Your BPAD Acredited Fire Scientists

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Professional Consulting

Abel Bushfire is an integrated arm of Abel Ecology, utilising BPAD-accredited practitioners for bushfire risk assessment. Abel Ecology can provide specialised ecology reports including Vegetation Management Plans (VMP), Prescribed Ecological Action Reports (PEAR), Arboriculture Impact Assessments (AIA) and Biodiversity Development Assessment Reports (BDAR). Bushfire protection and ecological constraints are often at odds with each other so an integrated approach can streamline the process for both client and consent authority.


Abel Bushfire practitioners can provide assessments and reports for residential, commercial and industrial projects, subdivisions, Special Fire Protection Purpose projects. We can also supply Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) certificates to support Complying Development Certificates (CDC).


What is a BPAD-accredited practitioner?

Not all bushfire protection practitioners are the same! A practitioner accredited under the Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) scheme is professionally trained, qualified and experienced and will competently assess bushfire risk to provide practical advice on protection of property and people. The BPAD scheme is nationally administered by Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia).


A BPAD-accredited practitioner will ensure that a proposed development complies with all bushfire related planning, development and building laws and meets the requirements of local councils and the NSW Rural Fire Service.


A professional assessment of the likely impact of bushfire on a property by a BPAD-accredited practitioner could result in saving thousands of dollars in construction costs.



For all development types - large infrastructure to domestic housing

Wild Nature

Due Diligence and Pre Purchase
Opportunities and Constraints

A comprehensive approach before plans are final

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Reports for DA & CDC

Expert Guidance



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Mark MacKinnon

Qualifications: B Env. Sci. (Hons),

Grad Dip Bushfire Protection


Accredited Practitioner Level 3 - Bushfire Planning & Design (BPAD)

Accreditation number 36395.

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First Aid Cert.

Mark is a passionate and enthusiastic scientist who thrives in the field of natural resource management. He has experience in threatened species, fire ecology, bushfire management, pest plant and animals, and landscape restoration. In particular he specializes in ornithology and bushfire management. Mark has a number of specialized field-based skills including: nest box installation, simple and complex tree climbing, working at heights, general firefighter departmental fire accreditation, venomous snake and reptile handling, immunization to handle bat species, and an A - class bird banding licence with mist-net endorsement. Mark is also skilled in ArcGIS mapping, first-aid, four -wheel-driving.

Warwick Fear

Qualifications: B App. Sci. (Hons); PhD;

Grad. Dip. in Bushfire Protection

Bushfire Planning & Design (BPAD),

Accredited Practitioner Level 2.

Accreditation number 48550

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First Aid Cert.

Warwick has a background in a number of scientific disciplines and applications. Previous roles include public and private sector work within the human biological sciences and secondary school Science teaching. Warwick has worked within the field of bushfire protection since 2016 and his current role within Abel Ecology is as a Bushfire Scientist.



Unit2, 10-11 Ferguson Road,
Springwood NSW 2777

02 47519487

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