E-News Issue 165

Do you have Bushland that needs looking after?

It may be on your property or it may be a local community reserve or a creekline. Wheatbelt NRM wants to help communities and land holders to protect their local natural areas.

Wheatbelt NRM's Bushcare grants will provide grants of up to $15,000 to community groups, groups of neighbours and individuals to help cover the cost of materials for a range of activities including fencing, revegetation, bushland weed and feral animal control.   Wheatbelt NRM recognises the value of community, so we are encouraging groups of adjoining land managers to work together and jointly apply.

Applications open Monday 31st March and close Monday 19th May 2014.

To discuss your application please contact Rachael Major on 9670 3119 or

Kind Regards 

The Wheatbelt NRM Team

Social media for you…..but where to start

Farming is visual, intriguing, and rural. It is a vital community in WA. These characteristics make it so well suited to social media. And I don’t just mean sharing ‘selfies’ on Facebook!

I’m Paul Harrigan, and I teach research and consult on social media for UWA. I’ll be contributing a few posts over the next few months about social media and its potential value to you guys. Hopefully I’ll separate the wood from the trees a little.

For more information, please just click here.

Moorditj Boodja Website Launch

The Bridgeley Centre in Northam reverberated to the sound of the Didgeridoo as Aboriginal Elder, Trevor Davis welcomed an enthusiastic audience to the launch of the Moorditj Boodja Website on Thursday 20th March 2014. The website, developed by Wheatbelt NRM, showcases a range of projects managed by the organisation that have been developed and implemented on country. The projects range from fire management to biodiversity and sustainable agriculture.
The website aims to encourage reconciliation, especially in relation to sites of cultural significance that exist on private farming properties and demonstrates how Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people can work together to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
For more information, visit the website.

Calling all Wheatbelt Farmers!

Researchers at Curtin University want to know what Farmers perceptions of the Influence of Natural Resource Management Support Providers are and how these perceptions effect their Decision-Making in the Wheatbelt.

There is a short survey involved and a $20 Bunnings Voucher will be emailed to all participants!

For more information on the study, click here

To start the survey, click here
Funding and Opportunities


Supporting NRM in the Wheatbelt - CLOSING TOMORROW!

Wheatbelt NRM has funding available to build NRM capacity  in the Wheatbelt. This funding is available for the following areas;
  • Professional Development Support for Wheatbelt based NRM professionals
  • Capacity building grants to support Wheatbelt based community groups
  • Conference sponsorship where Wheatbelt community members are sponsored to attend 2014 State NRM Conference: The Tipping Point Conference 7-9 May 2014
For more information and to discuss your application please contact Jacquie Lucas on 9670 3113 or email

For more information click here!

Applications close on the 28th of March, 2014.

Nutrient Management Funding 

Wheatbelt NRM is keen to work directly with farmers to improve nutrient use efficiency.

Grants up to $2,000 are available for activities which:

  • Help you to understand your soils nutrient status through soil testing and interpretation of results
  • Identify soil constraints (soil acidity/compaction/water repellence) using new tools or technologies
  • Gauge your soil biological activity

Wheatbelt NRM is keen to talk to you about potential project ideas/sites, if you have any queries, or would like support to develop your idea further please contact:

Georgie Troup

Phone: 9670 3110

Mobile: 0417 300 601


Or click here.

Applications close on the 4th of April, 2014. 

SGIO Community Grants Program

The SGIO Community Grants Program supports this by providing grants of up to $5,000 to community projects in the areas of crime prevention, road safety, emergency readiness and response and the environment.

Applications close on the 31st of March, 2014.

For more information, click here. 

Women Towards Sustainability E-Leaders Program

This is the third e-leaders program that the National Rural Women's Coalition has delivered to women living in rural, remote and regional Australia.  This year's program has an environmental sustainability and natural resource management focus.

Applications close on the 4th of April, 2014.

For more information, click here. 

