Desert Channels Queensland and the Australian Rangeland Society are excited to be hosting the “NRM in the Rangelands Conference – shaping our future”, 4th – 8th October 2021 in Longreach, Queensland.

As the impacts of COVID continue, the conference will be held on a virtual platform with a face-to-face hub in Longreach for those who can make it. This will allowing everyone to attend in someway, depending on their location and current travel restrictions. The face-to-face hub will be held in the Civic Centre, Longreach, Queensland.

The 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, in particular Lake Eyre.

Over the last seven years, drought has affected much of the Rangelands and the focus has turned to improving future resilience of the environment, the communities and industry. The conference will showcase and share emerging ideas and innovations so we can collectively contribute to improving the condition of the Rangelands.

A date claimer is available here.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Ross Garnaut: Ross is a world class speaker who advises in the political, economic and agricultural fields. He will provide great insight into what may lie ahead for the rangelands of Australia.
  • Dalene Wray: Managing Director of OBE Organic® Australia’s first exporter of certified organic beef. Dalene is a major force for improving the sustainability of the Australian beef industry.
  • Josh Gorringe: A proud Mithaka man, Josh has been instrumental in helping his indigenous community to deliver large scale projects that involve caring for the land.

Further information can be found at the conference website ( Organization is currently at early stages and the website will be regularly updated as details are finalised.