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E-News Issue 200
Funding  |  Events  |  Biodiversity  |  Aboriginal NRM  |  Sustainable Communities  |  Sustainable Agriculture  |  Career Opportunities  |  Other Events  |  Donations 

Wheatbelt NRM at Dowerin Field Days


Welcome to our 200th issue of Enews!

It was great to catch up with so many community members and partner organisations at this year's Dowerin Field Days.

Once again, the highlight for most visitors was Ranger Red with his snakes and critters, as well as the orphaned woylies and joeys brought along by the Toodyay Naturalists' Club, and Bob the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. Also sharing the tent with us and adding their own vibe were Chatfields Nursery, Wheatbelt Hydrology, and Greening Australia.

Thanks to everyone who came along and made it a special day, including the 51 new associate members who signed up on the day and those who took part in our community survey! Welcome to your first Enews!
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Funding

Talkin' Soil Health Conference
Attendance Sponsorship Opportunity


Wheatbelt NRM has funding available to help Wheatbelt community members attend next week's Talkin' Soil Health Conference in Kojonup. A reimbursement of $250.00 per person is on offer, with 20 sponsored spots. Read more HERE

Contact: Fiona Brayshaw on (08) 9670 3100 or  fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au
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Trials & Demonstrations


CLOSES:  Friday 11 September 2015

Are you interested in trialling or demonstrating sustainable farming practices on your farm?
Grants of up to $20,000 available for: improved soil management, improved crop management, sustainable grazing systems, and tree crops. Open to farmers and groups. Read more HERE and HERE

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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Connecting remnant vegetation

Funding is available for landowners in the Mortlock Catchement to protect or connect remnant vegetation on or near their properties.

Funding can be used for:  Feral animal control  |  Biodiverse revegetation  |  Environmental weed control  |  Fencing for remnant vegetation & revegetation

Your involvement could help iconic Wheatbelt animals survive, while boosting your farm's productivity.

Read more HERE and HERE
Contact: Anika Dent on (08) 9670 3104 or via adent@wheatbeltnrm.org.au
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Other Funding


The Australian Innovation Challenge – For individuals and teams of innovators responsible for breakthroughs in a minerals, energy, agriculture, health or education. Closes 7 September. HERE

Community Grants Scheme – Up to $20,000 for small scale community projects improving waste management. Closes: 11 September. HERE
 
20 Million Trees – Up to $100,000 for groups and individuals for tree planting projects. Close: 16 September. HERE
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Events

Perennials for Profit


Wheatbelt NRM has one more workshop coming up in the 'Perennials for Profit' Masterclass series, where you can gain practical knowledge on using soil management, sandalwood and forage systems to help maximise your farm's potential.

Tuesday 8 September  |  Moorine Rock  |  Download flyer HERE
Contact: Fiona Brayshaw, (08) 9670 3110, fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au
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Things are starting to heat up with the Talkin Soil Health Conference less than ONE WEEK away!

Read the latest from ABC Rural about one of this year's Talkin Soil Health Champions, Doug Pow, who is increasing his soil productivity with biochar HERE

Register to attend www.talkinsoilhealth.com.au  |   View the latest flyer


Find out about funding to help you attend this event HERE
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Biodiversity

Cage traps loans for healthy bushland


Wheatbelt NRM have cage traps available for loan to landholders to assist with feral animal control in remnant bushland areas on their properties. The traps are specifically intended for bushland conservation on properties within the Avon River Basin.
The cage traps are suitable for capturing both cats and foxes, which commonly prey on native species in the Wheatbelt, including Malleefowl, Red-tailed Phascogale and Black-flanked Rock-wallabies.

Applications are open for six month loans and will be subject to stock availability.
Click HERE for more information.

Contact: Anika Dent on (08) 9670 3100 or via adent@wheatbeltnrm.org.au
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WA Threatended Species Forum


The WA Threatened Species forum is a unique collaboration between Western Australia's seven regional NRM groups, together with the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Special guest is Gregory Andrews, Australia's Threatened Species Commissioner. The forum will look at how different organisations can work together to help threatened species conservation. Forum agenda and registration forms will soon be available via www.nacc.com.au

When:  30-31 October 2015
Where: Geraldton
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Aboriginal NRM

Aboriginal NRM Sites Project


Pictured are Aboriginal community members who took part in a recent project to fence a culturally significant site near Beverley, to protect the site from stock damage and help preserve it for future generations.
 
The fencing was undertaken as part of the Aboriginal NRM Sites Project which includes management of culturally significant sites for cultural and biodiversity outcomes. Other projects have included revegetation works, site clean-up, and signage installation to tell the stories of the past.
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Karl Ngara - Fire Sticks Program


Fire was a very important tool for Aboriginal people for the management of the Australian environment. Fire was used for many purposes, including flushing out prey, promoting the growth of useful plants and protecting culturally significant sites and species. When used properly it can be a critical land management practice.

