Beef and sheep farmer Rob Lee has been been anxious about climate change for more than 15 years, spending more than $100,000 installing troughs and pumps to deliver bore water to his livestock, as his dam ran dry.
His concern has prompted the Larras Lee property owner to join Farmers for Climate Action, a network of more than 11,000 Australian farmers who share his concern over the viability of their industry's future.
"If climate change continues to accelerate, driving more drought conditions, it is going to be very hard to make a living as a farmer," Mr Lee said.
The Climate Council launched a report at Mr Lee's farm located 45 minutes from Orange on Tuesday.
The group of climate experts forecast a summer of "heatwaves, droughts and bushfire", for regional centres including Orange.
Member for Orange Phil Donato said "needless to say" he did not agree with the report's author, professor Will Steffen, that climate change was "supercharging" extreme weather events.
"I would love to see how much his carbon footprint is as he jet sets around the world in a large international aircraft, using mobile phones, laptops, iPads, computers while driving his agenda," Mr Donato said.
Farmers are more frustrated with the lack of appropriate and timely action by governments, both state and federal, more than climate.Member for Orange Phil Donato
"Since weather records were maintained we have endured droughts, floods and non-typical weather patterns."
Mr Donato said from the farmers he's spoken to many are optimistic for the long-term future of Australian agriculture, provided it's given adequate support from government.
"Farmers are more frustrated with the lack of appropriate and timely action by governments, both state and federal, more than climate," Mr Donato said.
"The excessive red tape and eligibility criteria to access loans for example - that's the main concern I hear from a lot of farmers I speak with, not climate change."
In response to the launch of an Extinction Rebellion branch in the region, whose first agenda will be to petition Orange City Council to declare a climate emergency, Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said he was happy to debate the issue, but wouldn't be " bullied or embarrassed".
"Long-term scientific studies highlight the fact gaps remain in the scientific understanding of global temperature and climate models do not always work," he said.
Member for Calare Andrew Gee did not respond to a question on whether or not he believed the Central West was under threat from climate change.
He replied he thinks most Australians want to look after the environment, including dealing with its effects.
"They want it done responsibly and not recklessly," Mr Gee said.
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