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.

NCCARF webinar: natural ecosystems – from land to sea

The final of NCCARF’s series of webinars exploring key climate adaptation topics is happening on May 22.

Natural ecosystems – from land to sea
22 May 1pm AEST
Bleaching coral, massive bat and bird die-offs, and changing sex ratios in turtles are just some of the alarming evidence of how natural ecosystems are already succumbing to the changing climate. The implications for our fauna and flora—as well as the businesses that rely on them (e.g. fishing, farming, forestry and tourism)—are broad ranging and potentially devastating. So what can we do? Do we need to change the way we manage and conserve our natural resources? Do we need to change our business models?
Panelists:
Dr David Rissik (NCCARF)
Professor Stephen Williams (James Cook University)
Additional panelist to be confirmed

Register your attendance at: https://nccarfwebinars.eventbrite.com

Read more here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nccarf-climate-adaptation-webinar-series-tickets-32611157851

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Have you booked? Ag climate forum in the Burnett

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One of our neighbouring natural resource management groups is planning an ag climate forum in May, with QMDC Chief Executive Officer Geoff Penton among the guest speakers.

Join the Burnett Mary Regional Group in the Bunya Mountains from the May 10-11, 2017 for the Ag Climate Forum – a two-day, facilitated event for agricultural extension officers, industry stakeholders and NRM professionals.

The Ag Climate Forum will feature presentations from people working at the coalface of climate science research, practice change and policy in Agriculture.  Keynote and invited speakers include:

  • Robbie Sefton, Sefton & Associates
  • Professor Richard Eckard, University of Melbourne
  • Graeme Anderson, Agriculture Victoria
  • Ben Keogh, Australian Carbon Traders
  • Geoff Penton, Queensland Murray-Darling Committee
  • Cam Nicholson, Nicon Rural Services
  • Terry McCosker, CarbonLink
  • Neil Halpin, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QLD)
  • Stephen Kimber, Department of Primary Industries (NSW)
  • Justine Cox, Department of Primary Industries (NSW)
  • Bree Grima, Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers
  • Terry McCosker, CarbonLink
  • Veronica Chapman, Burnett Catchment Care Association.

The Ag Climate Forum will be held at the Poppies on the Hill Cafe Conference Centre in the picturesque Bunya Mountains.  It starts at 10.30am on Wednesday, 10 May, and concludes at midday the following day.  Cost to participate is just $75 per person – includes all meals, twin share accommodation at the Bunya Mountains, and take home resources. Download the flyer  and speakers profile for further information.

RSVP online via  TryBooking by May 5 – or phone BMRG on 4181 2999.  Queries – contact Ag Climate Forum Coordinator and Facilitator Michelle Haase via email.

This event is an initiative of the Burnett Mary Regional Group’s Carbon Farming Project, which is funded by the Australian Government. For more information on the Carbon Farming Project, please contact Cathy Mylrea at Burnett Mary Regional Group for NRM on 07 4181 2999 or email.

NCCARF webinar: cities adapting to climate change

The next of NCCARF’s series of webinars exploring key climate adaptation topics is happening in May.

Cities adapting to climate change
3 May 2pm AEST
Our urban centres are already facing  challenges of growing demands on housing and infrastructure. Preparing cities to be ‘climate ready’ is critical to minimising risk for urban communities and, in the longer term, to improving urban resilience to projected climate change impacts. The challenges are complex and prompt a rethink of the traditional ways that we plan and build our cities and infrastructure. So how do we change the way we plan, manage and maintain or cities into the future?
Panelists:
Dr Sarah Boulter (NCCARF)
Professor Barbara Norman (University of Canberra)
Associate Professor Ron Cox (University of NSW)

Register your attendance at: https://nccarfwebinars.eventbrite.com

Read more here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nccarf-climate-adaptation-webinar-series-tickets-32611157851

 

NCCARFwebinars

There is only one more webinar left in this series.

Natural ecosystems – from land to sea
22 May 1pm AEST
Bleaching coral, massive bat and bird die-offs, and changing sex ratios in turtles are just some of the alarming evidence of how natural ecosystems are already succumbing to the changing climate. The implications for our fauna and flora—as well as the businesses that rely on them (e.g. fishing, farming, forestry and tourism)—are broad ranging and potentially devastating. So what can we do? Do we need to change the way we manage and conserve our natural resources? Do we need to change our business models?
Panelists:
Dr David Rissik (NCCARF)
Professor Stephen Williams (James Cook University)
Additional panelist to be confirmed

 

Mapping key biodiversity areas: Birdlife Australia

Birdlife Australia has released an interactive map allowing easy identification of your nearest Key Biodiversity Area.

