Category Archives: Weather and Climate

Grid connected rooftop solar and the end of the solar bonus feed-in tariff – where to get advice

In this article you will find an explanation of who the end of the feed in tariff in NSW will affect, what you need to do if it affects you, what you need from a smart meter and how to shop around for a good energy retailer, and whether it is time to start thinking about investing in grid-connected battery technology (including some bulk buy schemes which have started in NSW).

Article prepared in October 2016 by Dr Melinda Hillery, Public Officer, FuturePLANS.

‘Australia crashes in Climate Change Performance Index’

The Environmental Decision Group reports that Australia has been ranked fifth last out of the 58 countries assessed in the latest Climate Change Performance Index, released at the UN climate talks in Marrakech.

The countries on the list below Australia are Kazakhstan, Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia, while the best performing nations are France, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The index notes a gap between the national and state policies in Australia: while the former are ‘rather unambitious and uninspired’, the latter manage ‘to some extent to take independent action’.

Details here.

LLS’ ‘South East Circular’, April 2016 issue

The April 2016 issue of the South East Local Land Service’s newsletter South East Circular has now been published. The topics covered are:

Improving worm control in sheep
Local disease watch
Autumn feeding guide
New wasps in the Bega Valley
Recognition for District Vet
Thinking of purchasing a property in the bush?
Grazing management courses start soon
Do you know the size of your paddocks?
From the garden to the plate
Landcare Australia field visit
Innovative partership tackles marine pest
Partnership protects endangered perch
LLS Seasonal Conditions Report
Feral Fighters 2016
Weather and Climate Risk Management
Local Annual Report 2015
The benefits of electronic identification in cattle
Narooma littoral rainforest field day
South Coast Industry Dinner 2016

Report on the Native Vegetation of the Palerang Local Government Area

At its Ordinary Meeting to be held in Bungendore on Thu 24 March, Palerang Council will consider the ‘Report on the Native Vegetation of the Palerang Local Government Area, November 2015, prepared by Umwelt Australia’. The proposal is: Recommended that Council:
1.        Exhibit the draft revised Palerang native vegetation layer via Council’s Intramaps software from mid April 2016 to mid June 2016.
2.        Hold an information session in Braidwood and Bungendore to discuss the revised native vegetation layer.

For details, please visit – this topic is agenda item 11.7.

Managing Your Land for the Future – Resilience and Adaptation for Climate Change – a two-day forum Fri 18 & Sat 19 March

This two-day forum includes some terrific speakers, such as :

  • Dr Mark Stafford Smith, Science Director with CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship – will speak about some of the climate impacts already being observed on the Southern Tablelands and the Monaro, and five key elements in adapting to climate change.
  • Richard Taylor, Chair of Monaro Farming Systems group who will speak about they formed and how they are helping  farm businesses to be more profitable and resilient in the long term on the Monaro
  • Phil Graham from Yass Department of Primary Industries will speak on managing livestock under changing conditions
  • Agribusiness consultant Michelle Jacobs will speak about the business side of managing climate change risks.There are lots of other speakers including Alison Elvin from Natural Capital who will speak on managing native grasses, Donna Hazel from South East Local Land Services on managing wetlands and Professor David Freudenberger from ANU who will speak on biodiversity winners and losers as the climate changes.

    There will also be a  field trips to different parts of the catchment in the afternoon of both days to learn about ‘whole-of-paddock’ rehabilitation (Gunning) and looking after your River Paddocks (Sutton).

    When: Friday 18 & Saturday 19 March 2016, 9.00am – 4.00pm

    Where: Day 1 – Murrumbateman Recreation Hall, Barton Highway, NSW. Day 2 – Jerrabomberra Community Centre, Queanbeyan, NSW. Buses will be provided from there for field trips.

    Cost: $50 for two days, fully inclusive. ($30 for one day)

    For details go to:

    Anna van Dugteren
    Anna van Dugteren | Natural Resource Management Facilitator
    Phone: +61 2 62052914 | Mobile: 0455299657 | Email:
    NRM Programs|Environment and Planning |ACT Government
    Dame Pattie Menzies House, Challis Street Dickson | GPO Box 158 Canberra ACT 2601

Wamboin real-time weather telemetry

The upgrade of the Wamboin Community Assoc hall and the adjacent Volunteer Bushfire Brigade facilities to meet the Neighbourhood Safer Place standards included the installation of an automated weather station. It updates every 15 minutes. Visit and click on ‘weather station’ or go directly there at

Especially useful are the summary indexes along the top of the page, including the Fire Danger Index and the Heat Index.

Congratulations and thanks to those responsible for this useful resource.