On the Frontline: Climate Change & Rural Communities

This report by Climate Council describes the nature of Australia’s rural communities and the general challenges they face.


Australia’s environment is complex and unique; climate change in poses a great threat to its rural communities including challenges such as health, livability, productivity and sustainability. Adapting to the impacts of a changing climate, the variables and limits create barriers to transitioning to a low carbon and sustainable economy.


o   Over the last 30 years to 2011, the number of farmers declined by 106,200 (40%)

o   The Australian food industry comprises more than 700,000 businesses, food retailers and wholesalers

o   Australia recorded its hottest ever October in 2015, 2.89°C above the long-term average. Researchers found that global warming increased the chance of these record-breaking temperatures by a factor of at least six. 

o   Approximately 50% of all profits from Australian agriculture derive from irrigated production due to a decline in rainfall during winter months.

o   Renewable energy projects bring jobs and investment
into rural and regional communities. Delivering half of the electricity from renewable sources by 2050 would create more than 28,000 jobs. 

o     In Australia, rural areas receive around 30 – 40% of the total investment in renewables, valued at $1-2 billion per year. 


Date: 2016
Strategic Approach: Evaluation
Strategic Approach: Evaluation

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