Canberra Bushfires 2003 & Ember Protection

On the 8th January 2003 in Canberra, with temperatures around 370C, low humidity and strong gusty winds, lightning strikes caused multiple bushfires to break out in the Kosciuszko and Namadgi National Parks surrounding Canberra. By the 18th January these fires combined to create a 25 km fire front and with wind gusts of up to 65 km/h, the fire raged towards the outer suburbs of Duffy at around 3pm on…

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Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas

On Monday 7th December 2015, the Western Australian Government gazetted a new planning policy for bushfire prone areas in WA. State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas was released to supersede the previous SPP 3.4 Natural Hazards and Disasters. The new SPP plans to provide greater consistency and application in risk-based land use planning and development within areas prone to bushfire. The new policy can be downloaded from…

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Spring and BAL Assessments

Hi and sorry for the lack of posting in recent months. It’s been a crazy spring, I’ve had a lot of rare flora surveys as well as the usual fauna surveys to conduct. I’ve had help from a botanist friend of mine and been looking at some really interesting plants. I’ll talk more about this in a later post. Well summers nearly here and the weathers warming up. Time to…

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Hello and welcome

Hello and welcome to the Ecosystem Solutions blog. As you can probably tell, this is the first post I have made and I thought I would do a brief introduction and tell you my expectations from this blog. My name is Gary McMahon and I started Ecosystem Solutions in August 2005 (yep, the 10 year anniversary is just around the corner!). Prior to that I worked in numerous nature conservation…

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