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E-News Issue 197
Funding  |  Events  |  Biodiversity  |  Sustainable Agriculture  | Aboriginal NRM  |  Sustainable Communities  |  Water  |  Other Events  |  Donations 

National Threatended Species Summit


Australia’s first national Threatened Species Summit was held recently in Melbourne to raise the profile of threatened species and secure more action to save them.

The Australian Government launched a new national approach to threatened species at the summit –  the Threatened Species Strategy – and committed $6.6 million of funding towards saving native species from extinction.

This includes $1.7 million in Australian Government funding support towards feral cat and fox control in Western Australia, under the State Government’s Western Shield program.

The funding will enable more feral cat baiting in some of WA’s most susceptible areas and is expected to be beneficial for black-flanked rock wallabies, woylies, numbats, western ringtail possums, western ground parrots, and Gilbert's potoroos.

Wheatbelt NRM CEO Natarsha Woods was among the 250 influential delegates attending the summit.

“The Threatened Species Strategy has clear targets that are easy to engage with. We now know the direction for our funding", Natarsha said.

“Seeing Greg Hunt (Federal Minister for Environment) and Albert Jacob (State Minister for Environment) working together on something is so heartening for the people like us working on the ground."
 
Read MORE.
Download the Threatened Species Strategy HERE  (8.2MB)
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Funding

APPLICATIONS EXTENDED to 7 August 2015


Get your applications in NOW to receive funding in the 'Perennials for Profit' Support Program. Succesful applicants will receive roughly a quarter of costs for up to 20,000 seedlings, plus one-on-one support at the upcoming ‘Soils, Sandalwood & Forage Masterclasses’.

Contact Fiona Brayshaw on (08) 9670 3110 or 0477 777 695 or via email fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Guidelines and application forms available HERE   |   Download the flyer HERE
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COMING SOON - Grants up to $20,000 will soon be available


To Wheatbelt farmers and farming groups for trialling and demonstrating practices associated with: improved soil management, improved crop management, sustainable grazing systems, and tree crops.

Download the flyer HERE  |  Apply online HERE

To find out more, contact:
Fiona Brayshaw or Tracey Hobbs on (08) 9670 3100, or via fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au or thobbs@wheatbeltnrm.org.au
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COMING SOON - Community Capacity Building Grants


Wheatbelt NRM will soon have grants available to support community groups improve their capacity and recruit more members.

The Community Capacity Building Grants aim to help make your group stronger and more resilient so you can continue doing important NRM work into the future.

To be eligible, groups must be involved in natural resource management within the Avon River Basin. This includes Landcare groups, grower groups, scouts and Mens' Sheds.

Contact:  Leigh Whisson  |  (08) 9670 3136  |  lwhisson@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Grants open: 1 August 2015
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Other Funding


2015 State NRM Program Grants
New funding round opens soon. Super short funding round of four weeks. Read MORE.
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Events
Join Wheatbelt NRM for a FREE workshop on soil management, forage shrubs and sandalwood systems.

Gain practical knowledge on using these systems to help maximise your farm's potential. Workshops are planned for Corrigin (12 August), Pingrup (TBC August) and Moorine Rock (TBC September).

For more information, contact: Fiona Brayshaw on (08) 9670 3110 or fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au
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Making sense of soil tests


Wheatbelt NRM will be holding a free information session on getting the most out of your soil test results, and understanding any factors that may be limiting your yield.
Guest speakers include Wayne Pluske from Equii and Dan Murphy from UWA.

When:   18 August 2015, 10am
Where:  DAFWA, 75 York Road, Northam
Cost:     FREE

Register with:  Tracey Hobbs  |  (08) 9670 3106  |  0477 885 514 thobbs@wheatbeltnrm.org.au
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Come along to the Talkin’ Soil Health Conference to share knowledge and discover innovations in soil, while learning about new soil technologies. It’s a great chance to learn from and collaborate with world-changing thinkers and innovators in soil health.

10-11 September 2015, Kojonup WA

Read the latest article from Farm Weekly – HERE
Registrations – HERE
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State NRM Conference:  21-23 September 2015


REGISTRATION SUBSIDY – Lotterywest is providing participants with the opportunity for subsidised registration if they currently volunteer or work in community landcare, NRM or other not-for-profit environment and sustainable agriculture organisations. Applications close: Friday 21 August. Read more HERE

REGISTER NOW – To secure your place at the conference and receive regular updates in the lead-up to this year’s event. Read more HERE

www.nrmconferencewa.com.au
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Biodiversity

Mortlock Connections


Boost your farm's productivity while improving the chances of survival for iconic Wheatbelt animals.

Wheatbelt NRM has funding available for landowners in the Mortlock catchment region to protect or connect remnant vegetation on or near their properties through: feral animal control; biodiverse revegetation; environmental weed control; and, fencing of remnant vegetation and revegetation areas.