Our Neighbourhood Community Grants 

Our Neighbourhood Community grants are provided by Australia Post to assist with projects that will help to build healthier, more vibrant and more inclusive communities across Australia.

Applications close on the 4th of April, 2014.

For more information, click here. 

Aurizon Community Giving Fund

The fund provides sustainable support to communities in the areas of Health & Wellbeing, Community Safety, Environment and Education.

Applications close on the 24th of April, 2014.

For more information, click here.

Expressions of interest for the 2014 Young Farming Champion

The Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champions (YFC) are selected by their industries to act as ambassadors.

For more information on the Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champion application click here.


Farm Finance Concessional Loan Opportunity

Farmers and primary industry business owners in the Central Wheatbelt can now apply for concessional loans aimed to help boost productivity of the State’s agriculture sector. 

For further information click here.

International River Foundation Riverprize

Riverprize is the world's most prestigious environmental award, giving recognition, reward and support to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management.

For more information, click here. 

Heywire 2014

The Heywire competition is now open to people aged 16 - 22, to submit a story about life in Australia outside the major cities.

Your story can be created in any form of media: text, video, photography or audio.

Applications close 16th of September, 2014.

For more information click here


Upcoming Events

Australasian Bat Night 

March and April

Australasian Bat Night is a public awareness programme aiming to show people the fascinating world of bats!

Australian Sandalwood Network Field day

28th March
10am -2pm
5157 York-Williams Rd
  • Mangement issues of established plantations
  • Influence of frost on sandalwood establishment and productivity

Heavenly Hectares - Wongan Hills 

29th March, 2014
2 - 5 pm at the Wongan Hills Ambulance Hall

Fantastic information on 
issues to consider when planning your property

For more infomation conatct Andrew Shanks on 9671 1593 or email

Wheatbelt Conference 2014

3rd - 4th April, 2014
York Recreation and Conference Centre

The Wheatbelt Conference brings together key decision makers, government and non-government organisations integral to the development of the Wheatbelt.

For more information, click here


Master TreeGrower Course

4th April to 16th May, 2014
Margaret River

The Master TreeGrower (MTG) course is all about using trees and shrubs to enhance agricultural production, conserve soil, protect biodiversity and produce products.

For more information, click here. 

The Great Cocky Count

6th  April, 2014
State wide 

The sixth Great Cocky Count (GCC), WA’s biggest survey for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, will be held on 6 April 2014. During this annual community-based survey, volunteers count Carnaby’s at night-time roost sites across the southwest of the state on a single night in April. 

For more information, click here.

Dolphins, Whales and other tales

Date: Saturday 26th April
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm
Venue: CWA Hall 101 Stirling Tce, Toodyay

The Perth Advocates For The Earth and the Toodyay Naturalist Club present Leighton De Barros, Wildlife Film Maker. Leighton will present film from over a quarter of a century of wildlife filming.

The Tipping Point Conference 

7-9 May 2014
Abbey Beach Resort, Busselton WA

This conference has a strong focus on tipping points in social, ecological and economic systems and ways of managing change to ensure a positive future for generations of Western Australians.

We are pleased to offer sponsorship to Wheatbelt community members to attend. Click here or scroll above to the funding item Supporting NRM in the Wheatbet.

For more information click here. 

16th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference

26-29th May, 2014
Brisbane, Queensland
The Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference is a not-for-profit event held every three years to bring together researchers, land managers, students and policy makers dealing with pest animals.

Click here to view full details
Did you Know?

Biodiversity Hotspots Part 4

Protecting bushland is often basic common sense. It is easy to see what is threatening and or degrading a patch of bush. We are all familiar with the effect grazing stock has on bushland such as soil erosion, seedlings not getting a chance to grow, introduced weeds, ring barking, annual weeds taking over, excluding natives and increasing fire risk. All these problems can be solved by simply fencing the patch of bush to exclude stock. Within a short time natural regeneration of native species will take place and can always be helped along with revegetation.

To continue reading this article click here

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