Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI) marked International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction by helping launch an Australian-first bushfire and biodiversity tool.

Based on community values, the Upper Beaconsfield Bushfire & Biodiversity Tool provides tailored, local information for residents in the Victorian towns of Upper Beaconsfield, Dewhurst and Guys Hill to make informed decisions about managing bushfire risks while protecting biodiversity on private property.

The user-friendly tool tells the story of the region’s biodiversity values and its devastating bushfire history. It offers evidence-based approaches to help residents assess and take action to manage their bushfire risks while taking account of the environment

bushfire affected land

A performance installation presented by the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance, the Bloodwood Series cycle is a lament and elegy for the lexicon of rare and endangered trees and wildlife that have been burned. Using the metaphor of remembered images of familiar bushland and bushfire-ravaged landscape as points of departure, the Performance, hosted by the Melbourne Recital Centre, provided a meditation on the darkness of the night, and a prayer for deliverance and for a new path in the world to come, for green shoots from the ashes.

Corymbia Eximia: The Bloodwood Series