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E-News Issue 230
Funding  |  Events  |  Sustainable Agriculture  |  Biodiversity   Aboriginal NRM  Sustainable Communities  |  Climate  |  Job Opportunities  |  Other News  |  Other Events  |  Other Funding  |  Donations 

Living Lakes to enhance Wheatbelt

Wheatbelt NRM is delighted to announce that Royalties for Regions funding has been successfully obtained for the upgrade of two Wheatbelt lakes – Yealering and Ewlyamartup. 

Lake Yealering is an important wetland of Australia on the edge of the Yealering township 219 km from Perth, while Lake Ewlyamartup is just out of Katanning 300 km from Perth.

As part of the ‘Living Lakes’ project, Lake Yealering and Lake Ewlyamartup will be enhanced to improve water quality and to create permanent and accessible water bodies for the enjoyment of local communities and tourists.

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Funding

Consider Community Feral Control funding to help protect your new seedlings against feral rabbits. The funding can also help with protecting native wildlife from feral cats and foxes.

Apply online
Events

An Environmental Afternoon


Featuring Peter Weatherly from the Avon Valley Environmental Society, Robert Pearce and Trevor Moffat. Topics covered will include: the history of the Avon River, Diversity in the Avon River Pools, Memories of the town pool in York. Brought to you by the River Conservation Society of York. This event is supported by Wheatbelt NRM through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.

RSVP: Ring Audrey on 9641 1428 or 0418 378 446.

Sat 26 November 2016  |  1:30pm  |  Avon Terrace, York
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Donations

CBH - Grain Donations Bin

Wheatbelt NRM is a not-for-profit, community organisation primarily funded by state and federal government programs.

We also seek additional funding to help implement projects not covered by these traditional sources of income, such as tackling the local issues prioritised in our Regional NRM Strategy for the Avon River Basin.

This year we are seeking small allotments of grain donations from Wheatbelt growers to help find this additional funding.

Please consider donating to Wheatbelt NRM any small tonnages of grain leftover after allotting commitments from harvest, to help us help our region’s environment.

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Sustainable Agriculture

Trials & Demonstrations


Spring sowing of winter crops in Wheatbelt for animal & crop production

This project aims to determine if winter type crops can be seeded in the WA Wheatbelt in spring, if there are viable grazing opportunities and harvestable grain for these winter types, and whether leguminous summer crops sown in spring can provide benefits for the following autumn sown crop apart from grazing.

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Australian Plague Locusts update

The threat of Australian Plague Locusts has been downgraded for the eastern Wheatbelt and southern agricultural regions, due to cold and wet conditions.

Some loose swarms are still expected to form in localised areas.

IMAGE: Yilgarn APL egg bed and emerging hoppers, DAFWA (C) 2016

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Farmers for Climate Change Action


Farmers are on the frontline of climate change in Australia, facing rising temperatures, less rainfall and more extreme weather. But they can also be part of the solution.

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Biodiversity

NEW! Hotspot Heroes books now online


Wheatbelt NRM is collaborating with Enviro-Stories to work with 10 schools in our region, to write a Biodiversity-themed short story focusing on local threatened species and what can be done to save them from extinction.

Most recently we’ve been working with students from Hyden Primary School, Avondale Primary School, Pingrup Primary School and Narembeen District High School.

The books focus on reducing threats to Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) listed species and the students worked really hard to write and illustrate the books themselves.

Stay tuned for interactive version of the books coming soon online!
Check out the new books!

Rainbow Bee-eater

The Rainbow Bee-eater is the only member of the bird family Meropidae to be found in Australia. 

It is a striking bird with green, blue, chestnut and yellow plumage. It is medium in size and has a long slim curved bill with distinctive tail streamers.

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Aboriginal NRM

Bilya (river)

The Noongar name for around Pumphrey’s Bridge is Koompkinning — it means plenty of water. The water used to be fresh in those days. Fresh water for drinking, you could drink it, have a cup of tea out of it, wash in it. It’s completely different now. It should be alright when it’s raining, running water, it’s pretty good. But when it stops, that’s when the salinity comes into it. It’s brackish now, gone all brackish.

[Extract from ‘Koompkinning: The Pumphrey’s Bridge Storybook’, p 3]

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Sustainable Communities

Our Work with Community


Our latest video highlighting community action with Wheatbelt NRM to enhance and protect bushland and endangered species in the region, as well as farmers’ approaches to nutrient management.
Watch the video

2016 Moorditj Boodjar Environmental Awards for Students


Wheatbelt NRM offers the Moorditj Boodjar Environmental Award for Students annually to primary and secondary schools throughout the Avon River Basin with winners receiving a hardcover copy of Wildlife in Australia and a ‘Certificate of Merit’ presented by a member of the Wheatbelt NRM team.
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Climate

Climate change and our threatened fauna

Climate change is likely to be a major contributor to biodiversity loss in the Wheatbelt. Species that have specialised requirements or a restricted habitat are most vulnerable to extinction.

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Climate change: Impacts & Adaption for Agriculture in Western Australia

DAFWA is actively working to reduce the vulnerability of the agricultural sector to climate variability and change and to increase the sector’s adaptive capacity.

