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Helping farmers prepare for climate change

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 - 11:30am
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Farmers and landholders in the Golden Plains Shire can get ahead of their competition by attending a short workshop focused on the farming opportunities that are expected to emerge as a result of climate change.

Climate change is recognised as one of the leading drivers of change for Australian agriculture. To remain competitive and sustainable, farmers need to be equipped with appropriate knowledge and information to plan for such change.

As part of the Future Landscapes project, the Golden Plains Shire Council, in collaboration with neighbouring municipalities, commissioned research scientists from Deakin University to identify how climate change will impact farming in the Central Highlands Region through to 2070.

The results of that research will be available at a free workshop to be held from 10am to noon on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Bannockburn Cultural Centre Main Hall, 27 High Street, Bannockburn.

The researchers combined land suitability information and climate data to develop a series of models to predict the future suitability and performance of a range of farming commodities in the Central Highlands region.

Golden Plains Shire Council CEO Rod Nicholls said the information generated by the project would be used by council staff, farmers and landholders to inform land use planning and decision making.

“This new information will help us to achieve optimised food and fibre production while ensuring long-term sustainability,” he said.

“I encourage all farmers in the Golden Plains Shire to attend this two-hour interactive workshop to learn how to access the data, hear about future farming opportunities and talk one-on-one with the Deakin researchers,” Mr Nicholls said.

To register for this event, email by Friday, October 28. For further information, contact Dale Smithyman on (03) 5220 7103.

Future Landscapes was a collaborative project between the municipalities of the City of Ballarat and the Shires of Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees and Cultivate Agribusiness. It also received funding from the State Government.

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Future Landscapes media contact: Sue Titcumb 0417 368 671


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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.