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E-News Issue 164
Dear 

Welcome to the first enews for Autumn.

We still have some great funding opportunities open for to support community NRMFeral animal control and will soon be opening the popular Buschcare Grants.
 
There are also some great NRM events happening in March so please check out our events section and be sure to take a look at the fantastic the Tipping Point conference, for which we are pleased to offer sponsorship to Wheatbelt community members to attend. But hurry as this opportunity closes 28th March!

Kind Regards,

The Wheatbelt NRM Team   
News

Bushcare Grants - Opening soon


Wheatbelt NRM's popular Bushcare Grants will be opening next week.

The grant will be available for on-ground activity supporting conservation activity in the Wheatbelt.

Guidelines will be available under the funding section of our website in the coming days.
 

Calling all Wheatbelt Farmers!


Researchers at Curtin University want to know what Farmers perceptions of the Influence of Natural Resource Management Support Providers are and how these perceptions effect their Decision-Making in the Wheatbelt.

There is a short survey involved and a $20 Bunnings Voucher will be emailed to all participants!

For more information on the study, click here

To start the survey, click here

2014 State of the Climate report


The BoM/CSIRO 2014 State of the Climate report states that Australia’s climate has warmed by 0.9°C since 1910, and the frequency of extreme weather has changed, with more extreme heat and fewer cool extremes. Projections include increasing temperatures, with more extremely hot days and fewer extremely cool days; less rainfall in southern Australia and increases in heavy rainfall over most parts of Australia; and continued sea level rise and ocean acidification.

For more information, click here

 

Funding and Opportunities

Supporting NRM in the Wheatbelt


Wheatbelt NRM has funding is available to build NRM capacity  in the Wheatbelt. This funding is available for the following areas;
  • Professional Development Support for Wheatbelt based NRM professionals
  • Capacity building Grants to support Wheatbelt based community groups
  • Conference sponsorship where Wheatbelt community members are sponsored to attend 2014 State NRM Conference: The Tipping Point Conference 7-9 May 2014
For more information and to discuss your application please contact Jacquie Lucas on 9670 3113 or email jlucas@wheatbeltnrm.org.au.

For more information click here!

Applications close on the 28th of March, 2014.

Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes Wheatbelt Incentives Scheme


Wheatbelt NRM want to work with the Wheatbelt Community to coordinated feral animal control through the Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes program.

Wheatbelt NRM is offering support to local groups within the Avon River Basin to help  the cost of baits, events based around the Red Card Program and incentives to encourage participation at your event!

For more information please contact Greg Warburton on 9670 3111 or email gwarburton@wheatbeltnrm.org.au.

For more information click here. 

Applications close in the 20th of March, 2013.

Our Neighbourhood Community Grants 


Our Neighbourhood Community grants are provided by Australia Post to assist with projects that will help to build healthier, more vibrant and more inclusive communities across Australia.

Applications close on the 4th of April, 2014.

For more information, click here. 
 

SGIO Community Grants Program

The SGIO Community Grants Program supports this by providing grants of up to $5,000 to community projects in the areas of crime prevention, road safety, emergency readiness and response and the environment.

Applications close on the 31st of March, 2014.

For more information, click here. 
 

Expressions of interest for the 2014 Young Farming Champion


The Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champions (YFC) are selected by their industries to act as ambassadors.


For more information on the Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champion application click here.



 

Lotterywest Trails Grants Program

 

Funding is available through the Department of Sport and Recreation and Lotterywest for the planning of trails, construction, promotion 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 http://www.agric.wa.gov.au and follow the link under the Hot Topics heading, or call 1800 198 231.

International River Foundation Riverprize

Riverprize is the world's most prestigious environmental award, giving recognition, reward and support to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management.

For more information, click here. 
 

Employment

SHIRE OF KENT LANDCARE ZONE FACILITATOR

(12 Month contract with possible extension)

The community within the Kent Landcare Zone is seeking a motivated and experienced person to provide technical support and community engagement for the implementation of Landcare programs.

The position is based in Nyabing which is located 320km south east of Perth. The position is offered as a part time role three days per week.  This may extend to five days for a person with suitable administrative skills.

