Nature Conservation Council’s 2017 Bushfire Conference

30-31 May, Conference: NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Sydney

1 June, Field Day: North Head fire, restoration and fauna projects

Register and Further Details

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is proud to present our 11th Biennial Bushfire Conference Fire, Fauna and Ferals: from backyards to bush. This multi-disciplinary conference will explore how fire management can support ecological values across the landscape: from our backyards through to the bushland interface and beyond. The program will examine the interactions between fire and fauna across a range of ecosystems and look at integrated approaches to managing fire, native fauna and flora, weeds and pest animals. Building on themes from previous conferences we will continue to showcase on-ground fire and restoration projects and Aboriginal burning initiatives.
This Conference is an opportunity to contribute to discussions on how to move beyond current fire management approaches that aim to minimise environmental harm and toward approaches that help protect, support and restore ecological values.

Four Key Conference Themes

  1. Buildings and backyards for people, plants and animals – risk, resilience and adaptation. How can community acceptance of fire as an integral part of our natural systems be supported and broadened?
  2. Using fire for restoration. How is fire being used for ecological restoration and integrated with other land management practices?
  3. Fire and fauna. What has been learnt about the interactions of fire, fauna and habitat and how is this knowledge influencing on-ground management practices?
  4. Fire, weeds and ferals. How can the interactions of fire, weeds and feral animal species be managed most effectively?

Speakers Include:

  • Associate Professor Alan York, University of Melbourne - managing fire for fauna conservation
  • Professor Ross Bradstock, University of Wollongong - rethinking how we manage the Asset Protection Zone
  • Justin Leonard, CSIRO - supporting community adaptation to fire
  • Lloyd Van Der Wallen, NSW Rural Fire Service - update on Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code
  • Professor Chris Dickman, University of Sydney - fire and feral animals

Other presenters include Councils, NPWS, AFAC, Aboriginal groups, contractors and environmental NGOs.

Download Draft Conference Program

Download Abstracts Booklet

Who should attend? Land managers, fire ecologists, researchers, fire agencies, ecological and restoration consultants, government environment officers, invasive species managers, bush regenerators, organisations / communities / individuals / volunteers investigating and using fire to support ecological values, students.

Further information: or call Michelle Rose on 02 9516 0359

Register and Further Details

Conference Field Day

A day in the field at North Head, walking over project sites, seeing restoration and regeneration in action. How fire influences the management of threatened species including: Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub EEC, Acacia terminalis subsp. terminalis, Long-nosed Bandicoot and Little Penguin. We’ll be engaging in discussion with local experts about the interactions of fire, fauna, flora, weeds, ferals and more. Download the Field Day flyer here.

Download Field Day Flyer

Conference Accommodation and Transport

Here is a map with the location of the venue, nearby railway stations, parking stations and some of the accommodation options.

Where can I stay near the venue? Two of the most affordable conference accommodation options include: Sydney Railway Square Youth Hostel and the Great Southern Hotel Other options close to the venue include: Rydges Sydney CentralThe Vibe Hotel, Travelodge HotelRendezvous Central Hotel and Adina Apartment Hotel.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference sponsorship offers a valuable opportunity to communicate with a wide audience of state and local government representatives, fire agencies, academics, non-government organisations, Aboriginal community groups, restoration contractors, landholders and the wider community.  Download our conference sponsorship pack for full details of the promotional benefits of each sponsorship level. 

Further information: or call Michelle Rose on 02 9516 0359

Conference Sponsorship Information


Flame Robin Image Credit: Tobias Hayashi
We would like to acknowledge promotional support from NRM Jobs.