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What is it about Australia that makes it so prone to fires? Have humans made things work, or better? Is it possible to live in the Australian bush but be safe from fire? Fires are a constant and ongoing part of our history, ecology and culture. Yet despite repeated disasters across the last two centuries we seem no better at surviving bushfires today than when fires burnt through the first European settlements. Building on her book, research conducted for the Country Fire Authority of Victoria and the experiences of the Black Saturday, Danielle explores the complexity of the issues around bushfire preparation and what stops us from being ready for the inevitable firestorms.
Danielle discusses how she came to be a writer and the inspiration that drives her books. She follows the journey of her books from her childhood living on a boat, through her early working life in museums and zoos. For younger audiences, Danielle shares samples of writing she did as a child at school and […]
Bushfire preparation is a complex and challenging message to convey. And yet after every fire there is ample evidence that even the basic elements of bushfire education haven’t reached the most vulnerable parts of the community. While physical preparation is relatively straightforward, psychological preparation for bushfires is a lot more difficult to achieve and may […]
Killer whales are one of the most ferocious predators in the oceans. They eat anything that moves, from the tiniest fish to the largest blue whale. They chase seals up onto the beach and treat white pointer sharks as playthings. But for the whalers of Eden on the southern coast of New South Wales, killer […]
How can we engage with the community and get them to take on the messages we are trying to promote? How can we get them to listen? Community engagement can be one of the greatest challenges for organizations involved in leading and changing public opinion, attitude and behaviour. Drawing on experience from Victoria’s public land […]
Good written communication skills are an essential for school and work. These workshops focus on fundamental writing skills which will allow participants to increase the clarity and logic of their writing, whether in essays, business or even fiction! Participants work on their own writing samples and with each other to identify common problems and methods […]
Could Australia really have been French? James Cook wasn’t the only European interested in Australia. Since the late 1700s numerous well-equipped French expeditions visited our shores, often causing concern and anxiety among British authorities. But what were the French really interested in? Did they have territorial ambitions here? Danielle Clode explores the history of French […]
Session description: Step back to a time when giant goannas and marsupial lions stalked the Australian bush. Imagine herds of two-tonne diprotodons roaming the plains and flocks of flightless ducks bigger than emus. Using a mix of illustrated talk and hands on activities, zoologist and science writer Danielle Clode will explore: • How do palaeontologists […]