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E-News Issue 209
Board Update  |  Events  |   Funding  |  NRM Dashboard Spotlight  |  Biodiversity  |  Sustainable Agriculture  |  Aboriginal NRM  |  Sustainable Communities  |  Opportunities  |  Other News  |  Other Events  |  Donations 

Wheatbelt Woodlands Community Consultation


Wheatbelt NRM is one of several local NRM groups and shires who will be hosting free events across the Wheatbelt on behalf of the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment.

The Wheatbelt Woodlands Community Consultation events will cover:
  • what the new listing means for local farmers
  • community consultation on the EPBC Act
  • protected matters in the region.

Wheatbelt NRM will be hosting one of the events:

Tuesday 9 February 9, from 5.30-6.30pm
Bridgeley Community Centre in Northam
RSVP: Tyanna on 9670 3100, tyanna@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

 

ALL EVENTS

Monday 8 February   Geraldton 7 – 8.30pm
Tuesday 9 February   Perenjoi 12.30 – 2pm   |   Northam 5.30 – 6.30pm
Wednesday 10 February  Kondinin 12.30 – 2pm   |   Merredin 5.30 – 6.30pm
Thursday 11 February  Cranbrook 11am – 12pm   |   Narrogin 3 – 4pm
Board Updates

Welcome to Karla Hooper!


Karla has been chosen as the Wheatbelt NRM Board Intern and she will be learning the ropes of being a Board Director this year as part of our under-40 Board Scholarship.

Congratulations Karla!

Congratulations to Jim Sullivan!


Jim has been elected as Chair of the NRM WA Board.

NRM WA is an independent, non-government body that represents the state's natural resource management organisations in Western Australia.
Events
Healthy bushland is a valuable farm asset that can be managed to benefit both biodiversity and land productivity.

And to help you do this, we'll be running a series of FREE WORKSHOPS in February and March next year, covering:
  • major factors affecting bushland health and biodiversity in the Wheatbelt
  • how improving bushland health benefits both landholders and community
  • management options for boosting environmental biodiversity & your property’s sustainability
  • plus, information on applying for our Bushcare Grants.
Wongan Hills – 10 Feb 2016, Wongan CRC
Narembeen – 24 Feb 2016, Narembeen Rec Centre
Northam – 9 Mar 2016, Bridgeley Centre
Brookton – 12 Mar 2016, Brookton WB Eva Pavillion

Register your interest now!
Contact Terri Jones   |  (08) 9670 3122  |  tjones@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

www.wheatbeltnrm.org.au/bushcare    |    Download the FLYER

Carbon Farming for Profitability & Soil Health


WANTFA will be hosting nine workshops across WA's grain growing region this year on 'Carbon Farming for Profitability and Soil Health', with presentations on research results from a range of action-on-the-ground projects completed in 2015.

Would you like to have the workshops visit YOUR TOWN?
Contact Jo Wheeler on 96370 3121 or via jwheeler@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

WANTFA Carbon Farming Webinar


TUESDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2016!!

Join WANTFA for a webinar on the long term effects of no-till farming on soil carbon with Dr Ken Flower from UWA, from 12.30pm. Register online

Funding


Beat the rush! Get your applications in to us by 12 February 2016 to get started sooner.


Wheatbelt NRM can help you and your community to protect important bushland in your area!

Individuals, community groups and groups of neighbours may be eligible for Bushcare Grants up to $15,000, to help cover costs for the materials required for:
  • feral animal control
  • bushland weed control
  • fencing
  • biodiverse revegetation
Apply now: Rachael Major | (08) 9670 3100 | rmajor@wheatbeltnrm.org.au
www.wheatbeltnrm.org.au/bushcare              FLYER

Applications close: 1 April 2016

Other Funding


National Stronger Regions Fund – Grants from $20,000 to $10 million, for local governments and incorporated not-for-profit organisations to deliver capital projects with economic benefit to the region. HERE

Regional Biosecurity Groups FLASH GRANT
– One-off funding for groups interested in becoming a Recognised Biosecurity Group. Closes: 12 February 2016. HERE

Rob Ashman Memorial Scholarship – $3500 scholarship for Agriculture associated degree students. Closes: 19 February 2016. HERE

Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme – Grants from $50,000 to $300,000, for larger projects to boost investment, job opportunities and quality of life in regional areas. Closes: 17 March 2016. HERE

Wheatbelt Community Chest Fund – Grants up to $50,000 for smaller, local projects. Closes: 17 March 2016. HERE

Small Grants for Rural Communities  â€“ Grants up to $5,000 for projects and activities benefiting rural, regional or remote communities. HERE

Community Capability Grants – Small Projects – For organisations to improve volunteer capability and organisational governance. Grants up to $10,000. Closes: 30 May 2016. HERE
NRM Dashboard Spotlight

Remnant Bushland

 

Land clearing has had the biggest impact on species viability in the Wheatbelt since European settlement. Land has mainly been cleared for agriculture, with only 30% of native vegetation remaining in Wheatbelt NRM’s region.

So, how much remnant bushland is actually left?
  • only 6% in the Central Wheatbelt
  • only 11% in the Avon Arc
  • only 17% in the Eastern Wheatbelt
  • only 20% in the Southern Wheatbelt
  • and 99% in the Great Western Woodlands.
  An average of 2700+ hectares has been approved for clearing since 2010.

View the Wheatbelt NRM Dashboard
 
Data source: Department of Environmental Regulation
 
Biodiversity

2020 target set for more threatened species


The Woylie has been added to the Australian Government’s ’20 Mammals by 2020’ list which seeks to improve the populations of 20 native mammals over the next four years.

