Senior Principal – Bushfire | Eco Logical Australia
Rod is the Senior Principal – Bushfire with Eco Logical Australia and has worked as a bushfire consultant Australia-wide for over 25 years. Prior to consulting he was the Fire Control Officer at Shoalhaven City Council and held various positions with NSW NPWS from Ranger through to District Manager.
His expertise includes spatially based bushfire risk assessment and fire ecology modelling, bushfire performance solutions for critical infrastructure, innovative and pragmatic designs for large scale and higher bushfire-risk developments and landscape-wide bushfire management plans. He has managed over 1600 bushfires and has been an bushfire expert witness in many courts and tribunals around Australia.
Understanding the residual risk associated with Acceptable Solutions
Acceptable Solutions provide a useful way to assess the suitability of development in bushfire prone areas. They are typically considered by bushfire protection designers and assessment authorities as providing an appropriate level of risk management. Their relative ease of use and traditionally accepted benchmarks can however result in the residual bushfire risk being obscure, overlooked or underestimated.
Examples of potentially unacceptable residual risks from well established Acceptable Solutions are provided along with examples of clear over design emanating from Acceptable Solutions. The consequence of misreading or overlooking the residual risk associated with Acceptable Solutions can be significant; with inappropriately vulnerable properties and communities on one hand and unnecessary financial, environmental and social impacts on the other.