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E-News Issue 179
south of Wyalkatchem

Salinity is not a barrier to production


Salinity is a major environmental issue in the Wheatbelt, impacting on agricultural production, water quality, biodiversity and infrastructure.

But does this saline environment have to be treated as a useless wasteland, or are there other ways to make the land profitable?

As part of our 2014 Annual General Meeting, Wheatbelt NRM is hosting a ‘great debate’ to explore this topic.

Former ABC personality Russell Woolf will moderate the event with three speakers in the affirmative and three in the negative, including:
  • Dr Richard George – over 30 years’ experience in resource assessment, including the assessment and management of soil salinity issues in dryland and irrigated agriculture.
  • Dr Michael Robertson – expert in sustainable agriculture including crop physiology, simulation and modelling, farming systems, participatory research, and economics and drivers to practice change.
  • Prof Keith Smettem – leading ecohydrologist who works extensively with soil physics, hydrology and plant water use. Sub-program leader in the CRC for Plant-Based Management of Dryland Salinity.
  • Dr Sarita Bennett – strong research background in pasture ecology and agronomy, farming saline landscapes, and the development of alternative crops.
  • Glenice Batchelor – project managed the Catchment Demonstration Initiative on Salinity and Water Management and assisted with the ‘Enrich’ program. Previous Wheatbelt NRM Board Chair and Tammin farmer.
  • Last speaker to be confirmed
We expect this to be one of our most exciting events, so don’t miss out!

Kind regards,
Wheatbelt NRM
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east of Cunderdin

Wheatbelt NRM AGM - Save the date!


Help celebrate our 20th anniversary at this year’s Annual General Meeting.

Then join us afterwards as a team of eminent scientists, farmers and researchers debate the topic: ‘Salinity is not a barrier to production’.

We hope that you can attend to commemorate 20 years of natural resource management in the Avon River Basin.

When:  Thursday 23rd October 2014
Where: Bridgeley Community Centre, 91-93 Wellington Street, Northam
Time:  10am - 1pm
RSVP:  Tyanna on 9670 3100, email tyanna@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

CLICK HERE for more information and to register online.
DOWNLOAD the invitation flyer.
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Opportunities for WA agriculture


Western Australian agriculture is on the cusp of a new era and may be looking at its best opportunities in more than half a century, according to State Premier Colin Barnett’s address at the 2014 Muresk Lecture.

Mr Barnett said that the WA Government is committed to supporting the agricultural industry and has begun rolling out a number of agriculture and food initiatives, including money for grains research and helping grain growers.

CLICK HERE for more information.
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High-tech project for grain growers


Western Australian grain growers are set to benefit from a $10 million investment of funds from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program in a high tech project designed to help make WA grain crops more profitable.

CLICK HERE for more information.
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MyPestGuide App

DAFWA phone app tracks pests


A new mobile phone application has been released by DAFWA enabling growers, agronomists, and the wider community to monitor and report on the presence of pests in crops.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Sustainable farming for UWA


The University of Western Australia and a group of leading international organisations will work towards developing a sustainable management plan for ruminant livestock through a global network known as the ‘Global Farm Platform'.

CLICK HERE for more information.
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Skeleton Weed

Weed program success


Infestations of Skeleton Weed have been vastly reduced in the Wheatbelt over the past year, according to the Grains, Seeds and Hay Industry Funding Scheme Management Committee.

CLICK HERE for more information.
Fusarium Crown Rot

Bad year for Fusarium crown rot


A large amount of Fusarium crown rot has been seen in crops this season particularly where crops are under drought stress.

CLICK HERE and HERE for more information, or contact Greg Shea at the DAFWA, Merredin for more details on 9081 3112.
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Job Opportunities

Aboriginal NRM - Project Delivery Officer

Wheatbelt NRM
An exciting opportunity exists to work with communities in the Wheatbelt to support participation in NRM.