This bulletin from DAFWA reviews the latest scientific information relating to climate change and agriculture in Western Australia (WA).
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Job Opportunities

Program Coordinator Earth Assist – Conservation Volunteers

Perth, WA, Full-time

Conservation Volunteers is Australia and New Zealand’s largest practical conservation organization and they need someone with knowledge and experience in project coordination and management, qualifications in Conservation and Land Management and Secondary Teaching, confidence in making presentations to individuals and groups.

Closes: 27 November 2016   |   READ MORE

Executive Officer - Grower Group Alliance

South Perth, WA, Full-time

Grower Group Alliance (GGA) is seeking a passionate, motivated Executive Officer to provide leadership in supplying support services to enhance the role of grower groups within the WA agricultural industry.

Closes: 2 December 2016   |   READ MORE

Project Communications Officer - Grains Industry WA

Perth, WA, Full-time

This role will plan and implement timely, efficient and informed communications to help attract, up-skill and employ people in the grains industry in WA. Emphasis on project activities that attract potential employees into the industry via Careers in Grains campaign.

Closes: 4 December 2016   |   READ MORE

Research Agronomist & Coordinator - Liebe Group

Dalwallinu, WA, Full-time

The Liebe Group are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Research Agronomist and Coordinator to coordinating research and development in the Wheatbelt. 

Closes: 9 December 2016  |   READ MORE

Grains & Research Technical Officers - DAFWA

Various locations, WA

DAFWA is establishing a pool of Technical Officers from entry level to senior to provide key support to innovative research projects. Positions are anticipated to arise in the Grains Research and Development Transformation directorate.

Closes: 12 December 2016   |   READ MORE

Other News

NRM headlines...


NRInfo - Mapping tool to promote sustainable resource use in WA (DAFWA)
Harvesting a frosted crop (DAFWA)
Future Directions for DAFWA
Pledge to do more to fight frosts
Producing more food with fewer resources
The value of regional tourism in Australian agriculture
Meet the winners at the ABC Rural Farmer of the Year awards

Agriculture victim of and solution to climate change
Global Seed Vault: WA seeds to be sent to Norwegian 'Doomsday Vault'
Wild dog action plan to protect and grow industry
Wild Dog Action Plan (3.3 MB)

WA Parks Foundation – Connecting people to parks
On the trail of the wedge-tailed eagle in WA
Help save Perth’s Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo

Sharing Elders’ traditional weather knowledge on the web

Living in the Regions 2016 Survey
Other Events

The Future of Community-based NRM in WA

Landcare and natural resource management (NRM) groups in Western Australia have worked hard for over 20 years to address local challenges such as salinity, weeds, invasive species, water quality, and biodiversity loss. 

But the future of Landcare and NRM could be in question due to limited certainty regarding funding and policy from government.

In response, the Conservation Council of WA and the WA Landcare Network (WALN) are presenting a forum to discuss the issues and hear from experts and stakeholders on the challenges Landcare and NRM face in the lead up to the March 2017 State Election.

Monday 28 November, 5:30pm - 7:30pm  |  West Perth

RSVP – Carolyn on (08) 9420 7266 or via conswa@ccwa.org.au

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Visit our online event calendar to view other events occuring in our region.
Other Funding

Australian Plague Locusts - 2016 Assistance Scheme

Help is now available from the Australian Government to support landholders in controlling populations of locusts and protecting their assets. Nine shires in Western Australia have been identified as having an increased risk of APL activity in spring/summer 2016, including several in the Wheatbelt.

The scheme will be available for control activities up to 31 December 2016 and applications can be made up to 31 January 2017 via the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA.

Eligible shires has been expanded to include: Merredin, Kellerberrin, Bruce Rock, Corrigan, Kent, Katanning, Gnowangerup, Mount Marshall, Trayning, Narembeen, Kondinin, Dumbleyung, Ravensthorpe, Jerramungup, Lake Grace, Kulin, Yilgarn, Westonia, Mukinbudin and Nungarin.

Remember to use DAFWA’s free PestFax Reporter app to report locust activity.

Guidelines and application details

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State NRM's Community Capability Grants 


For smaller community environmental projects between $1,000 and $10,000, which can be implemented over the next year.

For assistance and advice, please contact Regional Landcare Faciliator Leigh Whisson on (08) 9670 3136 or via lwhisson@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Closes: 29 May 2017

Click here to apply

Rural Research & Development Profit Round 3

Up to $30 million in funding is available for cutting edge research to boost productivity and returns across the agricultural, fishery and forestry industries.

Eligible projects will need to address: technology; biosecurity; soil, water and natural resource management; and/or adoption of R&D. 

Closes: 6 December 2016

Click here to apply

Pest animal and weed control tools and technologies

The Australian Government is running a competitive grants programme to develop chemical, biological or physical control tools or technologies for managing pest animals and/or weeds not native to Australia or a particular part of Australia.

Closes: Monday 23 January 2017
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Visit our website to view other funding available from other organisations here.
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