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About the Conference

5th – 8th October – Longreach | Queensland

Desert Channels Queensland and the Australian Rangelands Society are excited to be hosting the NRM in the Rangelands Conference – shaping our future, 2021. The Rangelands cover about 80% of the Australian interior, spanning 3100 km east to west and 1400 km north to south. This vast region contains varied landscapes, including  savannas, woodlands, shrub lands grasslands and wetlands. Water supply is often sporadic with many river systems draining into internal lakes, in particular Lake Eyre.

Over the last seven years drought has affected much of the Rangelands and the focus has turned to improving future resilience of the environment, the communities and industry. The conference will showcase and share emerging ideas and innovations so we can collectively contribute to improving the condition of the Rangelands.

As the impacts of COVID continue, the conference will be held on a virtual platform with a face-to-face hub in Longreach for those who can make it. This will allowing everyone to attend in someway, depending on their location and current travel restrictions.  The face-to-face hub will be held in the Civic Centre, Longreach, Queensland.

Key Note Speakers

We are currently working on having a range of cutting edge and entertaining speakers to bring  a wide range of thoughts and ideas.

Panel Discussions

Engage with other conference attendees, learn from their experience or share your own. Find out what is working in the Rangelands.

Practical Applications

Come away with some ideas on how you can apply what you have heard to your business or organisation.

Featured Talks & Speakers 

We have a full program ready to inform, inspire, and equip you. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to be part of the conversation, register today.

Ross Garnaut

Ross is a world class speaker who advises in the political, economic and agricultural fields. He will provide great insight into what may lie ahead for the rangelands of Australia.

Dalene Wray

Managing Director of OBE Organic® Australia’s first exporter of certified organic beef. Dalene is a major force for improving the sustainability of the Australian beef industry.

Tony Hill

Tony teaches Holistic Management and is an accredited professional with the Savory Institute. He has a background in economics, policy making, regional development, ecology and biodiversity.

Josh Gorringe

A proud Mithaka man, Josh has been instrumental in helping his indigenous community to deliver large scale projects that involve caring for the land. 

Mike Berwick

The Senior Policy Advisor for GreenCollar, Mike has a long history in the NRM sector both as a farmer and as chair of the Wet Tropics region and the Queensland Collective of 14 regions.

Things to do

With so much to see and in the region, why not take a few extra days to explore the unique sights and rich history.

Getting there

Longreach is located in the heart of Queensland and is the gateway to the outback. If you are flying, we would encourage you to book as soon as possible. The conference will be held in the Longreach Civic Centre, 96a Eagle St.

Field Trips

Due to uncertainty of numbers, we have put the field trips on hold and tickets have been refunded. We are producing a virtual tour of the Adelong trip so you can see what is happening on the ground. 


Accommodation can be at a premium in Longreach so we have a range of options for places to stay held for the conference. Please quote iButton Events or Rangelands Conference to get these rooms. 

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We are currently working on the details of the conference but please don’t hesitate to contact us for more up to date information.

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