Call for EP bushfire experiences

A researcher gathering information on bushfire experiences on Eyre Peninsula is relaunching her survey to gather insight from local farmers.

Dr Rachel Westcott has been conducting a PhD research project to fill gaps in knowledge about managing animals during a bushfire emergency.

Dr Westcott said she released a survey late last year but found it to be bad timing.

“It was too close to the end of the year and harvest last year and I now feel the time is right to have another crack at it,” she said.

Dr Westcott visited the Eyre Peninsula in 2015 for initial consultation and data collection but said she hoped to cast a wider net with her survey.

She initially talked to people between Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay as well as local emergency services but also did phone interviews with people as far away as Sheringa.

Dr Westcott said she was fascinated by people on Eyre Peninsula and how they had managed incidents such as bushfire.

“One of the reasons I chose Eyre Peninsula is because of the recent and major fire history and because of the diversity in animal ownership and the strength and resourcefulness of the people in the region,” she said.

For the survey she is reaching out to all primary producers.

She said the survey would be open indefinitely but she would like to get enough information by the end of April. 

The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Farmers-fire-and-animals and for more information visit ptlincolnproject.wordpress.com

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