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Upper Mountains Community Events

Saturday 21st August 2010, from 10:30am to 4:00pm
Blackheath Community Centre, Gardners Crescent, Blackheath NSW

Community Fire Forum

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute and the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre invited residents of the upper mountains to a free information forum about bushfire ecology and management in the region, with a focus on:

  • Bushfire ecology and how it informs bushfire management
  • Bushfire risk management planning
  • Climate change implications and preparedness
  • Challenges of balancing fire management for the protection of World Heritage
    values with protection of human life and property

Fire Forum Collaborators:

  • Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute
  • NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water (DECCW)
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)
  • Rural Fire Service (RFS)

Forum Presenters:

  • Professor Ross Bradstock, Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires, University of Wollongong: "Bushfire risk in a changing world: consequences for our local environments"
  • Dr Liz Tasker, Fire Ecology Unit, Biodiversity Conservation Science Section, NSW
    Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water (DECCW): “Monitoring fire regimes in the Blue Mountains
  • Mr Glenn Meade, Regional Operations Coordinator Blue Mountains, DECCW
  • Inspector Paul McGrath, Blue Mountains region, NSW Rural Fire Service
  • Ms Waminda Parker, Hotspots Project, Nature Conservation Council of NSW

Forum Presentations can be viewed by clicking on the images below:

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[ Download Bushfire Forum Flyer ]

Science Showcase

As part of National Science Week 2010, the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute and Blue Mountains Discovery co-hosted Living Science: free presentations on ecological research in the Blue Mountains.


  • Dr Rosalie Chapple, Research Fellow, UNSW: Modelling and managing for ecosystem change in the Blue Mountains
  • Fiona Thomson, PhD student UNSW: How do plants disperse in the Blue Mountains?
  • Gilad Bino, PhD student, UNSW: Predicting mammal distribution based on modelling habitat
  • Dr Brad Purcell, Adjunct Fellow UWS: Feral pig movement and management in the Blue Mountains and The importance of top carnivores around the world and how this can help dingo management in Australia (2 talks)
  • Zoe-Joy Newby, PhD student, USYD: Plant dieback in the Blue Mountains – the role of Phytophthora

Presentations can be viewed by clicking on the images below:

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