The Aboriginal NRM Project Delivery Officer will provide leadership in Aboriginal engagement in natural resource management and facilitation of NRM projects in the Wheatbelt NRM Sustainable Communities program. This will include the engagement of community and delivery of on-ground projects that work with traditional owners, local community, farmers and government to build the capacity of the Aboriginal community in natural resource management. The position will also facilitate the sharing of knowledge from community and skills gained through the on-ground projects.

The position description, and application process can be found on the Wheatbelt NRM website CLICK HERE.

Applications close:    Friday 17 October 2014, 5pm.
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Facey Group - Executive Officer

Facey Group
The Facey Group is seeking an enthusiastic and innovative leader to fill the role of Executive Officer to work closely with their dynamic staff and committee to further the profitability and sustainability of their members, key partners and the wider industry. 

CLICK HERE for detailed job description, or contact Felicity Taylor on 9888 1223 or via email.

Applications close:         Friday October 17, 3.00pm
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Southern DIRT

Southern DIRT - Project Officer


Southern DIRT is seeking a highly motivated, organised and enthusiastic person to manage research and development projects for the organisation.

Contact Pip Crook, Executive Officer, on 0427 342 230 via email.

Applications close:  Friday 17 October, 5pm
Corrigin Farm Improvement Group

Corrigin Farm Improvement Group - Group Coordinator


The Corrigin Farm Improvement Group is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Group Coordinator to manage general operations for the organisation.

Contact Danielle England on (08) 9881 5431 or via email.

Applications close:  Monday 20 October
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Training Opportunity

Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation


Wheatbelt NRM members and associates are invited to join a one day ‘Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation’ workshop. Topics include a broad introduction to monitoring and evaluation, reporting and improvement, with practical steps for developing a monitoring and evaluation plan.

Monitoring and evaluation is an important part of running projects and helps us improve the work that we do. It lets us know if we are on track, helps us properly direct our programs and then communicate the results to others.

Limited spaces available so 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:  Thursday 30 October
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Upcoming Events

Red Card Spring Shoot

Just a reminder that the second Red Card Shoot Weekend for spring is coming up shortly, with baiting and shooting targeting feral foxes and rabbits. To be involved please contact the Red Card Program Coordinator, Jacquie Lucas at or on 9670 3133.

When:  Friday 24 – 26 Sunday October 2014

CLICK HERE for more information on being involved.
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GardenWise Seminars

Beyond Gardens
A special series of events is coming to the Wheatbelt during October, presenting water-wise gardening techniques for both ornamental and fruit and vegetable growing.

CLICK HERE for more informaiton, or REGISTER to attend this FREE event.
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Funding
20 Million Trees

20 Million Trees Programme Grants – Round One


The 20 Million Trees Programme forms part of the National Landcare Programme and involves community in re-establishing native vegetation, providing habitats for threatened species, capturing carbon from the atmosphere and generally improving the liveability of Australian cities and towns.

Individuals, organisations and community groups are invited to apply for funding of between $20,000 and $100,000 to plant trees across Australia. This includes schools, landholders and conservation groups in urban, peri-urban and regional areas.

Applications close: Thursday 30 October 2014, 2.00pm AEDT

CLICK HERE for more information on applying.
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Landcare grants - CLOSING SOON

National Landcare Programme
Grants of between $5000 and $20,000 are available to help local groups enhance their natural resources and engage with their communities.

For further information, please contact Regional Landcare Facilitator Leigh Whisson via email or on 9670 3136.

Funding Round Closes: 20 October 2014, 2.00pm AEDT

CLICK HERE for further details.
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20 Million Trees

National Stronger Regions Fund - Round One


The National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) boosts social and economic development throughout regional Australia with its funding for priority infrastructure projects in communities.

Local government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for grants of between $20,000 and $10 million and for projects to be eligible they must be completed on or before 31 December 2019.

Applications close:   28 November 2014, 5pm AWST

CLICK HERE for more information, or contact RDA Wheatbelt, or call 9575 1888.
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