Gordon Duff, Stephen Garnett, Rolf Gerritsen and John Woinarski
Applying scenario-building being undertaken at a global or
national level to our own region, this book offers perspectives on
the direction northern Australia might take over the next 20 to 50
It begins with a description of factors most likely to influence
the region (population, social factors, land and natural resource
ownership, government policy, global economics and trade, resource
availability and use, climate change, weeds and pests,
technological change). It then considers how these drivers might
interact to determine what our portion of the planet might look
like in coming decades, identifying bottlenecks and decision points
that will influence which scenarios are the most likely.
Finally, the book seeks to identify what residents and decision
makers of the north might do to maximise benefits and minimise the
damage (social and environmental) associated with the drivers and
Future Options for Northern Australia is available from
Charles Darwin University Bookshop, see link below.
Guide to producer software
AN audit into Queensland’s farm software, the first since
1999, has revealed there are now more than 1500 titles
available—a huge increase from the 179 titles at the last
audit and a confusing array for producers.
The Australian Farm Software Directory, a free publication from
the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, is a
guide to this software. The directory covers a range of topics from
animal health to insecticides to plant equipment. The directory
also allows software developers to research what is already
available on the market and where gaps exist.