Our Future Plan

The NRM Plan in your words

We travelled from Stanthorpe in Southern Queensland to Injune, out west, asking people about the future of our landscape and communities. What do they think will make our region more sustainable? Is there a future for our kids? This film was produced as part of our Regional Natural Resource Management Plan for the Border Rivers and Maranoa-Balonne which sets out project priorities for the next 20 years or so. We hope you enjoy the film and please – have your say on the plan.

CSIRO tackling summer heat


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Where building temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius (10 more degrees and you could fry an egg on the sidewalk!), it is easy to understand why a high proportion of electricity is used for air-conditioning and to supply fresh water.

Conventional energy sources such as diesel are becoming increasingly unsustainable, so CSIRO is working to equip households and community-based enterprises with energy management resources.

This work is happening in North Queensland and the Northern Territory and you can read more over on the CSIRO blog.

Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy

The Queensland Government is working with the community to make sure the state is on track to manage the impacts of climate change.

The government is seeking community feedback by December 14, 2016 to help inform the development of the Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy.

Submissions may include suggestions on what adaptation will look like in a particular region or sector, or you can share details of important adaptation activity already happening.

Visit the Queensland Government site here for submission details and background documentation.

Wheat and climate

Wheat growers facing a delayed start to harvest after a wetter-than-average winter and mild spring are keenly aware of the impact climate variability has on profit.

But how can weather be effectively factored into farm planning?

It is a question well-known climatologist Professor Roger Stone, Director at the International Centre for Applied Climate Science at the University of Southern Queensland, investigated as part of a ‘Risk in Farm Profit’ research project funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

You can read the full story at the Queensland Country Life online.

2016 State of the Climate report released

Australia is experiencing more extremely hot days and severe fire seasons according to the findings of a new climate report from the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology.

The biennial CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology State of the Climate report draws on the latest climate monitoring and science to show how the climate is changing.

CSIRO Senior Scientist and leader of the NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, Dr Helen Cleugh says the changes re due to an increase in greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, which act like a blanket by keeping heat in the Earth’s lower atmosphere.

“Australian temperatures will almost certainly continue to increase over the coming decades. Temperature projections suggest more extremely hot days and fewer extremely cool days.”

State of the Climate 2016: Fast facts

  • Australia has warmed by around 1 °C since 1910.
  • The number of days per year over 35 °C has increased in recent decades, except in parts of northern Australia.
  • There has been an increase in extreme fire weather, and a longer fire season, across large parts of Australia since the 1970s.
  • May–July rainfall has reduced by around 19 per cent since 1970 in the southwest of Australia.
  • April–October growing season rainfall has reduced by around 11 per cent since the mid-1990s in the continental southeast of Australia.
  • Rainfall has increased across parts of northern Australia since the 1970s.
  • Global sea level has risen over 20 cm since the late 19th Century with about one third of this rise due to ocean warming.
  • The 2016 global annual average CO2 level will almost certainly exceed 400 ppm.
  • The overwhelming contribution to the additional CO2 in the atmosphere is from human activities, mainly the burning of fossil fuels.
  • The atmospheric CO2 increases in 2015 were the highest ever observed.

You can read the full story here on the Bureau website. The report is available here from the Bureau or here on the CSIRO website.

Customised climate forecasting for lot-feeder

The University of Southern Queensland has been engaged by lot-feeder Mort & Co to provide a customised climate forecasting service to help it better manage risk in its business, which includes cattle, cereals and cotton.

“This sort of customised climate forecasting is based on a three-month risk assessment, which might say an El Nino is likely to bring drought or challenging conditions to eastern Australia, but above-average seasonal conditions for the US, India or China,” USQ International Centre for Applied Climate Sciences climate scientist Dave McRae said.

“As a big commodity producer and consumer, that’s quite important to Mort & Co because of their exposure to international beef and feedgrain prices.”

You can read more about it in the Queensland Country Life or at the University of Southern Queensland.

Community Consultation is here!

This Plan belongs to the community and that includes you.  We value your opinion and would love to hear from you – about your thoughts on our region and how its assets should be assets.  So whether you are a land holder, student, scientist or just a concerned citizen, we would love to hear from you.

The NRM Plan of a region…

Welcome to the website for the latest update of the Regional Natural Resource Management Plan.

If you live in the Border Rivers or Maranoa-Balonne or visit our wonderful part of Queensland, this Plan is actually all about you. This Plan is all about giving everyone the chance to build the future of the region, to enhance what we have, protect our natural heritage, learn from each other and  make a positive difference.

This is a community-driven Plan and everyone in the region has a role to play in its development, its implementation and tracking its success stories. Land managers, those engaged in industry and business, governments, community groups, students and everyday community members all have an opinion on what is best for our region and have the ability to shape its future by their actions.

This Plan is being coordinated by the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee and we’ll keep you up to date with the DRAFT Plan, events and news here on this site as well as on our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.