Riverina and South West Slopes Climate Update

New South Wales farmers have the opportunity to hear the latest on climate change science and the outlook for their region thanks to a free briefing on Wednesday, 30 October, organised by climate leading councils across the Riverina and South West Slopes.

The Riverina and South West Slopes Climate Update, featuring Professor Mark Howden of the Australian National University, will be simultaneously broadcast to four Council-hosted meetings in Young, Wagga Wagga, Forbes and Temora. Farmers are also invited to join the briefing online. All attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions via the Sli.Do app or website - simply go to Sli.Do and enter the Riverina and South West Slopes Climate Update event code "RSWSCU".


8:30am: Introductions and welcome

9am: Professor Mark Howden, who is also vice-chair of the IPCC committee, will explain the latest scientific understanding of anthropogenic global warming, climate change and climate variability.

9:30am: Dr Lynette Bettio, BoM, will look at the latest BoM Climate Outlook and will explain how to interpret these reports.

10:00am: Michael Gooden, Riverina Local Land Services will deliver a drought and outlook update for the local eastern Riverina area.


  • Hilltops Council Chambers, Young
  • Wagga Wagga City Council Chambers, Wagga
  • Forbes Shire Council Chambers, Forbes
  • Temora shire council and Farmlink, Trefle shed, Farmlink Temora
  • Online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/171093975?pwd=UWpvTGJjVXJ3QXJGcEFjeG41Q00vUT09. Password: 911589 (New to Zoom? Check out our instructions below)

These events are free but RSVPs are essential. Please go to this page to register for your chosen location: https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/farmersforclimateaction.

Bios for each of the speakers are included below.

For more information, please email Peter Holding at  info@farmersforclimateaction.org.au or phone 0409 049 477.


Professor Mark Howden is Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University. He is also an Honorary Professor at Melbourne University, a Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a member of the Australian National Climate Science Advisory Committee. He was on the US Federal Advisory Committee for the 3rd National Climate Assessment and contributes to several major national and international science and policy advisory bodies. 

Mark has worked on climate variability, climate change, innovation and adoption issues for over 30 years in partnership with many industry, community and policy groups via both research and science-policy roles. He has been a major contributor to the IPCC since 1991, with roles in the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and now Sixth Assessment Reports, sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC participants and Al Gore.

Dr Lynette Bettio is a senior climatologist at the Bureau of Meteorology in the Climate Monitoring team and has a PhD in climate science. The Climate Monitoring team records, monitors and analyses Australia's climate, including rainfall and temperature. Lynette works on improving services within Climate Monitoring and how these are best communicated to the community. This included leading a project within the Bureau on updating drought services which involved nation-wide stakeholder engagement and implementing the subsequent recommendations. Lynette is a member of the World Meteorological Organization expert team on drought. Lynette is one of the authors of the biennial Bureau of Meteorology-CSIRO State of the Climate report which examines and communicates long-term changes to Australia’s climate and has presented extensively around this. 

Michael Gooden is the Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF) with Riverina Local Land Services. RALFs have a network of 58 in every region of Australia. Michael's main role is to promote sustainable land management across the Riverina. The primary focus of Michael's position is to support farmers,industry and community groups to adopt to new and innovative sustainable agricultural practices. Establishing and building networks and partnerships with these key groups is integral to his role. Michael also works across his organisation's agriculture and NRM teams to develop incentive and workshops projects to ensure tha funding requirements are met and projects implement which create practice change through on-farm adoption. Michael has been involved with production agriculture for 20 years and has spent 10 years on either Holbrook or Murrumbidgee Landcare boards. 

Zoom instructions if it’s new to you

If it's a good internet day for you, come online to the meeting space at https://zoom.us/j/171093975?pwd=UWpvTGJjVXJ3QXJGcEFjeG41Q00vUT09 a few minutes before the meeting time.

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October 30, 2019 at 8:30am - 10:30am
Peter Holding · · 0409 049 477