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Maryborough regional climate summit pulls top speakers

CLIMATE FACTS: Professor David Karoly will give the keynote address at BMRG’s climate summit in Maryborough.
CLIMATE FACTS: Professor David Karoly will give the keynote address at BMRG’s climate summit in Maryborough. Contributed

MEMBERS of industry, government and the general community were urged to attend the Burnett Mary Regional Group's Climate Summit next month.

The one-day summit, which will take place at Maryborough's Brolga Theatre on June 3, will assemble some of the nation's leading voices on climate change and variability and aims to examine the many impacts of projected changes to the region's climate.

The group's planning manager Rachel Lyons, who is part of the summit's co-ordinating team, said the event was being held to educate the community, and help the group review its natural resources management plan, using the latest information.

"The purpose of the summit is to bring eminent climate change researchers to the region to help make the wider community aware of some of the likely impacts, not only on our natural assets but also on our social and economic systems," Ms Lyons said.

"Our primary audience are people who hold decision-making positions within land management organisations, but we're also wanting to get the message out into the community."

David Karoly, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Melbourne's School of Earth Sciences, will give the keynote address and will talk about the cost of climate change to our economy and community.

Among the other guest speakers are Graeme Anderson, from the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries; Dr Kathleen McInnes, a coastal and marine atmospheric scientist from the CSIRO; and Ben Keogh, from Australian Carbon Traders.

Topics will include fire management challenges, community health, sea level rises, local government examples of implementing climate policy, and climate adaptation and mitigation opportunities.

The group's chief executive officer Penny Hall said the summit was an opportunity not to be missed.

"There are only 200 seats available and we expect them to fill quickly," she said.

  • Tickets to the summit cost $25 for members of the community and $45 for industry or government and can be bought on BMRG's website, http://www.bmrg.org.au. For more information, phone 4181 2999.

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