e-News | March 2019
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Clarifying what we do

It seems we are sometimes confused for being a government organisation rather than the independent, not-for-profit organisation that we are, so we'd like to take this opportunity to explain what we at Rangelands NRM do.
Rangelands NRM is a natural resource management organisation that oversees 85% (220 million hectares) of the State of Western Australia. This area includes the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Shark Bay, the Ningaloo Coast and the Bungle Bungle Range forming part of Purnululu National Park and other spectacular natural sites such as Karijini National Park, Roebuck Bay and the Great Western Woodlands.
Rangelands NRM works alongside and in collaboration with the people in the Western Australian rangelands (outback) who manage our our natural resources—our water, soil, plants and animals; developing programs to protect and preserve the region’s biodiversity and protect the habitat of our threatened fauna and flora, and improve land management practices and sustainability.
We bring diverse land managers–pastoralists, ranger groups, government agencies, industry, mining and community groups–together to enable collaboration, form alliances and partnerships so more effective long-term environmental changes can be achieved.
Rangelands NRM supports the development of small community groups and Indigenous Rangers providing for a long-term investment in the environment by those that live, manage and work our land. [Read more on our Website]

What's new?
Plant book to set Broome ablaze with colour

A new coastal garden booklet aims to inspire the Broome community to set the town ablaze with colourful native wildflowers, bushtuckers and shrubs.  [Read more]
GNRBA field day for best practice

Best practice management tools for pastoralists were explored through local case studies at an Annual Field Day in the Goldfields-Nullarbor region. [Read more]
Northern Program Manager moving on

This month, we farewell one of our long-term staff members, Grey Mackay. Grey has been Rangelands NRM’s Northern/Kimberley Program Manager since September 2013.  [Read more]
Fire experiences shared at Forum

The second national Savanna Fire and Carbon Forum was held last month to support operational best-practice and the cohesive development of the Savanna fire and carbon industry. [Read more]
Wooleen Station undergoes in ‘Land for Wildlife’ assessment

Wooleen Station in the Murchison region has become the second station to undergo a wildlife assessment, as part of Rangelands NRM’s ‘Land for Wildlife’ pilot program in the WA rangelands. [Read more]
NRM WA outline Federal Election commitment requests

NRM WA is a peak leadership body, made up of the seven regional NRM (Natural Resource Management) organisations who work with a range of remarkable farmers, pastoralists, traditional owners, communities, landcarers and NGOs to deliver good outcomes for Western Australians and the Western Australian environment. NRM WA is focused on facilitating a strategic approach to collective NRM advocacy and influence by connecting the seven WA Regional NRMs through a unified voice. NRM WA has outlined its 2019 Federal Election committment requests. We are asking for $450 million over 5  years for the South-West Biodiversity Hotspot, World Heritage and Ramsar together with $620 million over 5 years for drought resiliance. [Read commitment requests]
Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator update
from RALF Sarah Jeffery

I have been busy getting to know people and the region in the last few months.  I spent 3 days out around Mount Magnet and Yalgoo visiting a number of stations in the middle of January.  Not the ideal time to visit, but I did get a break in the weather on the third day. I caught up with Deb, Ash and Michael at Challa; Mez, Jorgen and Percy at Yoweragabbie and Clive at Bunnawarra. Everyone was very welcoming and I certainly learnt a lot about the country and peoples aspirations. I also attended the Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association meeting in February and it was great to learn about the issues that this group and its pastoralists are facing. Most recently I had the opportunity to meet up with most of my counterparts around Australia at the National RALF Conference in Canberra. I particularly enjoyed catching up with Territory NRM and SA Arid Lands where we share common environmental conditions.
As the RALF for the Southern Rangelands, if there are any groups or individuals across the southern rangelands that require any help whether that be finding funding, helping with funding applications or have any questions please feel free to give me a call. If I can’t answer your question I will certainly help in finding an answer for you or connect you with the right people. In the Northern Rangelands, Jardine, our newest recruit, is there to help you.
Welcome to Jardine Macdonald

