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E-News Issue 193
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2015 Youth Soil Photo Competition


Wheatbelt NRM invites high school students throughout the Wheatbelt to participate in the 2015 Wheatbelt International Year of Soils Photo Competition.

The photo competition is linked with a new Soil Quality eBook currently in development with the University of Western Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. The competition is intended to raise awareness and provide an opportunity for young people to become engaged in understanding and appreciating the value of soil and importance of soil quality.

The theme for the competition is ‘Our Soils - Our Future’. Entry is open to all students in the Western Australian Wheatbelt aged 12 – 25 years old.  Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Year 10 and under; Years 11 & 12; and, Tertiary.

Click HERE for more information.  
Click HERE to download the flyer.
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Online Shop

Rabbit bait stations


Did you know that Wheatbelt NRM has an online shop?

We currently have ‘Rabbit Bait Stations’ available for $30 each. These are designed to safely and efficiently feed poisoned oats to feral rabbits. They save you time and money by protecting the bait from weather and offering an easy monitoring of bait uptake.

Access the shop HERE.
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Events

Fighting back against Wheatbelt ferals


Join Wheatbelt NRM’s Biodiversity team during June to learn more about managing the feral pests on your property. With workshops on 1080 accreditation, vertebrate pest management, and bushland weed control.

When:  8 - 23 June 2015
Where: across the Wheatbelt
Cost:    FREE

RSVP - Rachael Major on (08) 9670 3119 or rmajor@wheatbeltnrm.org.au
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Wildlife Management in a Changing Environment


The call for abstracts is now open for the 2015 Australian Wildlife Management Society’s annual conference to be held in Perth during November. The theme is ‘Wildlife Management in a Changing Environment’. Click HERE.
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Aboriginal NRM

Bush tucker at Coobabla Farm


Coobabla Farm in Bakers Hill is the second site in the Aboriginal NRM Bush Tucker Trials project.

Site preparation is well underway for the first stage of a quandong trial, with one paddock already ripped in readiness for plantings in June 2015. Acacia seedlings will accompany the quandongs as host trees and further plantings are planned for June 2016.

The Hayward family who own Coobabla Farm also hosted the recent Wheatbelt NRM workshop on ‘Looking after our Bushland’, with WNRM holding talks on establishing sites for native bush food, feral and weed management, carbon farming, using sensor cameras, and the impact of weeds on Wheatbelt bushland.
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Farming with Cultural Heritage


Aboriginal culture and spiritual health is strongly tied to country and the health of the environment. Many traditional stories relate to how the country was formed, how ecosystems interact and how humans interact with and manage the environment.

Learn more on the Mooditj Boodjar website HERE.
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Sustainable Agriculture

Walkin the Talk – Soil Health


Heard about the Talkin' Soil Health Conference and want to learn more?

Check out this quick clip (3 mins) of edited highlights from the 2013 conference. HERE.
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Get the dirt on the Champions


This year the Talkin' Soil Health Conference is seeking farmers who manage profitable and healthy soils.

Four winners will be chosen to be profiled in a short film that will screen at the conference in September 2015. Applications close 16 July.

Check out the short ten minute film on previous Wheatbelt Champion Gavin Hagboom, HERE.
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Biodiversity

Eucalypt woodlands of the WA Wheatbelt ecological community


The Department of Environment are seeking feedback and comment on the draft listing assessment (known as the Conservation Advice), for the Eucalypt woodlands of the WA Wheatbelt ecological community.

The draft listing is available HERE, along with a list of questions to guide your comments and a useful consultation guide.

Closing date for comment: 30 June 2015
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Draft varied Threat abatement plan for predation by feral cats


The Minister for the Environment has released the draft varied ‘Threat abatement plan for predation by feral cats’ for public comment.

The draft plan provides a national strategy to identify activities to abate the threat and guide investment and effort by the Australian Government, jurisdictions, research organisations and non-government organisations in managing the impacts of feral cats on native species. Read MORE.

Public comment closes:  8 July 2015
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Sustainable Communities

The influence of NRM support on Wheatbelt farmers


According to a recent Curtin University survey, most Wheatbelt farmers are taking part in conservation agriculture practices, such as no-till, addressing soil acidity, and managing weeds of national significance. Over half are actively managing native vegetation, and a handful are implementing controlled traffic farming or variable rate technology.

The survey was conducted by Curtin doctoral student Lynda Braddick as part of her PhD in Sustainable Development and was conducted by between March 2014-2015. The survey aims to help natural resource management (NRM) organisations better understand the influence they have on farmers undertaking NRM activities.

Eighty-five farmers took part in the survey, from Badgingarra in the north to Wagin in the south and Southern Cross in the east.

Click HERE to view the survey results.
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2015 Landcare Awards - CLOSING SOON


Reminder that the 2015 Landcare Awards are closing on Sunday 31 May. Click HERE to find out more about nominating.
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Beardson Winter Blanket Challenge


Do you love the land we live in? This is your chance to show you do by growing a beard this Winter!

Already got a beard? Get it sponsored and keep it growing for our Australian landscape! The funds you raise through the Beardson Winter Blanket Challenge will help Landcare Australia save endangered species such as the Brush-tailed rock wallaby, grey-headed flying fox, glossy black cockatoo and the Broad headed snake. Read MORE.

Grow your beard between:  1 June – 31 August 2015
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Job Opportunity


Wild Dog Coordinator

 
Northern Wheatbelt, WA
Fixed term contract until July 2018
$80,000 - $110,000 p.a.
 
Australian Wool Innovation Ltd is seeking a highly motivated individual to work with and assist landholders to develop and implement best practice nil/cross tenure wild dog management strategies, plans and tools. Experience, training and qualifications in livestock production, natural resource management, co-ordination and facilitation will be highly regarded.

Applications close:  22 June 2015
Position description – click HERE.
More information, HERE.
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Funding

Other Funding


Ag Gap: Pathways to agricultural industries
Give young Australian school leavers a hands-on introduction to the agricultural sector. Up to $10,000 available to implement the Ag Gap program in your community. Click HERE. Closes: 12 June 2015.

Farm Business Assessment Scheme
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to farmers across the eastern and northern Wheatbelt who are experiencing financial hardship and/or difficulties servicing their debt. Closes: 30 June 2015 Read MORE.

Farm Finance Concessional Loans – extended
WA farmers have more time to apply for a Farm Finance Concessional Loan. Closing date: is now 30 June 2015. Read more HERE and HERE.

2016 Nuffield Scholarships
For primary producers aged 28-40 years, who are involved in farming as owner, manager or active member of the business. Closes: 30 June 2015. CLICK HERE.

Owen Brownley Youth Fund
Scholarship fund supporting young people working in or studying agriculture. Contact: Elisa Spengler at the RAIN office on (08) 9383 1018 or rainoffice@westnet.com.au

Coles Nurture Fund
The Coles Nurture Fund helps small Australian food and grocery producers, farmers and manufacturers to innovate and grow their business. CLICK HERE.
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Other Events

Other Events


Nuts & Bolts of Measuring Outcomes
2 June 2015, WACOSS Webinar. Click HERE.

Advanced Spray Application Workshop
10 June 2015, Corrigin. Click HERE.

Grain Marketing Professional Development Workshop
10 June 2015, Merredin. Click HERE.

UWA Institute of Agriculture: Postgraduate Showcase
11 June 2015, Perth. Click HERE.

Holistic Management Advanced Training
17 & 18 June, Albany. Click HERE.

Liebe Group Woman’s Field Day
17 June 2015, Dalwallinu. Click HERE.
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