Wheatbelt NRM staff members are currenlty doorknocking in the Mortlock region with information on this funding. Download the flyer HERE
 
For more information, contact Anika Dent on (08) 9670 3104 or via adent@wheatbeltnrm.org.au
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Black-flanked Rock Wallabies


The threatened Black-flanked Rock Wallaby is found in eight spots in Western Australia, as well as a couple of locations in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

In the Wheatbelt, approximately 100 Black-flanked Rock Wallabies remain, living at several granite rock outcrops south of Kellerberrin, including Kokerbin Rock, Mount Caroline and Nangeen Hill.
Two significant threats to the Black-flanked Rock Wallabies are loss of habitat through land clearing, and predation by feral cats and foxes.

View a wallaby calling out HERE, and an adult with its young HERE.
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Have you seen a feral cat recently?


Feral cats cause enormous damage to Australia’s unique native wildlife, through hunting and spreading diseases.

FeralCatScan is a new project by the Invasive Animals CRC and Australian Government Department of the Environment, to improve knowledge about feral cats so that Australia's threatened wildlife can be protected. It involves community members recording feral cat sightings, documenting their impact and undertaking control activities.

Read more HERE to get involved today.
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Sustainable Agriculture

Trials & demonstrations update


Perennial pasture establishment

This project aims to evaluate the success of establishing various perennial pasture species on a mixed farm which currently uses annuals for sheep production.

One of the trial paddocks is at UWA’s Future Farm near Pingelly where encroaching salinity and poor soil structure is a challenge. The site has been sown with perennial grasses (Mission Veldt grass, Charano Serradella, Margarita Serradella, Berkshire or Speedee Tritical and Gatton Panic), and will have saltbush seedlings (Anameka) planted in alleys at its lower end.

The project is a collaboration between Evergreen Farming and UWA’s Future Farm with funding from a previous round of Wheatbelt NRM’s Trials & Demonstrations grant. (The next round opens 27 July 2015).
 
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Biodiversity agroforesty video


A new video looking at incorporating biodiversity into shrub and tree based production systems in the Wheatbelt is now online.

It describes how animals use or benefit from agroforestry plantations and how these systems can be changed to improve biodiversity outcomes while maintaining production value. View the video HERE.
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Aboriginal NRM

Quandongs at Coobabla


Wheatbelt NRM’s Bush Tucker Project aims to build the capacity of Aboriginal Land Managers in the Wheatbelt region so they can trial bush tucker species on their properties.

Planting is currently underway at Coobabla Farm in Bakers Hill where the Woolah-Wah Aboriginal Corporation is planting acacia seedlings as future host plants for quandong seedlings. Quandongs are semi-parasitic plants that feed on nitrogen fixing host plants like acacias, casuarinas, leguminous shrubs and some grasses. The acacias being planted at Coobabla include the jam tree (Acacia acuminata), orange wattle (Acacia saligna), and manna wattle (Acacia microbotrya).

The Hayward family who own Coobabla Farm are undertaking most of the planting, with staff from Wheatbelt NRM and the Southern Agricultural Indigenous Landholder Service, DAFWA. Quandong seedlings will then be planted between December 2015 and March 2016.
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The Ant Story


Maxine Gossland is a Yued Noongar Elder from Wongan Hills in Western Australia who is passionate about Noongar culture and keeping it alive through her stories.

In this story, Maxine describes how Aboriginal people predict the arrival of rain by observing the behaviour of one of Earth’s smallest creatures … ants.

Visit the Mooditj Boodjar website to learn about our Aboriginal NRM projects in the Wheatbelt.
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Sustainable Communities


Extended to: FRIDAY 14 AUGUST, 5pm


Remember that the theme is – ‘Our Soils - Our Future’ – with entry open to all WA Wheatbelt students, aged 12 to 25 years old. If you have already sent us your photos, thanks for your images – the quality is quite exciting.

Winners and runners-up will receive prizes including an iPad, iTunes vouchers and cash. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Year 10 and under; Years 11 & 12; and, Tertiary.

Read about the competition HERE and HERE
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Water

International Water Centre Scholarships


Master of Integrated Water Management
Scholarships available for future water leaders to study the Master of Integrated Water Management. Read more HERE and HERE.

Water Leadership Program
Scholarships available for emerging water leaders at project to middle management level to drive change and advance challenging integrated water management projects. Read more HERE and HERE.
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Incentives to boot farm water supplies


State and federal incentives are available to farmers whose water supplies are at risk from low rainfall. Read more HERE and HERE
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Other Events
DAFWA Sheep Updates
28 July 2015, Merredin. Click HERE

Facey Group Women in Agriculture
29 July 2015, Narrogin. Click HERE

AgConnect Conference
31 July 2015, Perth. Click HERE

Starting a Native Garden Workshop
31 July 2015, Oakford WA Click HERE

Evergreen Pasture Updates
4 August 2015, Wickepin. Click HERE

Australian Women in Agriculture Conference
7-9 August 2015, Alice Springs NT. Click HERE
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