||I n September 2004, some 14 months after the establishment of Australia's Bushfire CRC, the then Prime Minister announced the allocation of an additional $3 million for fire-related research in the high country regions of south-eastern NSW and north -eastern Victoria. The funding was provided to address some of the key issues identified by the House of Representatives Inquiry into the 2003 Bushfires (Nairn, G. et al. 2003, A Nation Charred: Inquiry into the Recent Australian Bushfires. Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia).|
The first research task was to identify the critical scientific issues that needed improved understanding if fires in these areas were to be better managed. A multidisciplinary project was designed to address a range of issues within the fields of ecology, risk management and social science.
The project has now built a scientific evidence base that is improving our current understanding of the effects of bushfire in the high country and the effects and effectiveness of fuel management practices.