Managing Climate Variability and Grains Research Development Corporation

Climate Champion Initiative

This award recognised the 34 Australian farmers taking part in the Climate Champion Initiative (created by the Federal Government’s Managing Climate Variability program). They are all leaders in their industries and are actively taking steps to change their business and farm practices to better deal with Australia’s increasing climate variability. Most importantly, they want to share their knowledge with other people and farmers, and have been doing so since the initiative launched last March. The farmers in the Climate Champion Initiative were chosen because they:

  1. Understand the issue of increasing climate variability with climate change and the need for on-farm mitigation and adaptation strategies
  2. Regularly source expert information on understanding and managing climate
  3. Are involved or interested in climate research and innovation
  4. Consider climate and weather in their farming decisions
  5. Have applied new practices, technologies and/or varieties on their farms to adapt to climate variability/change; and are prepared to have these reviewed
  6. Have good regional networks with other farmers
  7. Demonstrate leadership in the industry through involvement in farmer or industry groups, field days, etc.
  8. Communicate well.

Names and case studies of the farmers and their practices are available on the website at including video, pictures, interview transcripts and media on each Climate Champion.

More Information

Use the links below to navigate recent Adaptation Champion profiles. These profiles can be used to have a closer look at past Adaptation Champions, engage with multimedia content, and link to further information about the Adaptation Champions. 

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)