E-News Issue 217
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Youth Environment Photo Competition

Are you a budding photographer in the Wheatbelt under the age of 35?

Do you want to showcase the beauty of this amazing region?

Wheatbelt NRM is excited to launch its 2016 photo competition. The Youth Environment Photo Competition is open to anyone under 35 years old living in the Avon River Basin. The competition seeks to encourage people to gain a better appreciation for the beauty of their local environment. The winning entrant will win an iPad mini with four secondary prizes winning $100 each.

The 2016 categories for ‘Nature in Focus’

Paddock trees - Capture the majesty of these iconic and essential trees.
Flora and Fauna - Capture the Wheatbelt’s amazing plants and animals.
Faces if the Wheatbelt - Capture the diversity, character and resilience of our Wheatbelt.
Sense of place - Capture your connection and character of the Wheatbelt landscape.

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NRM Community Support Grants

Applications close: June 27th 
This program will specifically support groups to increase the knowledge and skills of the Wheatbelt community in order to participate in and directly contribute to the management of our natural resources. The support will be available in three different ways: Community Event Support, Conference attendance and Equipment Grants.

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Do you need help with your application?
Contact Wheatbelt NRM's Regional Landcare Facilitator Leigh Whisson on
9670 3136 or click here to email Leigh.

Perennials for profit

Applications close: July 16th 
This program is aimed to assist the widespread adoption of palatable shrubs for livestock grazing and/or sandalwood plantations to diversify income and improve the condition of our soil, water and biodiversity. The program will provide up to $2500 contribution towards seedling expenses as well as the support of technical experts and peer mentors.

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Community Feral Control

In order to assist the community control feral animals, Wheatbelt NRM is offering the loan of cage traps (1 cage trap per application) for 6 months and up to $1,500 for a 3 year baiting program. Conditions apply.

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Green Army Round 5 Open

Do you need help with your project?

Applications for Round 5 of the Australian Governments Green Army program are open until Thursday 16 June 2016. Community organisations, Landcare groups, and local councils can apply to host a Green Army project  

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Do you need help with your application?
Contact Wheatbelt NRM's Regional Landcare Facilitator Leigh Whisson on
9670 3136 or click here to email Leigh.

Making sense of soils in the paddock

15th June 2016

A hands-on look at weather stations and soil moisture probes and how in-paddock soil analysis can improve your returns at the UWA Future Farm, Pungelly. With presentations from Wheatbelt NRM, DAFWA, Planfarm and UWA.
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Activate the wheatbelt - tree planting party
3rd - 6th June

A fun-filled weekend of planting trees during the day, with the motivation of a DJ to help you along. At night things really come to life with a diverse range of musical acts to listen and dance to. Organic vegetarian meals will be available for you while you enjoy the beautiful nature under the stars and keep warm by the bonfires.
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Sustainable Agriculture

Trials & Demonstrations update - Avongro

Wheatbelt NRM has been working with Avongro, trialling the addition of Frankia, a nitrogen fixing soil bacteria, to Casuarina obesa to improve survival and growth rates in saline areas in the Wheatbelt. This trial is building on work previously completed by Avongro and Wheatbelt NRM, determining the best provenance of Casuarina obesa to grow in wheatbelt conditions.

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Early season yield prediction

With the end of seeding wrapping up it is fair to say even without sophisticated yield prediction techniques, it just feels like an ideal start to the season, setting up good yield potential. But putting an estimate on the potential yield can assist in many seasonal decisions such as revised inputs, particularly Nitrogen, and grain marketing sales.
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New partnership for Land for Wildlife conservation program

The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Land for Wildlife conservation program is partnering with NRM WA to help participants manage their bushland for wildlife habitat. Land for Wildlife is a voluntary scheme to encourage and assist private landholders to provide habitat for wildlife in bushland on their property. 

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Black-Flanked Rock-Wallaby Joey caught on sensor camera at Kalbarri

Last E-news we brought you the story of the Black-Flanked Rock-Wallabies translocated to Kalbarri. A few days ago the Department of Parks and Wildlife sensor camera caught this great picture of a joey. They look like they like it there!

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Aboriginal NRM

Nguna Morrt seed collecting


Wheatbelt NRM with assistance from the Noongar Boodja ranger team visited Noongar land manager Theo Michael’s property near Mawson. The team were busy collecting seeds from native plants which will be propagated to be returned to revegetate the site. Plants collected where eucalyptus macrocarpa(Mottlecah), Isopogon divergens, Allocasuarina sp. and Banksia sp.

Job Opportunities

Sustainable Agriculture Project Delivery Officer

NRM Project Delivery Officer

Based in Northam

Starting salary: $68,721 

The position is offered on a full time basis.

Contract to 30th September 2018

The Sustainable Agriculture Project Delivery Officer is responsible for providing project delivery across the Wheatbelt NRM Sustainable Agriculture program, including the delivery of on-farm trials, demonstration sites and extension based activities.

Closing date:  9th June 2016
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Other news

Landcare call for abstracts now extended

The National Landcare Conference is seeking presentations from those involved in the Landcare movement. If you feel you have something valuable to share with the Landcare community, which demonstrates a unique and beneficial approach to natural resource management and sustainable agriculture, please submit your presentation idea.

The closing date for abstract submissions has been extended to 10 June 2016.
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Other news headlines...

Avon River health...
NEW Muresk Institute farm supervisor ...
Farm storage puts a price tag on efficiency ...
Nutrient balancing could cut fertiliser costs ...
Digging deep and controlling compaction ...
Other events
Visit our online event calendar to view other events occuring in our region.
Other funding
Visit our website to view other funding available from other organisations here.
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