Climate Mate

The Northern Australia Climate Program (NACP)  aims to improve seasonal climate forecasting to producers across Northern Australia and provide climate knowledge and information to help producers better manage climate associated risks.

An initiative of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), the Program is funded by Meat and Livestock Australia, the Queensland Government, and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

Rangelands NRM is one of eight partners across Northern Australia hosting a ‘Climate Mate’, the role undertaken by Rangelands NRM Project Officer Jardine Macdonald.

Jardine, with on-ground support coming from the Northern Territory (NT DPIR) and Western Australia (DAFWA) will work with producers in the West Kimberley and the Pilbara to engage with producers at an individual level. The Climate Mate will be bringing messages such as the latest Bureau of Metrology (BOM) outlook to producers to help them make production decisions based on best available climate predictions.

This will improve knowledge on climate variability and better understand seasonal forecasts especially tailored to the West Kimberley and Pilbara regions and will help producers build resilience and increase business productivity, leading to more profitable and sustainable grazing businesses.

The Climate Mates will be mentored and assisted by an experienced team of climate risk management researchers from the USQ and grazing industry extension officers to help them develop and deliver a climate service based on the main climate drivers in their region.

For more information please access the BOM website or call the Rangelands NRM Kimberley Office (08 9192 5507).