Learn more HERE on the Moorditj Boodjar website.
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Sustainable Communities

Photo Competition winners announced


Wheatbelt NRM, University of WA and the Department of Food and Agriculture WA, are pleased to announce the winners of the Youth Soil Photo Competition.

Pictured from top to bottom are:
1st – Collapse – Acacia Shannon, Wyalkatchem District High School
2nd – Soil - Before and After – Hayden Iles, Cunderdin District High School
3rd – Tramlining â€“ Charli Sprigg, Mukinbudin District High School
Entries were of a high quality and the students impressed with their knowledge of soil health issues in the region. The photographs were displayed at the 2015 Dowerin Field Days where they generated much interest.
Click on the images  here to view a larger version. Alternatively, you can view all competition entries on our website HERE

Well done to all entrants, thank-you for taking part!
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Sustainable Agriculture

Trials & Demonstrations Update


Suitability of Rhagodia species for wheat and sheep farming in WA

Wheatbelt NRM has three sites in this trial to determine how Rhagodia forage shrubs can be successfully integrated into wheat and sheep farms in the Western Australian Wheatbelt. The trial sites are based at Cunderdin, Moorine Rock and Bencubbin.

Various Rhagodia forage shrub species are being established at the Moorine Rock site in lower lying and sandy country. The trial will examine the anthelmintic* properties of the forage shrubs by monitoring parasitic worms counts in sheep that are grazing the sites and comparing this with control sites. (*anthelmintic = drugs that expel parasitic worms)

Landowners Melissa and Andrew Zweck stress the importance of summer groundcover to retain paddock topsoil and believe adding forage shrubs to their pastures will give their farm year-round groundcover and sheep feed.

The Moorine Rock site was recently showcased as part of a Grain and Graze Steering Committee tour of the eastern Wheatbelt (pictured above).
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Sus Ag trial site in the spotlight


Perennial Pasture Establisment – Soil & Biochar Effects on Success

This Wheatbelt NRM trial site will be one of those featured at the UWA Field Day at Ridgefield Farm in Pingelly. The projects aims to establish perennial pastures on an area subject to encroaching salinity and poor soil structure and currently only uses annual pastures for sheep production.

The UWA Field Day is one of the Field Visit options for attendees of the Talkin' Soil Health Conference next week in Kojonup. It is also open to the public. Registrations close: 4 September 2015. Read more HERE

What: UWA Field Day
When: 11 September 2015
Where: Ridgefield Farm, Pingelly
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DAFWA Biosecurity Blitz


The DAFWA Biosecurity Blitz is an opportunity for Western Australians to help discover unusual or damaging pests (insects, diseases and weeds) across Western Australia over two weeks. Results from the blitz will be used to protect WA's natural environment and agricultural food industries from harmful exotic pests.

The Blitz runs from 18 - 30 September 2015. Read more HERE
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Career Opportunities

2016 Science & Innovation Awards

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Grants to realise big ideas for agriculture from young rural innovators


Grant applications are now open for the 2016 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Read more HERE
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Agriculture career opportunity for Year 12 students


School leavers are sought from the vocational (VETiS) school pathway who are looking for full-time jobs in the grain industry or working with sheep and cattle. Casual summer and harvest work is available which could transition into a permanent job and qualification in the Certificate III  in Agriculture. This opportunity is supported by DAFWA and aims to get more local kids in on-farm jobs.
 
Contact: Jackie Jarvis at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA,
ph: (08) 9365 7670, mob: 0428 645 812, jackie.jarvis@cciwa.com
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Other Events
Soil Science Australia Conference  |  7-9 September 2015, Mandurah. HERE

FEAR Group Sheep Updates  |  8 September 2015, Moorine Rock. HERE

WANTFA Spring Field Day  |  9 September 2015, Cunderdin. HERE

Liebe Group Spring Field Day  |  10 September 2015, Ballidu. HERE

Field Day - UWA Farm Ridgefield*  |  11 September 2015, Pingelly. HERE

(*Featuring a Wheatbelt NRM Trial Site, & part of the Talkin Soil Health Conference)


Sandalwood Field Day  |  11 September 2015, Tammin. HERE

FEAR Group Field Day  |  15 September 2015, Moorine Rock. HERE

Facey Group Spring Field Day  | 
16 September 2015, Wickepin. HERE

Urban Ecology in a Biodiversity Hotspot  |  17 September 2015. Joondalup HERE

CFIG Spring Field Day
  |  17 September 2015, Corrigin. HERE

BullSelect Workshop  | 
17 September 2015, Narrogin. HERE

Conservation & Biodiversity in WA's Farming Communities
17-19 September 2015, Merredin. HERE

Lakes Grower Group Field Day  |  22 September 2015, Lake King. HERE

DAFWA Research Facility Field Day  |  23 September 2015, Merredin. HERE

Multi-purpose Trees in the Medium Rainfall Zone

26 September 2015, York & Aldersyde. HERE
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