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BUILDING BUSHFIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES

October 2020

Forrest, The Otways, Victoria

Register now (below)

 
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WHY OTWAYS FIRE & RAIN SUMMIT 2020?

This summer, the threat of more frequent and intense bushfires from a warming climate has become a terrifying reality for many of us in bushfire prone towns.

In the Otways town of Forrest, we're gathering inspirational stories and remarkable people for a community-led summit with leaders from community, government, academia and business.


Across two days of conversations, presentations and immersive local experiences, we'll learn from each other, grow new partnerships and co-design pathways and actions to help build bushfire adapted communities.

 

TWO DAYS OF LEARNING, CONNECTING AND CREATING PATHWAYS TO MORE FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES

ILLUMINATING STORIES

Stories that show how people, communities and government are already making progress. Forrest is a nexus for land managers and connections, and has its own unique story

TIME & SPACE FOR LEARNING

Learning and discovering new ways to thinking and accelerating progress in these complex times

CONNECTING LEADERS

Leaders who want to make a difference and a commitment to change

TRANSFORMING

Transforming current ways and established systems. Finding SOLUTIONS that we take together to build bushfire-adapted communities

 

OUR TEAM OF SPEAKERS

CO-DESIGNING OUR FUTURE FOR BECOMING BUSHFIRE-ADAPTED

ROBERT GLASSER

Former Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

SHARON BRADSHAW

Forrest Brewery co-owner & Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism board member

JUSTIN LEONARD

CSIRO Research Scientist - Bushfire Urban Design

REBECCA PATRICK

Deakin University Climate & Health researcher

JACK PASCOE

Conservation and Research Manager, Conservation Ecology Centre

 

OUR SCHEDULE | DAY ONE

Day 1 invites us to open up, inquire and learn from each other, from our expert team and from stories that show how we are already making progress. We will explore and connect the key elements of bushfire-adapted communities. Together, our work on Day 1 will reveal the topics, challenges and questions that most need our attention on Day 2. 

9 AM

SETTING THE SCENE

Welcome and introductions

An opening where everyone feels welcome and connects with new and familiar people.

Presentations and conversations with our Fire & Rain Expert Team of Speakers

Dr Robert Glasser will set the scene for what the future holds

11 AM

BUSHFIRE-ADAPTED COMMUNITIES

Understanding and examining what are the key elements required for bushfire-adapted communities in the future. Justin Leonard will explain how being bushfire-adapted is a system, not just individual parts. He will challenge us to think about living with bushfire, and how we manage the risk as part of our everyday lives.
This interactive session will include:
* Stories from our expert team
* An interactive panel discussion and exploration of the key elements required for bushfire-adapted communities in the future
* Opportunities for questions and cafe conversations between all participants and our team

2 PM

EXPLORING THE KEY ELEMENTS

In the afternoon we dive deeper, together into the key elements. We move to different venues across the Forrest township and open up to a more intensive inquiry and new understandings. We will harvest the key insights and questions that set our Fire & Rain agenda for Day 2. 

The key elements include:

* The built environment - building design & landscape function

* Our natural environment - fire behaviour & control techniques

* The economic environment - in tourism towns

* Our social environment - education, community resilience and preparedness

5 PM

REFLECT & RELAX

Grab a drink, relax and discover Studio Forrest's ephemeral art installation "Resilience of Fragility"

Followed by dinner & tunes

 

OUR SCHEDULE | DAY TWO

Day 2 will focus on the future and on the actions that are needed next. If we re-imagined the future, what could it look like for communities in bushfire affected areas? If we identified the right priorities and worked together in new ways, what could we do together? What can and must be done next?


 

9 AM

RE-IMAGINING THE FUTURE

We’ll summarise our understandings from Day 1 and re-imagine a future for communities in bushfire affected areas. What are the priority areas? And, what are the next steps?
What does the past tell us about the future? Jack Pascoe and others will be part of our conversation.
And, do we start our bushfire learning early on? The Forrest Primary School students will share with us their learnings about bushfire principles and behaviours.

11 AM

CLARIFYING INTENTIONS

Together, we’ll clarify our intentions – which parts of the system need attention? What can and must be done to ensure a path toward bushfire-adapted communities.
* What’s already working that needs to continue or scale up?
* What do we need to stop doing?
* Where do we need to innovate and experiment?
We’ll hear from change makers already making a difference.

1 PM

TAKING ACTION, NEXT STEPS

How do we take the next steps?
What can we do together?
What can and must be done next?

3 PM

Bringing it all together

CLOSING COMMENTS

OTWAYS FIRE & RAIN SUMMIT 2020

Co-design, commit, accelerate

 

WHO IS THIS EVENT FOR?

OTWAYS FIRE & RAIN IS FOR ANYONE WHO:

* Is not satisfied with the way things are now… and wishes to influence the future with others
* Wants to hear stories about what is working now and walk away re-inspired about their own work
* Is uncertain and has questions about something they are working on right now
* Has an idea they want to test with people from outside their own community, workplace or discipline
* Needs to pause and have time to think… for just 2 days... immersed in the beautiful Otways township of Forrest

WHAT WILL WE GET FROM THIS EVENT?

New Understandings

See current problems and future possibilities through different eyes

Strengthened Relationships

Build empathy, trust and a willingness to work together beyond the event horizon

Clear Intentions

Clarify our intentions of the future we’re working towards. How we see, transforms our will

Actions that transform our situation

New understandings, stronger relationships and clear intentions can help us to transform our actions and thereby our situations

 

REGISTRATION

THE ORGANISERS

Otways Fire & Rain Summit 2020 is co-ordinated by the Forrest Gateway to the Otways project - an initiative of Forrest & District Community Group.

This project is funded by DELWP under the Virtual Centre for Climate Change Innovation.

forrestgatewayproject@gmail.com

Forrest VIC 3236, Australia

Delegates $250, Locals $90. Tickets inclusive of meals, tea/coffee

Forrest offers a delightful range of accommodation. Many providers have a place-holder for the summit. Visit www.forrestvictoria.com

 

OUR SUPPORTERS

Working Together

 

AIDR

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) develops, maintains and shares knowledge and learning to support a disaster resilient Australia.

COLAC OTWAY SHIRE

Located in Victoria’s south-west, the Colac Otway Shire is diverse and beautiful, with volcanic lakes, craters and plains in the north; hinterland forests of the Otway Ranges running through the centre; and the Great Ocean Road coastline in the south. The lush rainforest and internationally recognised waterways and Great Ocean Road coastline all make Colac Otway Shire a place people want to live, work and visit. The region is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque municipalities in Victoria.

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, LAND, WATER AND PLANNING

We’re focused on creating a liveable, inclusive and sustainable Victoria with thriving natural environments - where the community is at the centre of everything we do.