Woylies used to exist across the Wheatbelt, but with clearing and feral animals they are now isolated to pockets of remnant vegetation in the western half of the region.

Woylies are also known as brush-tailed bettongs and are listed as ‘endangered’ by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999.

The woylies are amongst eight mammals that were recently added to the list, along with the original twelve, that are listed for priority conservation in Australia’s Threatened Species Action Plan. Read more

[Photo by: Rob McLean]

YouTube clip - Black-flanked Rock-wallaby


Footage of an endangered Black-flanked Rock-wallaby on a granite rock outcrop in the central Wheatbelt. Look closely and you can also see a goanna (Bungarra) in the foreground too!

These guys are both benefiting from coordinated predator control work.

View the clip HERE

National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia


The National Standards for Ecological Restoration in Australia are now publicly available for viewing. These standards are a crucial tool to encourage all Australians to reduce damage and repair ecosystems. Read more
Sustainable Agriculture

Launch of eDemonstration Sites


Wheatbelt NRM recently attended a workshop hosted by DAFWA that brought together partners delivering eDemonstration sites across WA as part of their Royalties for Regions funded eConnected Grainbelt project.

The workshop highlighted the numerous innovations in technology occurring in agriculture and focussed on how the groups involved could share with the broader community key technological developments that will best advance our industry.

Final planning for the installation of the weather stations and soil moisture probes also occurred, with sites looking to be installed across the state over coming months.

While Wheatbelt NRM will host a site at the UWA Future Farm in Pingelly in partnership with Planfarm, we were excited to catch up with partners from across the our NRM region who will also be hosting sites, including the MADFIG, FEAR, CFiG and Facey groups.

State Soil Archive


Western Australia will soon have a State Soil Archive, housing hundreds of thousands of soil samples from the Kimberley to the South Coast. And it will be housed in the Wheatbelt.

More than 150,000 soil specimens collected from around the state by the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) will be located in a specially refurbished building located at the Muresk Institute in Northam.

The collection will be an important way of preserving the state’s heritage and furthering future research, with scientists able to access and add to the living library. It will also be of great benefit to students at Muresk.

The State Soil Archive will be administered by DAFWA and will open later this year. Read more
Aboriginal NRM

Life in the bush


“We lived out in the bush until I was about 16 years of age, in the tin camps. Round the fire and the night life and all that, when you had the campfires, it was like everyday thing for us. It was no special time, or whatever, it was just our life. Like nowadays they sit around the TV in the homes and that, well sitting around by the fire for us was the life, you know. And we’d just hear the old people telling the stories. They’d tell us about all the stars and how the stars relate to this area, and all the different dreamtime stories of the stars.”
 

A beautiful life


“They told us about food gathering and walking. So living in the bush and in the tin camps, was like, as I look back at it, it was like quite unbelievable. Even though there was a lot of circumstances that took our people and kept us out. It was a beautiful life.”

Recollections by Murray Yarran.

[Excerpt from ‘Keeping the Campfires Burning’ 2016 Calendar, March/Bunuru]
Sustainable Communities

2015 Toodyay BioBlitz Report - now online!


The Final Report for last year's BioBlitz in Toodyay is now online â€“ with the survey results and species, plus information on the site, survey methodology, and threats and recommedations.

Full of great pictures taken by community members and staff during the event.

CLICK HERE!
Opportunities

Lecturer in Plant Ecology

- Joint appointment at CSIRO and UWA


Full time, 5 year appointment
Crawley & Floreat, WA


The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top Australian universities and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.

UWA’s School of Plant Biology seeks to recruit a Lecturer in Plant Ecology (Ecosystem Change Ecology, Invasion Science and/or Restoration Ecology) to contribute to teaching, research training and research. The appointee will be a joint appointment between UWA and the CSIRO, with an equal share of time to be devoted to both institutions and their activities.

Closes: Friday 12 February 2016

Read more
Other News

Wheatbelt Science Hub launched


The Wheatbelt Science Hub aims to ‘inspire the discovery and excitement of science’, by developing partnerships, participating in events, and promoting the work of science professionals and organisations throughout the region. Read more

Forage Shrub Survey


Farmers, take part in our survey on the impact of forage shrubs in Wheatbelt farming systems to help us improve their integration Wheatbelt farms. MORE  | Do the Survey

Private Lands & Conservation Covenants Survey


Monash University wants to learn about your experiences with conservation covenants in the Wheatbelt. All responses are anonymous. Read more

Human dimensions of biosecurity management


DAFWA video on effective community action for wild dog management. Read more
Other Events
NACC ‘Productive Farming Future - Agriculture in a changing climate’ Forum,
10 February 2016, Coorow. HERE

2016 GRDC Farm Business Update,
10 February 2016, Narrogin. HERE Dalwallinu, 11 February 2016. HERE

Liebe Group: Trials Review Day, 16 February 2016, Dalwallinu. HERE

GGA Regional Meeting,
16 February 2016 – Merredin  |  23 February 2016 – Lake King HERE

WAFarmers Annual Conference, 18-19 February 2016, Perth. HERE

GRDC Grains Research Updates, 29 February – 1 January 2016, Perth. HERE

National Seed Science Forum 2016  |  14-16 March 2016, Mt Annan, NSW. HERE

Atlas of Living Australia Science Symposium 2016 
11–12 May 2016, Perth, WA. HERE

National NRM Knowledge Conference
6–8 June 2016, Coffs Harbour, NSW. HERE

Ecological Society of Australia 2016 Annual Conference
28 November – 2 December 2016, Fremantle, WA. HERE

International Mammalogical Congress, 9 – 14 July 2017, Perth. HERE
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