E-News Issue 161

The Tipping Point Conference

WA’s six regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups, the State NRM Office and major partner, Regional Development Australia (RDA), are inviting you to participate in a conference with a difference.

We have called it The Tipping Point Conference to highlight a key concept in the work of natural resource management, and that is small things can make a big difference when working with people and the environment. People are the key managers and sustainable users of our landscapes so the health of our places very much depends upon people and their capacity.

The conference will comprise a team of invited speakers and offered papers selected via an abstract submission process – and all will be presented at the beautiful Abbey Beach Resort in Busselton. The conference is the perfect platform for us to celebrate 25 years of Landcare in Western Australia and will also feature sensational regional food at the RDA South West Showcase gala dinner.

Register your interest in attending

Click here to register your interest in participating in this conference. We will send you updates and reminders around the key dates and email you when registrations are open.

The Wheatbelt NRM team

Conference Key Dates

Call for abstract
January 20
Conference registrations open
February 28
Abstract deadline
March 10
Notification of selected speakers and posters
March 17
Finalisation of program
March 28
Conference registrations close
May 2
May 7-9

Are you ready for the 2014 Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes?

The dates have been set, with the Hot Baiting period from February 15th to April 15th and Stockbrands Community Fox Shoot weekends on the 21st-23rd of February and the 28th-30th of March.
Stockbrands has sponsored the community fox shoot weekends since 2008 and for every fox and cat shot over each weekend they donate $5 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. A total of $101,000 has been donated since 2008.
The Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes program works off the principle that if everyone works together it will have the greatest impact. There is less chance of a feral animal reinvading a property if all neighbouring properties carry out feral control activities at the same time.
The community fox shoot program is a great way for community to get involved in the Red Card program, however it is most effective when combined with Hot Baiting, which is vital to ensuring the success of the program.

For more information visit 

2014 Great Cocky Count – Sunday 6 April at sunset

Every April, the Great Cocky Count (GCC) counts as many Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos as possible across WA on a single night. Being involved is very easy – volunteers go to a specified location and count all the cockatoos flying into their night-time roosting trees. The survey only takes an hour, starting 30 minutes before sunset. Get more information and register as a volunteer here
For more information about the GCC or to tell us about a roost site, contact Hugh Finn on 9287 2251 or 0400 177 615 or at

Animal Control Technologies Award

The award has celebrated coordinated rabbit control programs, coordinated fox control, aerial control of donkeys and horses, feral pigs and wild dogs in inaccessible areas and community engagement programs. Any good work for any vertebrate pest species can be nominated but the guiding principal is that it must show commitment to the task at the applied level.

Due date for applications is 28th Feb 2014

Click here for more information


2013 Landcare Annual Report

Have you seen the Landcare 2013 Annual Report? It makes for great reading, with interesting facts, figures and case studies highlighting the breadth of work Landcare volunteers and partners are involved in.

Marri Canker app launch

Murdoch University researchers and the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council have helped developed a smartphone application that will allow the public to record incidences of marri canker.
The free app will enable people to identify and report sightings of marri canker so data can be monitored by researchers to enable greater understanding about the disease. 
People are encouraged to download and use the app in order to help conserve WA’s vital woodlands.

Survey: Conservation - on farms?

Check out this interesting blog and please take a few minutes to offer your thoughts and/or experience for a market research project on conservation on farms and what areas people see as important.
Leading ecologist, Hugh Possingham has called for a new order – saying about half of all conservation of Australia’s wildlife needs to be done by individuals, not governments.

Funding and Opportunities

Lotterywest Trails Grants Program


Funding is available through the Department of Sport and Recreation and Lotterywest for the planning of trails, construction, promoation and upgrades to current trails.

Applications for this grant close on the 15th of March, 2014

Click here for more information

Farm Finance Concessional Loan Opportunity

Farmers and primary industry business owners in the Central Wheatbelt can now apply for concessional loans aimed to help boost productivity of the State’s agriculture sector. For further information on concessional loans or to download an application form visit and follow the link under the Hot Topics heading, or call 1800 198 231.

Canon Environmental Grants

Grants in-kind worth $45,000 (25K AUD and 20K NZD) are available to Australian and New Zealand organisations making a positive impact on their environment and community.

Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

GRDC Farm Business Update

13th February 2014
Merredin, Western Australia

Click here to view details!

Free Heavenly Hectares workshops

15th February 2014 - 9:30AM
Amenities Building, Beverley Sporting Ground

Award winning ABC Local Radio and TV presenter Chris Ferreira delivers his 3 hour, entertaining fast paced intro to creating sustainable rural properties.
To register contact Rosanne Scott or 0458 015 361

2014 Stockbrands Community Foxshoot Dates

21-23 February 2014

Click here to view details!

2014 Agribusiness Crop Updates

24th - 25th February 2014
Perth, Western Australia

Click here to view details!

GRDC Resilient Grain Leaders 

6th - 7th March 2014
Perth, Western Australia

Click here to view full details

ABARES Outlook 2014 Conference

4-5 March, 2014

Click here to view full details

Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium 2014

24th - 27th February 2014
Perth, Western Australia

Click here to view full details

5th National NRM Knowledge Conference

17th - 19th March, 2014
Launceston TAS

Project Delivery Officer x 2 

Based in Northam
Salary Range: $64,004 - $74,845
Full time fixed term contract through to June 2016
Project Delivery Officer X 2 Positions:
  • Sustainable Agriculture Project Delivery Officer
  • Regional Landcare Facilitator
Two exciting opportunities exist to be at the forefront of Sustainable Agriculture initiatives in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region.

To apply for one or both positions you will need to provide a covering letter, statement addressing the selection criteria and resume. Position documentation is available at: or by contacting Dr Guy Boggs at: or telephone (08) 9670 3112.

Applications close 5pm Monday 3rd of February 2014.
Focus On 

Agroforestry options for the Wheatbelt

This guide is for land managers, farmers and communities interested in agroforestry-based revegetation options that provide both natural and production-based outcomes for the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. The aim of this guide is to provide information, tips and tricks to successfully integrate agroforestry activities into existing Wheatbelt farming systems and advice on how to gain additional benefit for biodiversity outcomes from this form of on-farm revegetation.

Click here to download the booklet or call 9670 3100 for a copy
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