Steve has over 30 years' experience in emergency management. Firstly, as a volunteer in Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Victoria State Emergency Service, then as a community bushfire safety facilitator, an emergency management coordinator with local government, and an emergency management consultant undertaking projects for local, state and federal levels of government. Now retired, Steve is committed to supporting other disaster affected communities, their leaders, and supporting organisations.
In 2009, Steve's community of Strathewen and his own property were devastated by the Black Saturday bushfires where 27 people died in Strathewen and 80 out of 100 homes were destroyed. Steve was one of the community leaders who established the Strathewen Community Renewal Association and has served on many local and district committees, including being a founding member of Strathewen Landcare Group (1992) and has been President for over 16 years.
Steve has initiated, led and facilitated the development of concepts and application of community-based emergency management, working closely with communities of Gembrook, Macclesfield, Kalorama and Monbulk to explore and develop their own emergency management arrangements. He also led the development of a community centred approach to bushfire fuel management for the protection of townships, working with community members, DELWP, Parks Victoria, local government and CFA. This process has been applied to a number of towns in the Yarra Valley and in Mallacoota.
Steve is a founding member of Disaster Recovery Advisors and Mentors Australia and is a Steering Committee member. His mentoring experiences include the development of a community led recovery process for Mallacoota following the 2019/20 bushfires as well as support to recovery practitioners and community leaders in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.
Kris has been the Manager at Mountains Community Resource Network (MCRN) since March 2012. MCRN is the peak body for the Community sector in the Blue Mountains. In this role, Kris convenes and supports a range of cross-sectoral interagencies and networks. MCRN advocates strongly for the critical need for community voices, and for the central role of locally-based community sector organisations & groups, in recovery.
Kris’s previous experiences include management of national not for profit peaks in Canberra for 10 years (including CEO, Horticulture Australia Council; CEO, Deafness Forum of Australia; Assistant Director, TAFE Directors Australia; Museums Australia). Prior to that, she ran her own consultancy firm (1990-2002); commonwealth public sector (in vocational education & training 1982-1990); secondary teaching for 8 years, and also volunteering roles (counsellor, professional supervision, management committee) with local community sector organisation (Parent Support Service) for 14 years.
Following the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires, Kris Chaired the Wellbeing (Psychosocial) Recovery sub-committee, and again after the 2019-20 Black Summer fires –followed by floods and COVID.
Since 2013 Kris has also convened the Resilience & Preparedness (R&P) Group –now merged with Wellbeing to form the Recovery, Resilience & Preparedness (RR&P) Group. She is also a permanent Observer (representing the community sector) on the Blue Mountains Local Emergency Management Committee.
Kris’s formal qualifications include: BA; Dip. Ed.; Dip. Psychology (Counselling).
Dr. Kate Brady has had a distinguished career over the past decade in disaster recovery operations, programming and research. After establishing and leading the Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery program for more than 10 years, Kate is now a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and a technical adviser to Australian Red Cross and other organisations.
Most of Kate’s work focuses on what people find helpful and unhelpful after disasters. Throughout her career, Kate has had significant influence on State and National emergency management policy and has an international profile in collective trauma, risk and resilience and in disaster recovery program evaluations. Kate has received Meritorious Service Awards from both Australian and New Zealand Red Cross for work in disaster recovery. In 2010 Kate was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to identify successful international psychosocial support programs and in 2014 she was granted EMPA fellowship status. In 2021, she became the host for the ABC podcast ‘After the Disaster’.
Anne has 25 years’ experience in community and economic development through her roles in local and state Government, emergency management and adult education. Anne worked on behalf of Murrindindi Shire Council to coordinate recovery efforts for the Kinglake Ranges following the 2009 Victorian Bushfires and has also worked with disaster-impacted communities in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and New Zealand. Anne’s extensive experience includes facilitation of state-wide consultation sessions with staff and stakeholders for the development of the Victorian Department of Land, Water and Planning Customer Charter, and design and delivery of a national tour of masterclasses on disaster recovery for the International Association for Public Participation Australasia (IAP2).
In 2018, Anne was lead writer on the development of Handbook 12 – Communities Responding to Disasters (Planning for Spontaneous Volunteers) and a review of Handbook 2 – Community Recovery for the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience. Anne specialises in working with large and small groups on strategic planning, policy development, disaster recovery and managing outrage. She holds a masters’ degree in Social Science and has authored published papers on drought policy, communicating in emergencies, and the role of community leadership in disaster recovery. Anne has designed and delivered professional development training for recovery practitioners in all Australian jurisdictions and in New Zealand, and was a Core Values Awards judge for IAP2 in 2017 and 2019.