This year’s Expo followed on from the successful Bushfire Build Expo in 2014 which saw more than 750 local residents in attendance, seeking information about fire-resistant building products and building in a bushfire-prone area.
RRT were asked to attend, to showcase their catering capacity in times of disaster for the emergency crews and those in need. Although RRT didn’t actually cater for this event – they did serve up plenty of RRT’s iconic barista made coffee! RFS Faulconbridge provided the sausage sizzle!
The Bushfire Building Expo was an exhibition showcase of leading technology, products and professional services necessary to build in a bushfire zone. The Community Forum presents essential knowledge and information for all residents living in a bushfire-prone area.
This year in addition to the Expo, BMEE held an Industry Conference that explored the key issues around planning, designing and building in a bushfire-prone area. The conference was designed for builders, architects, landscapers, designers, planners, bushfire consultants and any other related industry members. Members of relevant industry bodies such as HIA and MBA earned Continuous Professional Development points by attending the conference.
BMEE was delighted that SBS Insight’s Jenny Brockie was MC at the Industry Conference, and used her considerable talent to moderate presentations, Q&A sessions and panel discussions with industry leaders, including Rob Rogers, Deputy Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service, and researchers from CSIRO, QUT and University of Wollongong.
This event was promoted throughout the hills district, MacArthur and Cumberland areas. RFS also demonstrated the portable weather station, remote firefighting equipment including base camp equipment. BMEE (Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise) organised the venue, exhibitors, activities for kids etc. Local Builders/Landscapers/local Councillors where also present to offer their advice to residents living in bushfire prone areas.
The indications are we are in for a HOT season!