Jardine started at Rangelands NRM in March as the Project Officer (Northern Rangelands).  In this role, he will be supporting land managers and community groups across the northern rangelands of the Pilbara and Kimberley as the regional Landcare Facilitator and Climate Mate interface for the Northern Australia Climate Program (NACP).
Jardine worked previously as a Hydrogeologist and environmental consultant primarily for Pilbara mining companies. He is versed across industry practices of hydro(geo)logical investigations, modelling analyses and impact assessment, to water resource and bore field management. He has a research background in ephemeral catchment dynamics and groundwater recharge in the Pilbara. He has strong interests in catchment management and regenerative agriculture.
Out and about
  • Grey Mackay attended the Fitzroy Catchment Steering Committee meeting in February at Fitzroy Crossing.
  • Sarah Jeffery travelled to Meekatharra to join the bi-annual meeting of the Meekatharra RBA.
  • Kira Andrews and Jardine Macdonald travelled to Beagle Bay to attend the Monsoonal Vine Thicket Recovery Team Meeting on 28 February. 
  • Mez Clunies-Ross has been out to a number of stations (Wooleen and Challa) to undertake a 'Land for Wildlife' assessment. This is a project in partnership with Rangelands NRM and DBCA that is voluntary, no legal binds, business as usual. It allows stations that already marrying grazing with wildlife conservation an opportunity to promote their green credentials if they want too.
  • Kane Watson attended a Geoscience Australia workshop.
  • Kane also attended a Matuwa Kurrara Kurrara (MKK) IPA meeting with ranger teams from the WIluna Martu area. 
  • Sarah Jeffery attended RALF annual conference in Canberra 25-27 February. 
  • Mez attended the Rangelands Fibre & Produce Association AGM in Mount Magnet on 6 March. 
  • Kira attended the Central Australian Threatened Species forum hosted by Territory NRM in Alice Springs, 13-14 March
Upcoming events
Bringing BoM to the Bush Workshop 'Seasonal climate forecasting and key climate drivers '. 
- Broome, Lotteries House 9.00am-2.30pm
- Halls Creek, TAFE 9.00am-2.30pm, 
- Katherine, Katherine Research Station 9.00am-2.30pm
Contact Anne Marie Huey (08 9191 7069 or

Broome Bringing BoM to the Bush Public Forum - learn about the latest developments in seasonal climate change forecasting and how they apply to our region in a grazing risk management context.
- Broome, The Hall, University of Notre Dame 1 April 6pm-7.30pm
Contact Jardine Macdonald (08 9192 5507 or

Kununurra Bringing BoM to the Bush Public Forum - learn about the latest developments in seasonal climate change forecasting and how they apply to our region in a grazing risk management context.
- Kununurra Venue TBA 4 April 7.30am-9am.
Contact Anne Marie Huey (08 9191 7069 or

2019 Northern Pastoral Season Twilight Forums - forage budgeting & decision dates, satellite imagery tools, climate imforamtion
- West Pilbara, Emu Creek Station, 8 April
- Karratha, Mallina Station, 9 April
- Marble Bar, Limestone Station, 10 April
- Derby, Blina Station, 12 April
- Halls Creek, Margaret River Station, 12 April
Grants and funding
The Coastwest and Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program (CMPAP) Grants 2019/20 are now open for applications. Coastwest Grants support projects designed as a response to challenges facing Western Australia's coastal environments.  Community groups and coastal managers (local governments or Aboriginal land councils) are invited to apply for grants that implement coastal plans and strategies to address these challenges.  Projects may involve site or local area planning; on-ground action; identification and monitoring; capacity building or any combination of these activities, and must be completed within 12 months. The application period will close at midday on Monday 15 April 2019. Applications are invited for grants of $5,000 - $50,000. Application guidelines and application forms are available online. [Read more]
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