NRM in the Rangelands Conference

Shaping our Future, 2021

4th-8th October 2021- Longreach, Queensland

Desert Channels Queensland and the Australian Rangeland Society jointely hosted the NRM in the Rangelands Conference- shaping our future, 2021. Between 2014 and 2021, drought has affected much of the rangelands and the focus turned to improving future resilience of the environment, the communities and industry. The NRM in the Rangelands conference showcased emerging ideas and innovations to collectively contribute to improving the condition of this unique environment.

Rangelands cover about 80% of the Australian interior, spanning 3100 km east to west and 1400 km north to south. This vast region contains varied landscapes, including,  savannas, woodlands, shrub lands grasslands and wetlands. Water supply is often sporadic with many river systems draining into internal lakes, such as Lake Eyre.

Further information on the conference can be accessed from the website via this link

The Abstracts document can be accessed here SOF 2021 Abstracts booklet.docx Papers presented at the 2021 conference are included below.

Disclaimer: These papers have not been refereed by the Conference Program Committee. The content of each paper is the responsibility of its authors. The Editor has formatted abstracts and papers to a common style.

Social identity in two rural communities_ a prison or path

Author: Saleena Ham

Agriculture is part of the solution

Author: Caroline Harris

The E-Beef Project

Authors: John McLaughlin and Kate Paterson

Evaluating native Pilbara plants

Author: Zoey Durmic

Testing a new perspective on remotely sensed ground cover

Author: Terry Beutel

The Queensland land condition monitoring program_ up and running

Author: Terry Beutel

AgCarE – Agriculture Caring for the Environment through measuring, building and trading Natural Capital

Author: Greg Leach

Do we really need to burn the bushes?

Author: Robyn Cowley

Changes in land management practices have reduced wind erosion on the cropping country of south

Author: Luke Stacey

Investigating the spread and impact of Indian couch in Queensland and identifying management options for beef producers

Author: Nicole Spiegel

The Beef Industry Trifecta

Author: Bob Shepherd

Was 2019-20 the dustiest year since 1944-45 in New South Wales?

Author: John Leys

Quality Graze turning off beef while improving land condition

Author: Chris Materne and Alison Kain

Wet season phosphorus supplementation increases grazing pressure

Author: Geoff Neithe

Land condition assessment tool

Author: Rob Hassett

The effect of fire on the long-term dynamics of Carissa ovata

Author: Peter O’Reagain

Managing sustainably and profitably in a highly variable climate

Author: Peter O’Reagain

Grazing systems_ Recent Findings in Australia

Author: Terry McCosker et el

Rabbit management_ A foundation for healthy rangelands

Author: Peter Day and C Ireland

Addressing phosphorus deficiency in northern Australian beef production

Author: Lachlan Godson

Is there a link between dieback in Mitchell grass?

Author: Stuart Buck

NRM in the Rangelands Drought paper

Author: Angus Whyte


21st Biennial Conference, 2021

Presentation videos from 2021 Conference

Adoption of Technology – Josh Nicholls & Chris Poole

Discussion Panel – John McLaughlin, Rebecca Barnetson & Jason Farrell

Determining antecedent pasture state for climate-resilient grazing across the rangelands – Jason Barnetson

The E-Beef Project: Supporting the Grazing Community and the Environment- John McLaughlin

Measuring ground cover with satellite data: an overview of products – Rebecca Farrell

A Drought Hub for rangelands from central NSW to the Gulf

Prospects for extending seasonal climate predictions beyond 1 year – Shamila Sur

Discussion Panel – David Cobon, Roger Stone, Sharmila Sur, Christa Pudmensky

Extreme climate forecasting tools for the northern red meat industry – Christa Pudmenzky

Enterprise choice and drought resilience in central-western Queensland – Mike Pratt

The Drought and Climate Adaptation Program – Neil Cliffe

Discussion Panel – David Phelps, Angus Whyte, Mike Pratt and Neil Cliffe

Drought Management – A Southern Rangeland Perspective – Angus Whyte

Building a social licence for the emerging carbon farming sector in the rangelands – Alex Baumber

Agriculture is Part of the Solution – Caroline Harris

Developing and Using Climate Products for Practice Change – Chelsea Jarvis

Discussion Panel – Alex Baumber, Chelsea Jarvis and Caroline Harris

Panel Discussion – Landholders’ experiences with practical management – Mike Pratt, Bob Shepherd, Angus White, James Henderson

