Climate-smart agricultural practices and a greater focus on renewable energy projects could help regional communities in the rebuild of Australia post Covid-19, according to the Farmers for Climate Action.
A new report by the group Regional Horizons calls for a renewed focus on the development of the national climate change agricultural work plan that should focus on climate-smart agriculture to build resilience to drought fire and other mounting risks.
Farmers for Climate Action Tasmanian representative Anthony Houston said greater Federal support was needed to push the issue forward.
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"The state government and local councils are all taking the lead on renewable energy ... we now need good leadership on this issue at the Federal level. We have to call on the Federal Government to act on climate change now," Mr Houston said.
"There is no magic solutions but we should be aiming for zero carbon companies and zero carbon farms. It is a difficult task but that must not stop us from doing it."
The report also highlighted priority areas, including the development of a land and environment investment fund to support climate solutions for farmers, a regional resilience hub to encourage and empower regional communities into this way of farming, and a regional energy transition program to support clean energy developments and modernise and decentralise power grids.
Farmers for Climate Action Farmers for Climate Action deputy chair Charlie Prell said an opportunity existed to create thousands of jobs in renewables across regional Australia.
"As we rebuild our economy we have a once in a generation opportunity to .. advance this country's agricultural interests."
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