Faculty Advisor

Billiar, Kristen

Faculty Advisor

Madan, Ryan Smith

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia


Australia is one of the most bushfire-prone areas in the world. Initial reports by fire authorities show communities around urban parklands are unaware of the bushfire risk they face. This project was commissioned by the Bushfire CRC to serve as a pilot program for the study of bushfire communication in communities within the urban-parkland interface. Through literature review and interviews with community members and officials in Blackburn, we found current communication campaigns to be ineffective. We generated a series of recommendations to improve the effectiveness of communication around the City of Whitehorse with specific goals for communication in Blackburn.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts