Audio Recordings of The Nature of Fire and Prescribed Burns on the South Coast.

This forum was held at the Denmark Civic Centre Tuesday, February 25, 2020

*Gold coin donation – part proceeds to the Denmark Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

*Please bare in mind that this is our first time recording at an event such as this. We are not professionals… please understand that the volumes levels may very from presenter to presenter. Thank you so much. 

Introduction: Beverley Ford – Denmark Ratepayers & Residents Association Inc

Cr. Mark Allen – Compere

Lester Coyne – Welcome to Country



Presenter: Terry Redman, MLA, Member for Warren-Blackwood

“Protecting Communities”

Terry is the Member for Warren-Blackwood and is a staunch defender of regional interests. He was first elected to represent the seat of Stirling in February 2005. Since then his electorate has been re-named Warren-Blackwood and expanded west to include towns like Pemberton, Manjimup, Bridgetown, Augusta and Margaret River.

Following the election of the Liberal-National government in 2008, Terry was appointed as the Minister for Agriculture and Food, and Forestry. He has also held the portfolios of Corrective Services; Housing; Training and Workforce Development; Water and Regional Development.

As the Minister for Regional Development, and custodian of the Royalties for Regions program, Terry has overseen an unprecedented level of investment across regional WA.

As a member of Cabinet, Terry approved the $20 million Royalties for Regions funding for the Enhanced Prescribed Burning Program as he believes enhanced fire mitigation and management strategies are important for the safety, economic stability and liveability of regional communities.


Presenter: Melanie Haymont, Shire of Denmark

“Shared Responsibility”

Melanie’s current position is Bushfire Risk Planning Coordinator for the Shire of Denmark, Shire of Plantagenet and the City of Albany. Her field of study is in Agriculture and Horticulture. She has worked in the mining industry during the late 90’s covering various roles including community engagement,  sustainability projects , mine site closure and rehabilitation.

As a Mum, Melanie spent 12 years at home raising two boys and then in early 2016 started working on the Bushfire risk management project for the shire of Jerramungup and Ravensthorpe which  continues now with the Shires of Denmark and  Plantagenet and the City of Albany.  She lives in Denmark with her two boys who attend Denmark High and is a Volunteer with a local bushfire brigade, member of the Surf club and a better than average Soccer player although she doesn’t rate herself.


Presenter: Professor Kingsley Dixon

“Fire and the future of our biodiversity”

As Foundation Director of Science at Kings Park and Botanic Garden for 32 years, Professor Dixon has established its research capacity in the conservation and restoration sciences building a group of over 50 scientists and graduate students. His programs emphasise ‘science-into-practice’, and has been funded by 44 industry partners, representing $24M of research funding in the past decade. As Curtin Professor at Kings Park and Botanic Garden since 2015, he has established new science partnerships, winning nationally competitive funding of $7.6M, creating the International Network for Seed-based Restoration and foundation Chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia.  Professor Dixon was named the WA Scientist of the Year in 2016.

*Unfortunately, Kingsley was not available to answer any questions on the evening. However, you can email any questions for Kingsley to


Presenter: Dr. Philip Zylstra

“Cooperation and Invasion”

Phil Zylstra is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wollongong. With a background conducting management burns for graziers in the NSW high country, Phil moved into fire management. Here, he learned new perspectives from Ngarragu and Wolgalu teachers, and, in discussion with other remote-area firefighters, he conceived a fundamentally new approach to understanding fire behaviour. Phil’s focus is on moving away from simplistic answers to understanding how different forests limit or spread fire, and what approaches we might use to work with these natural controls instead of attempting to override them.


Presenter: Dr. Joanna Young

“Policy, Planning and Outcomes: Adapting fire management for dry times”

Dr Young is a renowned Botanist and dieback specialist and a local who now lives in Marbellup but has previously lived amongst the tingle and karri forests of Walpole.



Presenter: Kath Kinneer, Bio Diverse Solutions

“AS3959 as a scientific measure of bushfire risk and legal obligations of managing bushfire fuels on private property”

Director and Principal – Environmental and Bushfire Consultant Bio Diverse Solutions. B.Sc Technology Studies & Environmental Management, Dip Business Studies and Grad Dip Environmental Management, Level 2 BPAD Accredited

Kathryn has extensive knowledge of Natural Resource Management and bushfire planning with 25 years’ experience in the discipline. Her understanding of ecological processes and threats to biodiversity has been from both field applications and report writing in her employment in government and private industry.  Bio Diverse Solutions (BDS) was developed by Kathryn Kinnear in 2009 and is an environmental and bushfire consultancy which provides specialised services to clients within Western Australia across a range of fields. With offices in Albany and Denmark WA, and servicing the wider regional areas of the state, Bio Diverse Solutions aligns solutions to environmental and bushfire problems. In 2018 Kathryn was the recipient of the Fire Protection Association Australia “Ron Coffey Award for Excellence in Bushfire Protection” for her work in the bushfire industry.


Presenter: Wayne Green, Regional Superintendent, DFES

“Community Centred Emergency Management”

Wayne Green’s working life began as apprentice in Carpentry and Joinery with the Defence Force serving 8 years in the Royal Australian Engineers.  After discharge he began a career as a Firefighter in the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service (NTFRS) and in 1998.

He returned to WA and joined the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) in January 2003 as a lateral entry Fire Fighter from the NTFRS.  He was recognised as a Senior Fire Fighter in 2004 where his skills as an Internal Structural Firefighting Instructor were used to develop a Compartment Fire Behaviour Training program for Career and Volunteer firefighters across WA.

Wayne graduated from the Station Officer Development Program in October 2011, where he managed numerous fire stations South of Perth until accepting a position as Structural Firefighting and Communications Subject Matter Expert located at the WAFES Academy in Forrestfield. In 2013 he was appointed as Metropolitan Coordinator where his main responsibility was to manage the Operations Centre.

In June 2014 Wayne graduated from the District Officer Development Program and was given the responsibility of managing the DFES Simulation Centre Project and then in November 2016 was appointed the Superintendent for the Great Southern region responsible for volunteers and career staff across 11 Shires including Denmark in the west, Esperance in the East and Kojonup to the north.


Conclusion: Cr Mark Allen and Beverley Ford

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Author: Caren Blair