E-News Issue 229
Funding  |  Events  |  Sustainable Agriculture  |  Biodiversity   Aboriginal NRM  Sustainable Communities  |  Climate  |  Job Opportunities  |  Other News  |  Other Events  |  Other Funding  |  Donations 

Inspiring the Wheatbelt

Over 80 people attended the Wheatbelt NRM Annual General Meeting where several exciting speakers explored the inspiring theme of ‘Making space for the new’.

From solar farms to greenhouse farming systems, attendees were inspired by the confidence in our community’s resolve, innovative spirit and industry’s ability to overcome the challenges of our region.

The Board also welcomed Sarah Hyde as a new Director.

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Australian Plague Locusts - 2016 Assistance Scheme

Help is now available from the Australian Government to support landholders in controlling populations of locusts and protecting their assets. Nine shires in Western Australia have been identified as having an increased risk of APL activity in spring/summer 2016, including several in the Wheatbelt.

The scheme will be available for control activities up to 31 Dec 2016 and applications can be made up to 31 Jan 2017 via DAFWA.

Remember to use DAFWA’s free PestFax Reporter app to report locust activity.

Guidelines and application details

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State NRM's Community Action Grants 

The State Government has pledged more than $4 million in 2016-17 towards natural resource management, with two grant rounds designed to support community environmental projects.

Community Capability Grant

For smaller projects between $1,000 and $10,000, which can be implemented over the next year.

Closes: 29 May 2017

Click here to apply

Rural Research & Development Profit Round 3

Up to $30 million in funding is available for cutting edge research to boost productivity and returns across the agricultural, fishery and forestry industries.

Eligible projects will need to address: technology; biosecurity; soil, water and natural resource management; and/or adoption of R&D. 

Closes: 6 December 2016

Click here to apply

Pest animal and weed control tools and technologies

The Australian Government is running a competitive grants programme to develop chemical, biological or physical control tools or technologies for managing pest animals and/or weeds not native to Australia or a particular part of Australia.

It is part of the Australian Government’s $50 million, four year Established Pest Animals and Weeds Measure funded through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

Closes: Monday 23 January 2017
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Consider Community Feral Control funding to help protect your new seedlings against feral rabbits. The funding can also help with protecting native wildlife from feral cats and foxes.

Apply online

An Environmental Afternoon

Featuring Peter Weatherly from the Avon Valley Environmental Society, Robert Pearce and Trevor Moffat. Topics covered will include: the history of the Avon River, Diversity in the Avon River Pools, Memories of the town pool in York. Brought to you by the River Conservation Society of York.

RSVP: Ring Audrey on 9641 1428 or 0418 378 446.

Sat 26 November 2016  |  1:30pm  |  Avon Terrace, York
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CBH - Grain Donations Bin

Wheatbelt NRM is a not-for-profit, community organisation primarily funded by state and federal government programs.

We also seek additional funding to help implement projects not covered by these traditional sources of income, such as tackling the local issues prioritised in our Regional NRM Strategy for the Avon River Basin.

This year we are seeking small allotments of grain donations from Wheatbelt growers to help find this additional funding.

Please consider donating to Wheatbelt NRM any small tonnages of grain leftover after allotting commitments from harvest, to help us help our region’s environment.

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Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable farming funds released for Wheatbelt

Using locally sourced lime to fight soil acidity in the Wheatbelt was one of seven projects to share in $85,500 in new funding for sustainable agriculture, thanks to the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.

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Nutrient Use Efficiency appeals to Wheatbelt farmers

The fourth and final round of our Nutrient Use Efficiency project (Healthy Soils Healthy Rivers) has attracted another 20 Wheatbelt growers who are interested in boosting their farm productivity by more efficient nutrient use.

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Australian Plague Locusts update

Cold conditions have delayed Australian Plague Locust hatchings in many parts of the Wheatbelt, but activity is expected to increase as the weather warms up.

One dense hatching has been found in a green wheat crop 30 kms south of Moorine Rock. It is being monitored by DAFWA and will be sprayed if any damage occurs.

IMAGE: Yilgarn APL egg bed and emerging hoppers, DAFWA (C) 2016
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It’s snake season!

With the days getting longer and warmer, snakes are on the move and it is important to look out for your safety, but most of the time when we see these guys they are just catching some rays or passing through.

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New weapon in war on wild rabbits

A new virus known as RHDV1 K5 will be trialled next year at 418 sites across Australia in an effort to significantly reduce wild rabbit populations and their negative impact on agricultural production and native ecosystems.


2016 Great Cocky Count report

Results from this year’s survey of threatened black‐cockatoos in southwest WA are now available. Over 700 volunteers helped record cockatoo numbers this year, at 398 roosting sites throughout the region.


Aboriginal NRM

Book launch at Pumphrey's Bridge

The latest publication from the Aboriginal NRM team was recently launched at a weekend celebration at Pumphrey’s Bridge.

‘Koompkinning: The Pumphreys Bridge Storybook’ is a collation of local stories and photographs, containing information on local significant sites, flora and fauna, family groups, and the mysterious falling phenominum stones.

See more pictures from the launch
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Sustainable Communities

BioBlitz preliminary results

Participants at this year’s BioBlitz were successful in finding well over 300 species at Tarin and North Tarin Rock Nature Reserves near Lake Grace.

Even though results are still coming in, several species have been identified.

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Climate Change: Frost and heat stress in the same growing season

On the heels of a pretty bad frost season in terms of crop damage for parts our region, it appears the predicted rising temperatures of spring may also pose a challenge for farmers; in the same growing season.

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Job Opportunities

Assistant Vegetable Grower

Arthur River, WA

Wide Open Agriculture is a regenerative agriculture and food company striving to transform the Wheatbelt into the Foodbelt. They are seeking a passionate person to join their team as Assistant Vegetable Grower.

Closes: 25 November 2016


Executive Officer

South Perth, WA

GGA is seeking a passionate, motivated Executive Officer to provide leadership in supplying support services to enhance the role of grower groups within the WA agricultural industry.

Closes: 2 December 2016


Regional Coordinator - Western Region

Perth or Northam, WA

GrainGrowers represents 17,500 grain farmers across Australia and seek to develop and promote a more efficient, sustainable and profitable sector for Australian grain farmers. They are seeking a representative in Western Australia.

Closes: 24 November 2016


Research Agronomist & Coordinator

Dalwallinu, WA

The Liebe Group are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Research Agronomist and Coordinator to coordinating research and development in the Wheatbelt.

Closes: 9 December 2016


Other News

NRM headlines...

Farmers to improve grain yields by increasing organic matter in soil
Biological farming expected to bring significant savings

Online data and tools transforming farm planning and monitoring
WA towns hardest hit by frost come together as harvest looms
Gross margins for grain & sheep enterprises in WA (DAFWA)

WA invention fights deadly fungal disease in Australia and New Zealand
Rakali study fills in knowledge gaps
Communities coming together to tackle feral cats in WA

Investors keen to back Western Australia's largest solar farm
Time to adapt: 2015's record-breaking temperatures will be normal by 2030

New Kitchen Garden Program Seasonal Planner
Other Events
Visit our online event calendar to view other events occuring in our region.
Other Funding
Visit our website to view other funding available from other organisations here.
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