Panel: A changing world, 10 years on from Black Saturday
“I don’t think it mattered who you were or where you were. Right around the Country, we all felt that event in the pit of our stomachs.” A decade ago, Victoria’s 2009 Black Saturday bushfires made their indelible mark in Australia’s story. The events of that time, including the subsequent Royal Commission, have had national impact. A decade on, we take some time in this session to reflect. How have these events changed our work and our sector? And what personal lessons and insights have been infused in today’s leaders? We could easily fill this discussion recapping the tangible actions: implementation of recommendations, new national strategies, new policy, new research, new technology, new investment, new ways of working with communities. It is however, important that we also offer a deeper reflection on how we have changed as a sector because of 2009, and how difficult some of that change has been (so far). How we as leaders, professionals, and a broad community of people dedicated to seeing safe and resilient communities have been impacted. Our panel will share different perspectives on how the events of 2009 have served as a catalyst for change, personally and professionally.