Climate Adaptation Champion: Sid Plant - Farmer, Darling Downs Qld

Climate Change Communication

Sid has been both a quiet achiever and major speaker on climate change to Australia’s sometimes sceptical farming audiences over many, many years.

Sid runs a 1200 hectare beef and crop farm in Queensland’s Darling Downs, several hours from Brisbane. A life-long farmer, he’s lived on this property since the 1960s, and since 1991 has survived drought conditions that crippled many of the regions farmers by implementing the science of climate forecasting, particularly studying the southern oscillation index.

His visible success made him a popular guest speaker, who has given ‘fair dinkum’ climate change talks at over 100 meetings to his peers ‘in the bush’.

Such is his reputation Sid was invited to give a major address to the UN World Meteorological Organisations Commission for Agricultural Meteorology Expert Team meeting in Toowoomba in May, 2009, and later at the World Congress of the UN Commission for Agricultural Meteorology in Brazil in July 2010 where he was a special guest speaker.

Sid and his wife Merilyn have strongly supported climate application research and development for over 25 years in Queensland. He is passionate about sharing his vision of the climate of the future, even developing a training DVD to help his peers better understand and adapt their farms for climate change impacts.

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2012 NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions

Individual Category: Lucinda Corrigan, Rennylea Pastoral Company for ‘Leadership of adaptation to climate change in Australia’s grazing industries’.

Business Category: Metcash Trading Ltd for its ‘Sustainability @ Metcash’ climate adaptation program.

Government Category: Department of Primary Industries, Victoria for its ‘Climate Extension Services‘ program.

Community Category: The ‘Making connections: landholders restoring connectivity in the Wet Tropics’ project.

2011 NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions

A Queensland farmer, a Tasmanian journalist and a council planner from mid-coast NSW were among NCCARF’s first Climate Adaptation Champions.

Sid Plant - Farmer, Dowling Downs, QLD

Norm Lenehan — Coastal & Flood Management Planner, Eurobodalla Shire Council, NSW 

Peter Boyer — Journalist, blogger and speaker-presenter, Hobart, Tas

Lake Macquarie City Council, NSW

City of Melbourne, Vic

Climate Champion Initiative (A program of Managing Climate Variability and Grains Research Development Corporation)