October 21, 2013
North Coast farmers are invited to an information day at Grafton later this month covering the latest long-term climate predictions for the region and how to be prepared for the future.
The day will be held from 9am to 3.30pm at Grafton Primary Industries Research Station at Junction Hill on Tuesday 29 October.
“It will be a great opportunity for farmers to catch up and share knowledge – and enjoy a barbeque lunch,” said DPI Rural Support Worker Tracey Settree, who is organising the day.
“Informative speakers will discuss topics from climate advice to flood preparedness, hearing protection, succession planning, psychological first aid and seasonal conditions.
“Farmers in the region are still getting over the floods and now we are looking at very dry conditions and potential bushfires – we need to be prepared for these sorts of events in the future and build our resilience to cope.”
Ms Settree said DPI agricultural climatologist Michael Cashen would outline on the day the Clarence Valley’s historic climate variability, apparent climate trends and drivers, and new predictive tools.
DPI regional director Rik Whitehead will discuss flood risk on the north coast and how to best prepare our farms.
Ian McGowan from DPI will provide an overview of the Seasonal Conditions Report, how it is developed and what it is used for. There will also be a condensed presentation of the SES State Seasonal Briefing including Flood and Storm Safe information.
Stuart Brummell from the Rural Financial Counselling Service will outline the assistance available to explore options and set goals for farm succession – a topic that can have a huge influence on farm families, businesses and assets.
Steve Carrig, Rural Adversity Mental health Program will give a snapshot of the principles of psychological first aid and what to expect in times of adversity.
Suzie O’Brien of Hearing Australia will explain the importance of protecting your hearing – and why treating hearing loss should be a priority for all farmers.
Bookings are essential so please RSVP to Tracey Settree, DPI Grafton on 6640 1618 or email email@example.com