WA Emergency Management Conference

Preparing for a new era of disasters

Wednesday, 13 October, 2021 (International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction)
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

Do you have something important, innovative or thought-provoking to share that has the potential to shape how we prepare and respond to the increasing rate and severity of disasters driven by climate change?

The Shire of Dardanup is gathering experts for an industry-leading, live-streamed state emergency management conference in October and we’re looking for dynamic presenters who can contribute under the theme ‘Building Capacity to adapt in an Era of Unprecedented Disasters’.

It’s time to think outside the box and with funding assistance through the State Emergency Management Committee’s AWARE Grants Program, the Shire is leading the charge.


Dr Robert Glasser 
Head of the Climate and Security Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)


  • United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Head of the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
  • Member of the Secretary General’s Senior Management Group
  • Member Deputy Secretary General’s Climate Principals Group
    Secretary General CARE International

Dr Glasser has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, advocate and policy-maker in the areas of climate change, sustainable development and disaster response.

Dr Kate Brady
National Recovery Adviser, Australian Red Cross. Research Fellow – Community Resilience, University of Melbourne


  • Research expertise in collective trauma and community recovery after disaster or upheaval.
  • Distinguished career over the past decade in disaster recovery operations, programming, training and resource development.
  • Significant influence on State and National emergency management policy
  • International profile in collective trauma, risk and resilience and in disaster recovery program evaluations

Since completing her PhD in 2020, Kate has joined the team at the University of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health as a Research Fellow. Her research focuses on what people find helpful and unhelpful after disasters.

Aaron Kearney (OAM)
ABC International Pacific Disaster Preparedness Broadcast Unit Lead and host of “Pacific Prepared” program


  • Multi-award-winning broadcaster, photojournalist, sports commentator, five-time New York Festival award winner, AIPS Sports Award Silver Medallist and Prodi Journalist of the Year
  • Walkley Award Winner for emergency broadcasting
  • Works across newspapers, television, radio and social with Fairfax, Channel Seven Australia, the ABC and others

Aaron is in demand across the globe for his experience in broadcasting, commentary, storytelling and innovation, working for the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, the BBC World Service and universities and corporations on five continents. An inaugural Summer Fellow at Reuters Institute for Journalism at the University of Oxford, he holds a Masters Degree and Graduate Certificate from Griffith University, specialising in broadcast for development.

Lewis Winter

Adjunct Lecturer in Emergency Management, Charles Sturt University


  • Worked at Federal, State and Local Government level on innovative emergency management projects.
  • Contracted by WALGA to train local government personnel in emergency management.
  • Contracted to train Australian Defence Force officers on base.
  • Consults to industry and government departments in Australian and overseas on complex emergency management projects and plans.
  • Recovery coordination following large scale emergencies.

Lewis has a Masters Degree in Emergency Management, an Advance Diploma in Public Safety, Diploma in Business, Diploma in Local Government and is a Certified Practicing Risk Manager.

Tim Muirhead

Director of CSD Network


  • Over 30  years’ experience in all aspects of community and cross-cultural development. The CSD Network, established in 1993, specialises in these fields, working with all spheres of government, and  the non-government and community sectors.
  • Author of “Weaving Tapestries – the new handbook for developing community”, used by many community workers and community members, particularly in WA and  ‘Finding Heraan’ an allegory that specifically addresses the importance of sharing our often different truths and insights.
  • Reputable trainer and presenter in the fields of community development and engagement as well as (alongside Nyoongar colleagues) Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations.

At all times Tim works to foster collaborative approaches between people with often diverse knowledge, skills and perspectives. He creates environments in which participants can speak, and hear each other, with courage, confidence and openness. His approach to developing community is focused clearly on developing human spirit and connection. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, specialising in Psychology, Anthropology and Human Geography.


Severe weather is creating disasters like the 2019 New South Wales Bushfire Crisis and this year’s Wooroloo Bushfires, Cyclone Seroja and flash flooding. Here in the South West of WA a 16 per cent decline in rainfall has been recorded over the past 30 years, driving more extreme fire weather and increasing the likelihood of disasters beyond our historical experience.

It’s time to think outside the box and with funding assistance through the State Emergency Management Committee’s AWARE Grants Program, the Shire is leading the charge.

Topics we hope to explore during the conference include:

  • The impact of climate change;
  • The role of traditional, Indigenous and local knowledge and practices;
  • Supporting the ongoing health and wellbeing of volunteers and personnel;
  • New technologies for working in crisis situations;
  • Planning for animal welfare;
  • Creative new perspectives not limited or controlled by rules or tradition.


Potential presenters can make an application here. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words.

For more information along with requests for emailed updates on the conference as further details are confirmed please register here.


Some of Bunbury’s accommodation providers are offering discounted rates for your convenience during your visit.