The Australian 2019/2020 bushfire season was unprecedented in its intensity and geographical spread. Following the fires, Chris worked from March-June 2022 as a Bushfire Recovery Adviser (BRA) for a major church body operating across Victoria, this involving him visiting and supporting affected communities in the east of Victoria. The following two links highlight some aspects of his visits to the field.
BUV Video on Corryong, 5-6th March 2020
BUV Video on Gippsland, 11-12th March 2020
In January 2020 Chris prepared an article on the bushfires for the March 2020 edition of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria’s (GTAV) quarterly ‘Interaction’ magazine. This includes some suggested Classroom Activities for Secondary level students. This gives a good overview of the Emergency Response Stage of the bushfires; some comments on the recovery challenges throughout 2020, this complicated by COVID-19; and some thoughts on future Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) initiatives, these including some related to climate change.Download
Based on his BRA work, Chris has prepared an article on training for bushfire-related field staff and volunteers, these people involved in recovery work within a COVID-19 context.Download
Following the earlier 2009 bushfires in Victoria, Chris coordinated some church-based community recovery work on a number of weekends during 2009-2011. Follow the link below for a copy of bushfire-related Project Design Document (PDD) relating to this.Download
Following this 2009-2011 work, Chris prepared a short article on the management of volunteers in such situations.Download
Aspects of bushfires is covered in the online, accredited, Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program which runs from early August through to mid October each year.Download