Communities and bushfire hazard in Australia: more questions than answers

Cottrell, Alison (2005) Communities and bushfire hazard in Australia: more questions than answers. Environmental Hazards, 6 (2). pp. 109-114.

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The issue of communities and their exposure to bushfire hazard is highly topical internationally. There is a perceived trend of greater exposure to bushfire risk which is exacerbated by increased levels of building in fire-prone areas or peri-urban regions. There is a need to clarify what we understand to be peri-urban regions, and how we conceptualise and describe the communities that reside in them, in order that efficient and effective services are provided. However, more questions arise for us. For example: Where are these communities located? What do we know about the people who live there? What are the implications for bushfire mitigation? Despite being problematic, locality remains important to the understanding of communities, bushfire hazard and delivery of services.

Item ID: 8537
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1747-7891
Keywords: understanding communities; bushfire risk; wildfire risk
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Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2010 05:36
FoR Codes: 12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120501 Community Planning @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961010 Natural Hazards in Urban and Industrial Environments @ 100%
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