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Pre-Conference Schedule   –   Wednesday, 23 October 2019

9.00amBushfire Recovery Field Trip Pick-up: Fairmont Resort
9:00 - 12:30DAPO Forum Development Assessment and Planning Officers – NSW RFS only
9:00 - 12.30Accredited BPAD Practitioners Professional Development WorkshopFire Protection Association of Australia
9.30Bushfire Recovery Field Trip Pick-up: Springwood
9.45 - 4:30Bushfire Recovery Field Trip Nigel Bell, EcoDesign Architects (Informal CPD Points are available)
1:30 - 5:00BPAD and Regulators - Joint SessionFPAA / NSW RFS
5:00Conference Registration
5:30 - 7:00Official Welcome Reception

Conference Program Schedule   –   Thursday, 24 October 2019

7.45Registration / Arrival Coffee and Tea
8:20Welcome / HousekeepingMC – Bianca Nogrady
8.30Conference OpeningDon Luscombe - Chairman - Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise
8:40NSW RFS Keynote PresentationPeter McKechnie - Assistant Commissioner - NSW Rural Fire Service
9:00Platinum Sponsor Presentation - CSR Cemintel
9:15International Keynote Speaker introductionMC – Bianca Nogrady
9:20Fires Of The Future: How Climate Change and Housing Development may Affect Long-Term Patterns of Fire and Structure Loss Alexandra Syphard, Ph.D. - Chief Scientist - Sage Underwriters
9:45Climate Implications in Planning Policy Justin Leonard – Research Leader – Bushfire Urban Design - CSIRO
10:10Shifts in Bushfire Design for Property Protection in NSWDr Grahame Douglas – Western Sydney University - Academic Course Advisor - Post-Graduate Bushfire
10:35Morning Tea
11:00Gold Sponsor Presentation – Dincel ConstructionsRobert Merjane
11:15Planning Australia: the National Settlement Strategy and the bush fire connectionCatherine Ryland – Meridian Urban / Planning Institute of Australia
11:40Harmonising the Regulatory Framework (NCC2019, AS3959, PBP2019, BVM) Chris Wyborn - General Manager Education & Bushfire Services - Fire Protection Association Australia
12:00Changes to bushfire standards and the resulting impact on test procedures and outcomesPatrick Motteram - Technical Specialist - Warringtonfire
12:25Acceptance of product testing in construction – A certifier’s perspectiveRochelle Mackay - Principal- Development Assessment Team – Blue Mountains City Council
12.45Buffet Lunch Break
1:50Welcome Back MC - Bianca Nogrady
1:55Strategic Land Use Planning and Bushfire Risk Reduction: Integrated Approaches to Growing Community ResilienceLaura Gannon – Principal - Meridian Urban
2:20Understanding the residual risk associated with Acceptable SolutionsRod Rose - Senior Principal – Bushfire – Eco Logical
2:45Fire Engineering – Bushfires, Wind and BuildingsYaping He - Senior Lecturer - School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University
3:10Bushfire Resilience Management - Community & Property Bushfire Resilience Star Rating Project Kate Cotter and John Mealia - Bushfire Building Council of Australia
3:30Afternoon Tea
4:00Gold Sponsor Presentation - TBA Firefly
4.10Shoalhaven City Council Bushfire Subdivision Compliance ReportColin Wood - Section Manager - Building & Compliance - Shoalhaven City Council
4:30Bushfire Planning Best Practice
Panel Discussion:
Chris Wyborn, FPAA
Justine Leonard, CSIRO
Dr Grahame Douglas, WSU
Dr Alexandra Syphard, Sage Underwriters
Corey Shackleton, NSW RFS
5:30Conference Questions and Answers
5:30End of Day One
6:30Networking DinnerHydro Majestic

Conference Program Schedule   –   Friday, 25 October 2019

8:30Arrival Coffee and Tea
9:00Welcome Back MC – Bianca Nogrady
9:05Bushfire community safety – what can research tell usDr Richard Thornton – Chief Executive Officer - BNHCRC
9:25The Rebuilding of Tathra – 18 months on from the March 2018 FiresWendy Bergsma – Dream Design Build
9:40Panel Discussion - TathraWendy Bergsma - Dream Design Build
Corey Shackleton - NSW Rural Fire Service
Colin Wood - Shoalhaven City Council
10:00Maintaining bushfire development compliance – Western AustraliaAnthony Rowe - Senior Bushfire Consultant - Environmental Planning and Management - Emerge Associates
10.15Building with timber in bushfire prone areas.Boris Iskra - National Manager – Codes & Standards for Forest & Wood Products Australia
10:25Morning Tea
10:50Use of Drones for Site Mapping and BAL Assessments Jeff Dau - Bushfire and Development Assessment Officer - ACT Fire & Rescue
11:15Tourist Accommodation, Walking Trails and Bushfire Refuges in Isolated Bushfire Prone Locations – Case Studies from Kangaroo Island, South Australia Leah Bertholini - South Australian Country Fire Service - Bushfire Safety Officer
11:35Using a Bushfire Performance Solution approach for a Dwelling Conversion (Case Study)Dr Grahame Douglas – Western Sydney University - Academic Course Advisor - Post-Graduate Bushfire
11:55A Certified Passive House Built to BAL- FZ Rating in Faulconbridge, NSW (Case Study)Mark Davis – Mark Davis Design and Joe Mercieca – Blue Eco Homes
12:20Target Fire Fitness: preparedness and resilience in the community and the built environmentDr Rachel Westcott and Emilis Prelgauskas - Engine Room Solutions
12:50Conference Close

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