After losing his native pepperberry orchard in the New South Wales Southern Tablelands during the 2019 bushfires, Mr Tim Wimborne turned to pasta-making. Dealing with the devastation of lost crops and infrastructure, Mr Wimborne kept pepperberry in his life, sourcing a local organic supplier to infuse his pasta with the spice. Tim’s story offers us a lesson in Australian resilience as demand for his product remains high; he now supplies thirty retailers with this boutique product.   

But what about the future of Australia—a nation that is prone to bushfires in a temperature-rising climate? 

Well, Tim, along with his wife Meraiah Foley, have thought about that too.  

In the rebuilding of their farm, the married couple have made sure to plant non-flammable species around the orchard and are working with other landholders to make sure pepperberry crops are sustainably spread throughout the region.  

Read the full story of the resilient farm owners.  

Griffith is aware of the terrible impact of bushfires and have created a platform to seek, research and enable effective and just climate action called Climate Action Beacon. Aligning ourselves with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, Griffith has projects, initiative and research for real transformative action.   

For more on this topic, you can explore bushfire and climate change via Griffith Research Online (GRO). Some articles of interest include:  

Fire memories: gathering stories about the fire impacts and responses to build resilience  

The semantics of bushfire in Australian English  

Mental health, climate change, and bushfires: What’s colonization got to do with it?   

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