Climate change


Regional people know better than most about the impact of our changing climate.

Every day they see the impact that hotter and drier conditions are having on their communities. We know that in the years to come, these trends will worsen, making it harder to grow crops and produce livestock.

In Indi, some projections show our spring rains could decline 35 per cent and, with more heatwaves and more intense bushfires, people’s health will also suffer.

The vast majority of Australians want the federal government to take more action to secure the future of regions, and to make the most of new opportunities.

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Indi communities are particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. We’re experiencing extreme summer heat, less reliable autumn breaks, reduced winter and spring rainfall and drops in snow cover. We may well see the complete loss of the Victorian Alpine zone this century.

The 2009 Black Saturday fires which ravaged Indi’s Murrindindi, Indigo, Wangaratta and Alpine communities are still fresh in the memories of many people.

We urgently need more investment in research and development. Innovative policies will encourage and enable agriculture to adapt to a rapidly changing climate and identify and pursue new, profitable and sustainable opportunities.

I’m working to secure the development of a national plan to support Australia’s vital agriculture sector to give greater support for the development of new climate-resilient crops, and enable farmers easier access to funding for improving their soils through carbon farming.

As the world transitions to a less carbon-intensive economy, the opportunities for regional Australia are abundant. I am determined to deliver these benefits for our Indi communities.

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January 20, 2020

Welcome bushfire business package

A small business bushfire assistance package announced by the federal government today echoes what I have been hearing from dozens of small business owners in affected communities.

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January 15, 2020

Health works fast-tracked

Albury Wodonga Health capital works funding for specialist clinics is to be brought forward by three years following the North East 2020 new year bushfire emergency.

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January 15, 2020

Grasping the bushfire challenge

Australia needs a nationwide plan to adapt to a changed climate and the tasks that follow are crystal-clear. We will not simply walk into the inferno.

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