Scaling up regeneration in the Rangelands – Graham Finlayson

Discussion Panel – Pieter Conradie, Bob Shepherd, Dionne Walsh, Graham Finlayson

The North Queensland Beef Industry Trifecta – Bob Shepherd

Are clean green rangelands enough?- Dalene Wray

The benefits for graziers of maintaining Dingoes – David Pollock

Discussion Panel – Dionne Walsh, Angus Emmott and Morgan Gronold,

The fence that’s saving the outback – Morgan Gronold

Opportunities to build resilience of beef cattle properties in the Mulga Lands – Maree Bowen

Investigating the spread and impact of Indian couch in Queensland – Nicole Speigel

Grazing Systems: 30 Years of Change in Australia – Terry McCosker

The Queensland land condition monitoring program – Terry Beutel

Land condition assessment tool (LCAT) – Rob Hassett

Managing sustainably and profitably in a highly variable climate – Peter O’Regain

Spelling strategies for recovery of poor land condition – Paul Jones

AgCarE – Natural Capital Certification for Landscape Resilience – Greg Leach

Discussion Panel – Pieter Conradie, Peter O’Reagain, Paul Jones

Discussion Panel – Pieter Conradie, Terry Beutel, Rob Hassett and Greg Leach

Discussion Panel – Dionne Walsh, Alison Kain, Wendy Williams and John Leys

Was 2019/20 the dustiest year since 1944/45 in New South Wales? – John Leys

Quality Graze: turning off beef while improving land condition in Central Australia – Alison Kain & Chris Materne

Biocrust hotspots for grazing management and biodiversity in northern Australia – Wendy Williams

Great Expectations – A landscape scale approach to rangeland recovery – Simon Wiggins

ESRM planning, delivering NRM action and direction through collaboration – Richard Marver

Quantifying the outcomes of NRM investment in improved grazing land management – Paul Webb

First Nations and Water – Paul McDonald

Discussion Panel – Chris Norman and Andrew Drysdale

Discussion Panel – Heather Channon, John Hodgon, Glen Landsberg

Managing in a variable climate – Kate Urquhart

Adoption of Technology – Josh Nicholls & Chris Poole

Conserving threatened species beside primary production, it’s all about partnerships – John Hodgon

Tackling biodiversity impacts from feral pigs – we’re stronger together – Heather Channon

Restoring floodplain function in the Rangelands of South West Queensland – Glen Landsberg

The Power of Partnerships at a National Level – Chris Norman;

The ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of rangeland’s Natural Resource Management policy – Andrew Drysdale

Success and challenges for the rangelands – Tony Hill;

Do we really need to burn the bushes? – Robyn Cowley

Discussion Panel – Bob Shepherd, Fran Lyons, Susan Orgill and Robyn Cowley

Rangelands rehydration; a landscape scale approach to increase groundcover and soil carbon – Paul Theakston & Susan Orgill

Aboriginal cultural site protection – a three way collaboration – Paul Theakston

Discussion Panel – Josh Gorringe, Paul Theakston and Paul McDonald

Reconnecting with country through traditional knowledge and science – Josh Gorringe

First Nations and Water – Paul McDonald

Discussion Panel – Chris Kiernan , Riley Rocco and Hayley McMillan

Landholder led Conservation in the Rangelands – Riley Rocco

How do on-farm improvements affect your environmental stewardship credentials? – Hayley McMillan

Sustainable road corridor land management in central western Queensland – Chris Kiernan

Conserving threatened species beside primary production, it’s all about partnerships – John Hodgon

How Mental Fitness Helps On-ground Decision Making – Tim Driscol

Social identity in two rural communities – a prison or a path – Seleena Ham

Pathways to Adoption – Mitchell Plumbe

A Generative New Deal for the Outback – John Brisbin

Clicked or dismissed? How to write a well-read e-newsletter article – Jodie Ward

Discussion Panel – David Phelps, Seleena Ham, Anna Cochrane and Tim Driscoll

Discussion Panel – Mitchell Plumbe, Jodie Ward and John Brisbin

Modern Leadership in the Australian Pastoral Industry – Anna Cochrane