If you think you don’t know anything about Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), you’re in for a surprise! Some of the most recognisable natural places in Australia are also KBAs, and it’s quite possible that you’ve visited one of them. In the Border Rivers/Maranoa-Balonne this includes the Traprock region. You can check out exactly where via the Birdlife Australia map available here: http://www.birdlife.org.au/campaigns/closer-than-you-think.

Birds of Millmerran

Birds of Millmerran

NCCARF webinar: trade, aid and tourism

The next of NCCARF’s series of webinars exploring key climate adaptation topics is happening this month.

Register your attendance at: https://nccarfwebinars.eventbrite.com

Read more here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nccarf-climate-adaptation-webinar-series-tickets-32611157851

Trade, aid and tourism under climate change
18 April 1pm AEST
Climate change in Australia means more than just what happens at home. It can affect Australia’s appeal as a tourist destination, alter the competitiveness of our export and create new international tensions that must be managed through foreign policy. Australia has strengths in research and development, natural resource management, energy technologies and climate change adaptation practices that can be mobilised to meet these challenges. Join us for a discussion about Australia and its international context under a changing climate.
Panelists:
Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF)
Professor Jon Barnett (University of Melbourne)
Additional panelist to be confirmed

NCCARFwebinars

There are two more webinars in this series:

Cities adapting to climate change
3 May 2pm AEST
Our urban centres are already facing  challenges of growing demands on housing and infrastructure. Preparing cities to be ‘climate ready’ is critical to minimising risk for urban communities and, in the longer term, to improving urban resilience to projected climate change impacts. The challenges are complex and prompt a rethink of the traditional ways that we plan and build our cities and infrastructure. So how do we change the way we plan, manage and maintain or cities into the future?
Panelists:
Dr Sarah Boulter (NCCARF)
Professor Barbara Norman (University of Canberra)
Associate Professor Ron Cox (University of NSW)

Natural ecosystems – from land to sea
22 May 1pm AEST
Bleaching coral, massive bat and bird die-offs, and changing sex ratios in turtles are just some of the alarming evidence of how natural ecosystems are already succumbing to the changing climate. The implications for our fauna and flora—as well as the businesses that rely on them (e.g. fishing, farming, forestry and tourism)—are broad ranging and potentially devastating. So what can we do? Do we need to change the way we manage and conserve our natural resources? Do we need to change our business models?
Panelists:
Dr David Rissik (NCCARF)
Professor Stephen Williams (James Cook University)
Additional panelist to be confirmed

Murray-Darling Basin Authority releases 2017 environmental water outlook

Each water year the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) prepares environmental watering priorities for the Murray–Darling Basin. The priorities guide environmental watering across the Basin to achieve Basin-scale outcomes for flows and connectivity, native vegetation, waterbirds, and native fish.

Environmental watering to meet these Basin priorities will also support essential
ecosystem processes needed to achieve these outcomes such as nutrient cycling and food
production.

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This year’s outlook, released on April 3, 2017, describes seasonal and ecosystem conditions and provides an early indication of the likely watering priorities from 2017-18.

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority is anticipating wet conditions in early 2017-18, noting that this may change as the year progresses and is trending towards moderate to dry in parts of the northern Basin.

The focus of environmental watering will be to consolidate the benefits of high flows in 2016 and build resilience of ecosystems ahead of the next, inevitable dry period.

You can click here to access the full pdf report for this year’s outlook from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

What critter is that?

Have you ever spotted a plant or animal and been unsure of what it is?  If the answer is yes, then you’re not alone. Not only that, but the Atlas of Living Australia has come up with a set of top tips for identification!

  1. Visit the ALA identification page
  2. Use the ALA maps to see what’s already been spotted in your location.

All the links you need are on this ALA blog post.

PS, that cute little guy in our image? That’s a pobblebonk. You can read all about the species here on the Frogs of Australia website.

NCCARF webinar series starting soon

A series of upcoming webinars by NCCARF will explore key climate adaptation topics from extreme events, to urban and natural system, and to trade, aid and tourism.

