Kate Harris is an NSW BPAD Level 3 Bushfire consultant. Operating as a consultant her primary role has been helping clients achieve legislative requirements relating to bushfire risk and protection for their proposed development. Over the years when revisiting past project sites, and also recently seeing first hand how some of these places fared in the recent fires, she has become particularly interested in the significance of APZ sustainability.To further this, she is currently undertaking a research project as part of a master’s degree in Bushfire Protection from the University of Western Sydney.
Before becoming a Bushfire consultant, she began her career as a Soil Conservationist for the NSW Soil Conservation Service and worked throughout NSW on land degradation issues relating to vegetation destruction as well as developing technical guidelines and preparing maps. She then managed environmental training programs for the Landcare Environment Action Program, before becoming the NSW Research Officer for the NSW Advisory Panel for the Australian Heritage Commission. She has also worked as the Catchment Management Planner for Kiama Council as well as being involved in the development of a formal Environmental Management System for the Wollongong City Council.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science Agriculture, Post Graduate Diploma Natural Resource Management, Post Graduate Diploma Environmental Management (specialising in ISO 14001), and a Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Protection.