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E-News Issue 180
2014 Wheatbelt NRM's AGM

2014 Wheatbelt NRM AGM


Wheatbelt NRM would like to thank the 100 community members who joined us at last week’s Annual General Meeting, 20 Year Celebration and Salinity debate.
 
The debate topic – 'Salinity is not a barrier to production' – was a direct response to concerns expressed by our community about salinity.
 
Our vision is for a healthy environment with a strong agricultural industry. Through the debate we wanted to explore whether this issue remains a barrier to production. And if so, how this affected land can be made profitable.
 
Although the day was won by the opposing team presenting the view that salinity IS a barrier to production, every speaker on the day put forward a great case.
 
Special honours were given to Wheatbelt NRM Deputy Chair Cec McConnell who was a late fill in for Dr Michael Robertson who was ill and had sent his apologies.
 
It was particularly rewarding that a debate covering such a potentially fiery topic was injected with some healthy doses of humour from both teams.
 
Our very special thanks to our fantastic speakers:
 
Dr Sarita Bennett – Senior lecturer – Environment & Agriculture, Curtin University
Glenice Batchelor – Tammin farmer
Prof Keith Smettem – Winthrop Professor, UWA
Cec McConnell – Partner at ThinkScape
Max Hudson – Chairman, Wheatbelt Catchment Alliance
Dr Richard George – Principal Research Scientist, DAFWA
 
If you missed the day, you can watch the speakers go head-to-head by CLICKING HERE.

Kind regards,

Wheatbelt NRM
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Welcome to our new and renominating Board Members
Board Member Bruce Wittber
Bruce Wittber brings considerable knowledge to the Board in board governance, financial management and strategic planning. He has previously held the position of Independent Chair of the Audit Committee and has a broad understanding of the role and functions of natural resource management. Bruce wishes to contribute to the community through direct involvement in NRM activities.
Board Member Colin Cable
Colin Cable has managed numerous NRM projects in the York district and was president of the Talbot Brook Land Management Association Inc. for 10 years. He seeks to share his knowledge and skills in landholder engagement, Indigenous cultures and guidance – gained working with the WA Police Force and through his Noongar heritage. Colin joined the Board in 2011 and has successfully renominated to serve a second term.
Board Member Simon Whitehouse
Simon Whitehouse joins Wheatbelt NRM’s Board to assist in the organisation’s continued development and expand its reach into the general community, especially mainstream farmers. He has had a long involvement with natural resource management at varying levels and brings considerable experience in government and the agricultural industry.
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Wheatbelt wheat

Donate to Wheatbelt NRM


Wheatbelt NRM is now registered with the CBH Group to allow Western Australian farmers and grain growers to donate grain or money to the organisation.

During the 2013-14 season, 538 tonnes of grain were donated via CBH resulting in $185,000 going to charities and organisations around the state.

To donate to Wheatbelt NRM via CBH:
  1. Ring CBH on 1800 199 086, then select Option 2
  2. Say, I want to ‘donate a load’
  3. Nominate the load to ‘Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management, grower number 4040-6787’
  4. Say, I want to ‘donate XXX tonne’
During the process a contract is setup between CBH and the grower, with Wheatbelt NRM as beneficiary.

Wheatbelt NRM also accepts donations via its website.
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Landcare in the Wheatbelt

National Landcare Programme


As the new National Landcare Programme replaces the previous ‘Caring for our Country’, our contract with the Australian Government is being updated.

This gives us some scope to embark on new project areas and we welcome suggestions from Landcarers on possible areas that Wheatbelt NRM could move into.

Please direct your suggestions to Natarsha Woods via email or phone: 9670-3123, by Wednesday 12 November 2014.
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MyPestGuide App

Australian Biosecurity Inquiry


Australia’s environmental biosecurity is the focus of a current Senate Inquiry investigating the country’s ability to protect its natural environment from invasive species such as weeds, pests and diseases.

Over 35 potentially harmful species are now established in the wild because of failures in biosecurity, including bridal creeper in the Avon Valley.

Carbon Farming Initiative review


The Climate Change Authority is currently reviewing the federal government’s Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and have released an Issues Paper.

Submissions to teh review have now closed but watch this space for the report.

CLICK HERE and HERE for more information.
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feral cat

Govt plans to eradicate feral cats


With Australia's native wildlife disappearing at an alarming rate and with feral cats the chief culprits, the Federal Government has announced a 10-year plan to effectively eradicate feral cats.

“Along with the fox, they've caused the extinction of more than 20 species of native animals and they're now contributing to the declines of small mammals across the whole of Northern Australia”, said Chris Johnson, Zoology, University of Tasmania.

