 2019/2020 to explore how new understandings
are driving change in how we think about communities and their local knowledge in bush fire recovery.
Ms. Rhonda Ayliffe will talk about her community and role as project lead in the creation of the
Cobargo Bushfire Resilience Centre since the NSW bushfires in 2019. She will also discuss the recently
completed Badja Forest Rd Oral History Project with the National Library of Australia and how creative
practice informs her research, ‘Ash Alchemy: Art after Fire’
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