The Australian Bushfire Building Conference will be conducted as a live and virtual happening this year Thursday, 17th – Friday, 18th September, and will feature Australia’s top bushfire researchers as presenters.

Stronger and Smarter – Lessons Learnt will be the theme of this year’s sixth annual conference, hosted by the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE).

The live event will take place in Leura at the Fairmont Resort, situated in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Emergency Broadcaster ABC Radio’s Simon Marnie will serve as emcee for Thursday’s morning session.

The virtual conference will be celebrated in the OnAir from EventsAir portal, and will feature online discussion groups, live polls, networking assemblies, and an online meeting hub that will allow industry pros to convene. Both happenings will run at once.

The 2020 itinerary features a keynote presentation from Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM, the inaugural Commissioner for Resilience NSW and former Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons states that with longer and worsening fire seasons facing us, it is essential to initiate pivotal conversations that will set the course of future days.

He said that the bushfire phenomenon in particular must be discussed, so that building industry professionals can be better prepared to meet the challenges of next season.

Featured speakers will include:


  • Joshua Whittaker, Research Fellow from the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires at the University of Wollongong, who will address his studies on the topic of resilience and community recovery in the wake of a bushfire emergency.
  • Justin Leonard, Research Leader of Bushfire Urban Design at CSIRO, will disclose his research findings into structural performance during the course of the 2019/20 Black Summer Bushfires.
  • Dr Grahame Douglas, ACA Bushfire Protection & Building Surveying, Construction Management at the Western Sydney University, will talk about his case study, ‘Conjola Park: A case study of House Losses and Lessons to be Learnt.’


Topics addressed during the two-day conference will investigate bushfire design for BAL homes, bushfire bunker design, simulated bushfire testing, and the application of new technology for bushfire preparation.

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