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Ku-ring-gai Council: Bushfire retrofit workshop

Wednesday 30 Sep
- Wednesday 30 Sep




About this event

Join Nigel Bell an award winning architect from the Blue Mountains on how to prepare your home for the next bushfire season.

About this Event

Join Nigel Bell an award winning architect from the Blue Mountains for an in depth presentation on things you need to know about retrofitting and preparing your home for the next bushfire season. This is an essential event for anyone living in a house in Ku-ring-gai.

80% of homes lost during a bushfire occurs from ember attack often far away from the fire front.

We welcome all interested in joining us, not just Ku-ring-gai Residents.

Please note that ticket sales will end 1 hour before the event starts.

More about Nigel Bell

Bushfire CV

Nigel is a practising architect and planner for over three decades within the bushfire-prone Blue Mountains and elsewhere, dealing with all planning, design and construction issues. Personal and professional /project awards include a Churchill Fellowship, a Banksia Environment Award (for a project destroyed in the recent bushfires) and Blue Mountains award for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Practice. His design process integrates a wide range of inputs around site, people, place, landscape, sustainability – and increasingly – bushfire design. Following the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria he facilitated community recovery in Marysville and Triangle that included a Visioning Day to lift both hope and vision (with 300 participants), followed by an intensive Phoenix Workshop (‘design charette’) for 125 people over 2.5 days, negotiating bushfire rebuilding across community and government agencies.

In consequence, Nigel has been at the forefront of bushfire issues from writing design guides, educating community and professionals, Building Back Better conference (February 2020), bushfire-building research, running Bushfire Recovery Tours (past BMEE conferences) and more. He has represented the Australian Institute of Architects on bushfire matters at the recent Royal Commission and on all three Australian Standards (Refuges, AS 5414 Bushfire water spray system, AS 3959 Construction standards for bushfire prone areas). So Nigel brings decades of bushfire planning design and construction experience to the conference, across community, regulations, theory, and onwards into ‘everyday’ practice.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For more information please call Ku-ring-gai Council’s Sustainability Team on 9424 0893 or email sustainability@kmc.nsw.gov.au 

How do I attend this event?

This event will be hosted through Zoom. Please ensure you have downloaded the app and are familiar with it. Details will be provided to those who have registered. 

Please note: While this activity is FREE to attend, they do cost us to run. If you have booked and can no longer come, please let us know as soon as possible. We often have a waiting list for events and can fill your place with advanced notice. We try to run our programs sustainably, keeping catering and materials waste to a minimum. Thank you.

Event Terms and Conditions can be found on our website.

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