E-News Issue 236
Funding  |  Events  |  News  |  Sustainable Industries  |  Healthy Environments   Aboriginal NRM  |  Productive Relationships  |  Regional Landcare  |  Jobs  |  Other News  |  Other Events  |  Other Funding  |  Donations 

Talking Wheatbelt floods

Did you catch our CEO Natarsha Woods on ABC Radio recently talking about the 2017 Wheatbelt floods?

Tarsh spoke with Christine Layton on ABC Radio's ‘Great Southern Mornings’. They discussed how the Avon River Basin flows, trees and their effect on erosion, and the challenges farmers are now facing with extra summer weeds.

FLOOD SUPPORT available for Wheatbelt landholders

Have a listen to the interview!

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

There is a lot going on!

Wheatbelt NRM will be holding workshops in Corrigin, Dowerin, Kellerberrin, Nungarin and York during March and April.

Find out the latest in Ag technology on 14 March in Northam.

Get the most out of your feral control to protect your stock and native species by registering for our events in Corrigin (30 March) and Kellerberrin (6 April). 

And learn how to successfully incorporate forage shrubs and revegetation into your farm planning in Dowerin (28 March), 29 March (York) and Nungarin (4 April) .

Plus, learn all you need to know about growing trees for land protection, shelter, wildlife, aesthetics, bushfood and more, this July to September in Northam.

New program names revealed

Wheatbelt NRM has recently updated its three program names to better articulate their activities and bring them in alignment with the organisation’s 3 Year Plan.

The 3 Year Plan presents Wheatbelt NRM’s strategic direction to ensure it effectively responds to national, state and regional NRM needs. This is achieved by engaging our community through the newly renamed program themes:

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Sustainable Industries

Lime trials favours deep ripping

Throughout the Wheatbelt, soil acidity costs WA grain growers nearly $500 million in lost production, or about nine percent of the annual crop.

Nearly 60 percent of Stephen Dolton’s Bruce Rock farm is affected by soil acidity.

Early results from a Wheatbelt NRM funded trial on Stephen’s farm are showing that using deep ripping to incorporate lime into the subsoil can have some yield benefits.

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Livestock feed after heavy summer rains

It’s coming to one of the critical times of year when lambs are dropping and ewes need high nutrition to produce good milk to get the little fellas fat. However, recent rains have washed out a lot of nutrition in the crop stubbles and weeds need to be sprayed out ready for crops leaving very little feed for livestock. Hello Autumn Feed Gap!
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That tree is not where I left it 20 years ago!

Nothing on the surface of the Earth is fixed. The Earth's tectonic plates are constantly moving - in different directions and at different speeds. The Australian plate is moving in a north-easterly direction at a rate of about 7cm per year, or about 5mm per month.
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Healthy Environments

20 Million Trees - monitoring update

The second round of monitoring is underway for 13 revegetation sites in our ‘Avon River Basin EPBC species habitat security’ project.

One site north of Merredin even recorded a 95% survival rate for seedlings planted last winter, which is a fantastic result!

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Weed management for revegetation sites

With all the recent rain and germination of weeds, farm paddocks across the Wheatbelt are full of farmers in spray units, knocking down weeds.

While you’re killing the weeds in your cropping areas, if it’s not too boggy consider controlling the weeds in your revegetation sites at the same time. 

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Western Bearded Dragon (Pogona minor) - from a landholder in Corrigin.
Aboriginal NRM

Bush tucker plant profile - Condrun

Kick Bush  |  Astroloma serratifolium

Condrun is prized as bush tucker and is often eaten straight off the bush or made into jams. But watch out for its sharp serrated leaves!

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Book review - Noongar Bush Medicine

Medicinal Plants of the South-west of Western Australia

‘Noongar Bush Medicine’ showcases medicinal plant species local to Perth and the Avon Wheatbelt region that are used by Noongar people.

The book is authored by Ballardong/Wadjuk Elder Vivienne Hanson and John Horsfall who is a retired nurse.

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Productive Relationships

2016 AGM Video
- Ben Cole

Ben Cole is Managing Director of Wide Open Agriculture. His vision is that in 20 years’ time, the Wheatbelt towns are full of shops, the landscape is revegetated and people can see the land has more trees and wildlife.

Wide Open Agriculture empowers Wheatbelt farmers to transition towards regenerative farming practices, which can deliver both the selection and variety, that local and export markets are demanding.

VIEW Ben's presentation

2017 Wheatbelt Community NRM Survey

This March this year, Wheatbelt NRM are conducting surveys through Community Resource Centres near you. Surveys should take about 10 minutes to complete and all questions are voluntary. Plus, there are prizes to be won for taking part!


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Image credit: Harrison Hyde, Highly Commended entrant in our 2016 Youth Environment Photo Competition
Regional Landcare

RLF & Sustainable Agriculture Forum

Regional Landcare Facilitators and Sustainable Agriculture managers from across WA recently met up in Mandurah to share projects and ideas, and to discuss future directions for the National Landcare Programme.

Landcare in Focus - Biosecurity

In the February issue, we hear about Biosecurity issues from Landcare groups, topic experts, researchers, farmers, and government initiatives, in stories addressing biosecurity management, invasive species, pests, and disease.

'Landcare in Focus' eEdition
'Landcare in Focus' PDF

Economic benefits of investing in NLP

In 2015, the National Landcare Advisory Committee and the Department of the Environment commissioned a report to assess the economic benefits of investment into Landcare and the National Landcare Programme. Here are the results!

Evaluating economic impacts of investment in NLP activities

Evidence for economic impacts of investment in NLP activities

Jobs & Opportunities

Project Manager Sustainable Industries

Full time, Northam

Manage sustainable agriculture projects in the Wheatbelt, with experience and technical knowledge of agriculture industry.

Maternity leave contract.

Closes: 20 March 2017, 5.00pm


Project Delivery Officer Sustainable Industries

Full time, Northam

Work with farmers and industry partners to trial sustainable management practices in the Wheatbelt.

Closes: 20 March 2017, 5.00pm


Other News

Summer canola to fill autumn feed gap
Perennial shrub systems reducing wind erosion (NACC)
Perennial crops: new hardware for agriculture
Russian wheat aphid: Where are we at with this pest in WA? (GRDC)
New biological weapon targets farmers’ no. 1 pest

Drone mapping in agriculture on the rise
Digital check-up takes pulse of ag tech take-up
‘Big data’ - what can it offer WA grain growers?

Using natural sequences to rehydrate & regenerate landscape
A new era in grassland and grassy woodland restoration
Soil microbiologist Dr. Elaine Ingham is coming to Australia
Holistic Management Practitioner Training, Margaret River

Healthier landscapes: RHDV1 K5 national release
Record rabbit activity with RabbitScan
Help keep wildlife healthy for a healthier world

Other Events

Great Cocky Count

Are there Black Cockatoos roosting near (or at) your place?

Then you can help count cocky numbers in our region to better understand this unique and endangered species!

Sunday 9 April  |  Across WA  |  6pm  
Flyer  |  Register online
Visit our online event calendar to view other events occuring in our region.
Other Funding

FLOOD SUPPORT for Wheatbelt landholders

Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements

DAFWA’s Flood and Cyclone Recovery Webpage

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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