The successful applicant will possess good oral and written communication skills, be able to work unsupervised, be a good motivator and possess good computer skills. It would be desirable for the person to have knowledge and/or a strong interest in farming and rural communities. An appropriate qualification is also desirable.

For more information, click here

 

Upcoming Events

The Tipping Point Conference 

7-9 May 2014
Abbey Beach Resort, Busselton WA

 
This conference has a strong focus on tipping points in social, ecological and economic systems and ways of managing change to ensure a positive future for generations of Western Australians.

For more information click here. 

Australasian Bat Night 

March and April
 

GRDC Pre-Seeding Frost Workshops

14th - 26th March, Various locations

Topics covered will include;
- An update on the latest frost research
- A review of previous frost research
- Best Frost management tools before seeding

For more information, click here

Bodallin Catchment Group

17th March 2014
Moorine Rock, Western Australia


The Bodallin Catchment Group aims to demonstrate sustainable farming practices for the future.

Click here to view full details
 

5th National NRM Knowledge Conference

17th - 19th March, 2014
Launceston TAS
This year the  theme is Regional NRM – Communities in Action: viable communities, productive and healthy landscapes.
 
Click here to view full details

Biodiversity Forum

25th March 2014, 9am–3pm
Tivoli Room, Cummins Theatre, Merredin

The morning session will focus on revegetation and the afternoon session on invasive species management.

For more information contact Dylan Copeland, Shire of Mount Marshall's Natural Resource Management Officer on 9685 1202 or email nrmo@mtmarshall.wa.gov.au
 

Lake King Crop Updates

25th March 2014, 12.30 pm - 5pm
Lake King Golf Club, Lake King.

For more information, click here

 

Revegetation Opportunities Field Day

25th March 2014, 11am - 5pm
Registration s and Lunch at the Wongan Hills Visitors Centre, Wongan Hills.

Topics for the day include
- The use of native plant systems (fodder and tree cropping) in areas of low productivity
- Hydrology in the Wongan Hills area
- Local funding opportunities. 

For more information, click here.
 

Heavenly Hectares - Wongan Hills 

29th March, 2014
2 - 5 pm at the Wongan Hills Ambulance Hall


Fantastic information on 
issues to consider when planning your property

For more infomation conatct Andrew Shanks on 9671 1593 or email ashanks@wheatbeltnrm.org.au
 

Wesfarmers Centenery Community Concert

12th April, 2014
Northam, Western Australia

16th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference

26-29th May, 2014
Brisbane, Queensland
The Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference is a not-for-profit event held every three years to bring together researchers, land managers, students and policy makers dealing with pest animals.

Click here to view full details

Australian Sandalwood Network Field day

28th March
10am -2pm
5157 York-Williams Rd
  • Mangement issues of established plantations
  • Influence of frost on sandalwood establishment and productivity

Dolphins, Whales and other tales

Date: Saturday 26th April
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm
Venue: CWA Hall 101 Stirling Tce, Toodyay


Proudly brought to you by The Perth Advocates For The Earth and the Toodyay Naturalist Club, join Leighton as he shows his footage
from over a quarter of a century of wildlife filming, learn about the unique stories of how he captured the footage and see some
incredible underwater footage that has never been screened before.
Did you Know?

Biodiversity Hotspots part 3 - The Wheatbelt’s National Biodiversity Hotspot


We are all familiar with the natural beauty of the Salmon gum and York gum woodlands and heathland with their wildflower display in spring.  These are the things that make our region (region 10) so unique yet so fragile. Our region still has many significant remnants that contain many plants and animals found nowhere else in the world.  
 
One example of one of these is Boyagin-Tutanning reserves in Pingelly where there is a high density of rare and geographically restricted plants.  They also contain animal populations of Numbat, Quenda, Woylie, Tammar, Red-tailed phascogale and Brushtail possum.
 
With as much as 94% of the regions vegetation cleared, and an increasing number of ferals much of the remaining woodlands containing many of Western Australia's threatened plants and animals are at risk of extinction.
 
However, there are things we can all do at a local level to help, including revegetation to reconnect remaining patches of bush and feral animal control.

For more information see our website and wait for more information in the next enews.
 
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