E-News Issue 233
Funding  |  Events  |  Sustainable Agriculture  |  Biodiversity   Aboriginal NRM  Sustainable Communities  |  Climate  |  Opportunities  |  Other News  |  Other Events  |  Other Funding  |  Donations 

Bringing bush back from brink

Jemma Donegan is one of a group of passionate, hard-working landholders trying to rebuild and preserve bushland in the Wheatbelt.

Living in the Mortlock catchment, the Goomalling farmer has helped elevate the region to the most proactive when it comes to feral animal control, planting trees and preserving remnant vegetation.

This time last year, Wheatbelt woodlands were officially listed as critically endangered under the Federal EPBC Act, having been characterised as being on the knife edge for biodiversity.

But farmers like Jemma and her husband, Shea Donegan, along with her brother, Darren, and his wife, Georgie Sadler, are helping to fight that trend.

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Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes

Up to $750 available to community groups and public organisations for activities that:

  • improve participation in the Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes program
  • support land holders participating in Red Card program
  • support community engagement activities centred on the Red Card program.

CLOSES: 2 March 2017   Read more online

Download the application form

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

Influencing On-farm Decisions

Wheatbelt NRM is hosting a one day workshop for Agriculture advisors and project officers.
  • tips & tricks for improving on-farm adoption
  • understand farmers and become a trusted advisor
  • tailor your message to suit your farmers’ personalities.
With Danielle England and Janelle South from Aginnovate.

Wednesday 22 February  |  9am - 4pm  |  Kellerberrin  |  Flyer

- Online or call Leigh Whisson on (058) 9670 3136 or email via
RSVP online
Sustainable Agriculture

Trials & Demonstrations update

Understanding the Implications of Crop Rotations in a Low Rainfall Zone of the Wheatbelt

According to the Liebe Group’s long term crop rotation trial, it appears that low input, continuous wheat-on-wheat is the most profitable system. What growers want to know now is, how long can this system be pushed before issues such as weeds, diseases and nutritional deficiencies start coming into play and profits are compromised as a result.
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Community Based Feral Control

Wheatbelt NRM’s overwhelmingly successful community feral control project works to benefit the EPBC listed Black-flanked Rock-wallaby of the Central Wheatbelt, Western Australia.
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Corrigin Grevillea (Endangered)

The Corrigin Grevillea (Grevillea scapigera) is an endangered species found in the Wheatbelt.

While 95% of its original habitat has been cleared for agriculture, it still survives in a 40km range around Corrigin – between Quairading, Bruce Rock, Kondinin and Corrigin – plus an unconfirmed population reported near Hyden.

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Aboriginal NRM

2017 Bush Tucker Calendar - now online

This year's Noongar Bush Tucker is now available for download.

The calendar showcases bush tucker plants traditionally used by Ballardong Noongar people in the Wheatbelt region, with quality photos throughout.

Download calendar (4.5 MB)
Sustainable Communities

2016 AGM Video - Karla Hooper

Karla Hooper was the recipient of the 2016 Wheatbelt NRM Youth Board Scholarship and has been the driving force behind the Toodyay Farmers Market, Northam Farmers Market and recent community garden developments in the region. Karla’s background is in the oil and gas industry as well as sustainability and she is passionate about connecting communities in the Wheatbelt.

View Karla’s speech from last year’s AGM below.

View Karla’s speech
Job Opportunities

Supervisor Environmental Operations
City of Gosnells, $79-85k, Perth, Closes: 26 January 2017

Volunteer Engagement Officer
Conservation Volunteers, Perth, Closes: 29 January 2017

Associate Director of Development - WA & SA
The Nature Conservancy, WA or SA, 31 January 2017

Senior Conservation and Sustainability Officer
Perth Zoo, $98-109k, Perth, 31 January 2017

Malleefowl Project Officer
National Malleefowl Recovery Team, Perth, 31 January 2017

Other News
$3.73 million for NRM  supporting 118 community projects in WA

Greenhouses the solution to vegetable crop hopes for WA's Wheatbelt
Low rabbit population sparks concern for WA sheep producers
Western Australian biosecurity supported with new strategy
Stubble grazing over summer - tips and tricks
Ripping to combat compaction, non-wetting soils

2017 Environmental Practitioners' Workshop - Call for Abstracts
'Ancient' Wheatbelt trees cleared in York-Merredin Road upgrade

REDcycle helps recycle your plastic packaging

Understanding geographic boundaries in WA
Other Events
Visit our online event calendar to view other events occuring in our region.
Other Funding
Australian Plague Locusts 2016 Assistance Scheme, Closes: 31 January 2017
WABSI PhD Top-up Scholarship, Closes: 31 January 2017
Grower Group R&D Grants Program Rnd 2, Closes: 10 February 2017
Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects, Closes: 28 Feb 2017
Building Better Regions Fund Community Investments, Closes: 31 March 2017
State NRM's Community Capability Grants, Closes: 28 May 2017
Visit our website to view other funding available from other organisations here.
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