Over the next three months, four webinars (see topics and summaries below) will explore these topics with a panel of experts as well as provide participants the opportunity to join in the discussion online.

At NCCARF we work to support decision makers throughout Australia as they prepare for and manage the risks of climate change and sea-level rise. We do this through new research, communication and networking.

Register your attendance at: https://nccarfwebinars.eventbrite.com

Read more here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nccarf-climate-adaptation-webinar-series-tickets-32611157851

Extreme climate events: future risks and impacts
21 March 3pm AEST
Extreme climate events – heatwaves, floods, windstorms and bushfires – can quickly become disasters if communities aren’t prepared. Extremes are how we will experience the change in climate – more so than creeping averages. So how do we prepare for these dramatic events? Join our webinar panel looking at projections of extreme climate in the future, the impacts of these events on our built environment and communities, and how we can adapt.
Panelists:
Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF)
Dr Scott Power (Bureau of Meteorology)
Dr Matthew Mason (University of Queensland)

Trade, aid and tourism under climate change
18 April 1pm AEST
Climate change in Australia means more than just what happens at home. It can affect Australia’s appeal as a tourist destination, alter the competitiveness of our export and create new international tensions that must be managed through foreign policy. Australia has strengths in research and development, natural resource management, energy technologies and climate change adaptation practices that can be mobilised to meet these challenges. Join us for a discussion about Australia and its international context under a changing climate.
Panelists:
Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF)
Professor Jon Barnett (University of Melbourne)
Additional panelist to be confirmed

Cities adapting to climate change
3 May 2pm AEST
Our urban centres are already facing  challenges of growing demands on housing and infrastructure. Preparing cities to be ‘climate ready’ is critical to minimising risk for urban communities and, in the longer term, to improving urban resilience to projected climate change impacts. The challenges are complex and prompt a rethink of the traditional ways that we plan and build our cities and infrastructure. So how do we change the way we plan, manage and maintain or cities into the future?
Panelists:
Dr Sarah Boulter (NCCARF)
Professor Barbara Norman (University of Canberra)
Associate Professor Ron Cox (University of NSW)

Natural ecosystems – from land to sea
22 May 1pm AEST
Bleaching coral, massive bat and bird die-offs, and changing sex ratios in turtles are just some of the alarming evidence of how natural ecosystems are already succumbing to the changing climate. The implications for our fauna and flora—as well as the businesses that rely on them (e.g. fishing, farming, forestry and tourism)—are broad ranging and potentially devastating. So what can we do? Do we need to change the way we manage and conserve our natural resources? Do we need to change our business models?
Panelists:
Dr David Rissik (NCCARF)
Professor Stephen Williams (James Cook University)
Additional panelist to be confirmed

 

Impact of climate change pervasive: report

The impact of climate change on the Australian environment and its ecosystems is increasing and some aspects may be irreversible, the latest State of the Environment report has warned.

In articles by in the Queensland Country Life and Sydney Morning Herald, it was noted that a summary provided to Fairfax Media warns of increasing pressures from coal mining, the coal-seam gas industry, habitat degradation, land-use change and invasive species.

Further concentration of the country’s population in coastal cities, particularly in the south-east corner, will also put “substantial pressure” on the environment, the report says, particularly if urban growth is “poorly planned and executed”.

You can read

Accessing regional stats on business and innovation

The Office of the Chief Economist has two interactive self-service tools to help unlock Industry and Innovation data for Australian regions.

The Industry Map is a companion product to the Australian Industry Report (see Chapter 7 of the 2016 issue). This tool can help you unlock industry changes in your region. This tool contains the department’s first issue of experimental Gross Regional Product data as well as business counts, population estimates, labour force and industry employment data.

The Innovation Map is a satellite product to the Australian Innovation System Report and the Australian Geography of Innovative Entrepreneurship (2015) research paper. This tool identifies the location of innovation activities (R&D expenditure, patent and trademark applicant counts) and business creation (new businesses) across Australia over time.

You can find them here: https://www.industry.gov.au/Office-of-the-Chief-Economist/Publications/AustralianIndustryReport/Industry-Innovation-Map.html

HINT: when you click through to the industry or innovation maps, our regions are Darling Downs & Maranoa, and Toowoomba.