CLICK HERE to watch the Lateline report, or read the transcript online.
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east of Cunderdin

Feral animal stories


Wheatbelt NRM is one of five regions around Australia taking part in the feral animal Enviro-Stories program via the National NRM Facilitation project.

The program works with NRM groups, who engage local schools and community to write stories and create illustrations about the impact of feral animals in their area.
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east of Cunderdin

Wheatbelt rocks WA Tourism Awards


A low budget promotional film clip showcasing the Wheatbelt region as a unique part of Western Australia has been named a finalist in the 2014 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards. The film was project managed by Gen Whisson, past Wheatbelt NRM Board Member.

‘Rocking Out on the Pathways to Wave Rock’ is a hit on YouTube and is one of five finalists in the Destination Marketing category.

CLICK HERE for more information.
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Skeleton Weed

WA Tree Farmers of the Year


Marty and Connie Winch-Buist have won the 2014 WA Tree Farmer of the Year award for their ground-breaking success in developing markets for sandalwood nuts. The award for excellence in tree farm management and practices, communication and education, sustainability and innovation, is run by the Australian Forest Growers.
Fusarium Crown Rot

Snakes are out and about


A timely reminder to be aware of snakes with several people bitten in the Wheatbelt over the last week.

Only experienced snake handlers should attempt to remove or relocate snakes and pet dogs and cats should not be allowed to be unleased into bushland.
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Regional Wellbeing Survey

Regional Wellbeing Survey


People living in Australia’s countryside are encouraged to take part in the University of Canberra’s Regional Wellbeing Survey. Participants are eligible to enter the draw to win prizes worth a total of $7,000.

Survey closes: Sunday 30 November 2014

CLICK HERE to view last year’s results.

CLICK HERE to complete the survey online, or call 1800 981 499 to have a paper survey posted to you.
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Job Opportunity

Noongar Budja Carer Trainee

Wheatbelt NRM
Wheatbelt NRM is seeking a motivated young person to work as an Aboriginal ‘Noongar Budja Carer Trainee’ in the Aboriginal NRM Program. The successful candidate will assist with office administration and project delivery and ideally would be interested in the environment and working outdoors in natural bushland. Northam based position.

Applications close: Wednesday 5 November 2014, 5pm

CLICK HERE for more information.
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Training Opportunity

Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation


Remember to RSVP your spot TODAY for the one day workshop, ‘Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation’, covering monitoring, evaluation, reporting, improvement, and planning development.

Register your interest with Karen Smith on 9670 3125 or via email.

When:  Thursday 20 November 2014
Where:  Wheatbelt NRM offices, Northam
Cost:  $450 per person

RSVP date:  Friday 7 November 2014
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Upcoming Events

'Microblitz' science project

Microblitz
Join the citizen science project revolutionising soil biology and find out why people all over WA are sending soil samples to UWA laboratories. Unravel the secrets of soil microbes with new insights on improving soil management for future sustainability. With SPICE and Professor Andy Whiteley.

Date: Monday 3 November 2014
Time: 6 - 7pm
Where: UWA, Crawley Campus
RVSP: liz.barbour@uwa.edu.au

CLICK HERE for more information.
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Psychology of climate change denial

climate change psychology
Free one-hour webinar exploring psychological responses to the topic of climate change, and how they relate to psychological and social needs in terms of social psychology.

When: Thursday 6 November 2014
Time: 10.30am (WA time)

CLICK HERE to register.
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Environmental Weeds Action Network

EWAN weeds forum


Environmental weeds:  past, present & future

Join the Environmental Weeds Action Network (EWAN) for its’ twentieth anniversary as they consider the future of environmental weed management in WA. An exciting range of speakers is planned, with Greg Keighery, Kate Brown and Jon Dodd.

Date:  Friday 28 November 2014
Time:  8.30am to 4.30pm
Venue:  Murdoch University, Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre
Cost:  $15 payable at the door

CLICK HERE to register via email, or phone (08) 9331 3693.
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Funding
Primezone

Primezone Partner Schools


Expressions of interest are sought from schools and their communities to take part in a trial of the ‘Primezone Partner Schools’ program.

Primezone is an initiative of the Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEF) in partnership with the Federal Department of Education. It provides teachers with single-point access via its website to a range of primary industries education resources.

Expressions of interest close:  Friday 21 November 2014

CLICK HERE and HERE for more details.
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National Stronger Regions Fund - reminder

Toodyay bird hide
National Stronger Regions Fund grant applications are still open for community infrastructure projects that help boost social and economic development throughout regional Australia.

Applications close:   28 November 2014, 5pm AWST

For more information, contact RDA Wheatbelt via email or call 9575 1888.

CLICK HERE for more details.
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