Experts line up for Climate Risk in Agriculture Conference

Award-winning ABC Landline reporter, Tim Lee will be at the West Gippsland Arts Centre in Warragul on Thursday, 20th June, as part of the Climate Risk in Agriculture Conference.

The conference is presented by the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, and CEO Martin Fuller said the calibre of presenters was inspiring.

“We’re extremely excited that Tim Lee has agreed to MC this event.

“As someone who grew up on a Gippsland farm and who has travelled across the country reporting on rural issues, Tim has a passion for and deep understanding of life on the land.”

Mr Fuller said the veteran journalist was not the only impressive new name to be added to the list of conference presenters.

“We’re very pleased to confirm that Madeleine Johnson, a Research Fellow from Deakin University and Cara Stitzlein from the CSIRO have also accepted our invitation to attend.

Madeleine Johnson’s presentation, Climate Cognisant Regional Development, will examine modelled futures of key commodities in Gippsland under climate change scenarios.

Cara Stitzlein advocates a ‘farmer first’ approach in the development of digital tools for the farming sector. She will discuss a tool for farm emissions accounting and exploring carbon farming opportunities.

Local farmers Niels Olsen from Hallora and Jen Ribolli from Perry Bridge have also been added to the program as part of a farmer discussion panel.

In a world first, Niels was recently issued the first credits for soil carbon under the Emissions Reduction Fund for sequestering soil carbon using his SoilKee Pasture Renovator.

On her Perry Bridge farm, Jen is taking a regenerative approach to pasture management, focussing on improving soil health to increase drought resilience.

Mr Fuller described the conference as a unique opportunity for local farmers to hear from experts in the field as well as share local experiences.

“We’re very aware that this is a difficult time for many in our farming community. We are offering tickets free of charge for farmers experiencing financial hardship as a result of the drought. Farmers in this position are encouraged to contact us.

“Our staff will take confidential enquiries and arrange tickets for farmers in this position.”

The Gippsland Climate Risk in Agriculture 2019 Conference will run from 8.30am until 4.30pm at the West Gippsland Arts Centre in Warragul on Thursday, 20th June.

The conference program, including a full list of speakers and sessions, will be available online in May.

Tickets to the event are $35 and can be booked online at Farmers experiencing financial hardship can contact Sam Shannon on 1300 094 262 for their complimentary tickets.

This conference is presented by WGCMA through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare program, with event partners Food & Fibre Gippsland, Wellington Shire Council, National Vegetable Extension Network, Western Port Catchment Landcare Network, Agriculture Victoria, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Hort Innovation, and Farmers for Climate Action.

For conference details and information on sponsorship opportunities, please go to

ABC Landline Journalist, Tim Lee
Cara Stitzlein from CSIRO