E-News Issue 192
Events  |  Biodiversity  |  Sustainable Communities  |  Aboriginal NRM  | Sustainable Agriculture  |  Funding  |  Donations 

Confidence within Wheatbelt Landcare groups

A survey of Landcare and farming groups in the Wheatbelt has revealed at least three quarters of members thought they were making a difference to the environment.
The one-off National Landcare Survey was developed and funded by the Federal Government’s National Landcare program and organised through the regional Landcare facilitators in each region.
In the Wheatbelt, 29 land care groups and 10 grower groups took part.
Wheatbelt NRM’s Regional Landcare Facilitator Leigh Whisson said 65 per cent of respondents thought the Landcare movement was mostly successful.
“The biggest concerns these groups had centred on repairing land degradation, revegetation, sustainable food production and weed and pest control.” Leigh Whisson said.
“But the top challenge facing the groups was a lack of funds for on ground works followed by lack of community interest."
The survey also highlighted the importance of regional groups like Wheatbelt NRM in supporting Landcare groups through funding and strategy.
“Regional NRM groups were ranked the most important funding sources and over three quarters of all Landcare and farming groups surveyed had read their regions NRM plan.”
“By groups aligning their activities with the Regional NRM they are contributing to the regions overall NRM strategic objectives and priorities.” Leigh Whisson said.
Using the information from the surveys, the Federal Government will complete a report on the nation’s key Landcare outcomes.
If you would like to view the Regional NRM Strategy for the Avon River Basin please click here.

Toodyay's Hidden Wildlife

Join us TONIGHT for a bat walk around Toodyay with WA’s ‘bat man’ Joe Tonga and Wheatbelt NRM.

Learn about: wildlife in your backyard, attracting wildlife, wildlife tracks and traces, dieback awareness, and feral animal control.

When:  Friday 15 May 2015, 6-9.30pm
Where: Toodyay Community Centre
Cost:     FREE

Download the flyer HERE, or contact Jacquie Lucas on 9670 3100 or via email.
Aboriginal Land Managers and other interested parties are invited to attend a workshop at Bakers Hill on Bushtucker, Biodiversity and Carbon Farming.

Learn about preparing sites for bushtucker trials, in particular quandong and sandalwood. Hear about feral animal control measures on this Bushcare Grants site, using sensor cameras and cage traps. There will also be a talk on Carbon Farming.

When:   Friday 22 May 2015, 9am - 3pm
Where: Coobabla Farm, 65 Garden Road, Bakers Hill
Cost:     FREE

RSVP - David Grasby on 0407 171 832 or

Download the flyer HERE. Get Directions HERE.

Fighting back against Wheatbelt ferals

Feral control is about more than just protecting your livestock. It plays a vital role in improving bushland on your property, ensuring that the Wheatbelt's unique native plants and animals are there for future generations to enjoy.

Join us for this half day workshop on managing feral pest on your property, covering: 1080 accreditation, vertebrate pest management, and bushland weeds.

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

RSVP - Rachael Major on (08) 9670 3119 or

Talkin' Soil Health 2015

Natural resource management groups across regional Western Australia are joining forces to bring you the 2015 Talkin’ Soil Health conference.

When:  10-11 September 2015
Where:  Kojonup, WA

Download the flyer HERE, visit the WEBSITE, or follow the event on Twitter @TalkinSoil

Other Events

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

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

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

National Carbon Farming Conference
7–10 July 2015, Albury, NSW. Click HERE.

Australian Citizen Science Conference 2015
23-24 July, 2015, Canberra, ACT. Click HERE.

Join the Green Army!

The Green Army is an Australian Government initiative open to young people including Indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers who are looking to develop skills, undertake training and gain experience in the delivery of conservation projects. Through this, participants will enhance opportunities for careers and further training in conservation.

The Green Army will be working with Wheatbelt NRM to improve six sites on the Avon River by removing weeds of national significance (WoNS). The project focuses on the Avon River and seeks to protect and enhance its significant ecological and cultural values. The project site is the Avon River and will cover from Toodyay to Beverley.

To apply, complete the application HERE.
For more information, click HERE.
Download the flyer HERE.
Sustainable Communities

Wheatbelt Science Forum

Wheatbelt NRM has been setting up sensor cameras at a private property in Wongan Hills in preparation for the inaugural Wheatbelt Science Forum.

The theme for the two-day forum is ‘Earth Science’ and Wheatbelt NRM will be using the footage as part of its workshops at the event. Wheatbelt NRM will be holding three workshops: â€˜Bush in the classroom’, ‘What’s in our soil’ and ‘Salinity in the Wheatbelt’.

The Wheatbelt Science Forum for secondary and primary schools will be held in Wongan Hills over 25-26 June 2015. It is a fantastic opportunity for teachers and students to learn from science experts while participating in fun science activities.

Community Landcare Surveys

There are several surveys concerning Landcare on at the moment. Your feedback is appreciated and will help create the best outcomes for all.

WA Landcare - HERE.     Youth engagement - HERE.
Aboriginal NRM

NEW! Aboriginal & Environmental Interpretation Centre

The Shire of Northam has been approved for $2.1m of Commonwealth funding for the construction of an Aboriginal and Environmental Interpretation Centre in Northam. The centre will be an interactive, educational space to recognise the rich Aboriginal and Environmental presence in the area.

The funding is part of Round One of the National Stronger Regions Fund.
Sustainable Agriculture

Australian Farmer of the Year Awards – Now open

This is an opportunity for you to nominate your family, friend, colleague or neighbour who has made a profound difference in the Agricultural community. Tell the nation about their amazing work and outstanding contribution.

Entries close: 26 June 2015

Nominate now! Click HERE.

We want you!

If you are a farmer who manages profitable and healthy soils.

Nominate yourself, or dob in a mate as a Soil Health Champion during the International Year of Soils!

Four winners will be selected to win prizes, and all finalists will attend the Talkin’ Soil Health Conference all expenses paid (10-11 September 2015, Kojonup).

Click HERE or HERE for more information, or connect with @TalkinSoil on Twitter.

Nominations close:  Thursday 16 July 2015

Other Funding

Digital iSeed Project
RDA Wheatbelt and Heartlands WA have ten $500 grants for community organisations and local government to deliver a digital workshop, event or project.Closes: 22 May 2015. Read more HERE and HERE.

Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarship 2015
Scholarship opportunity for young agriculture students to gain insights into agriculture, business management and retail business. Closes: 25 May 2015. Read more HERE and HERE.

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.

National Stronger Regions Fund
Infrastructure funding in regional communities for local government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations. Opens: 15 May 2015. Closes: 31 July 2015. Read MORE.

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

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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