E-News Issue 231
Funding  |  Sustainable Agriculture  |  Biodiversity   Aboriginal NRM  Sustainable Communities  |  Climate  |  Other News  |  Other Events  |  Other Funding  |  Donations 

Wheatbelt's future shaped by climate change

A drop in crop yields and the extinction of the Western mouse by 2070 are just two of the predicted impacts of climate change in the Wheatbelt.

The forecast comes from a new website that has collected information from the country’s leading scientific agencies, including data specific to the region from CSIRO, University of WA, Bureau of Meteorology and Department of Agriculture and Food WA.

The Climate Change Portal has been developed by Wheatbelt NRM with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
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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

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 update

Deep ripping after liming gives best yield results in Merredin

Harvest results from a Wheatbelt NRM funded liming and deep ripping trial in Merredin have shown that deep ripping after lime application had the highest yield increases.

The trial conducted by MADFIG and Joel Andrew (Map IQ) also indicated that locally sourced lime may be a viable alternative to more expensive coastal limes.

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Looking for potential markets for Ag waste

DAFWA is looking to identify potential alternative markets for waste products (e.g. straw, horticultural or animal waste) and is seeking information on volumes produced and any current use and value.

Analysis of the information gathered will help guide future bioenergy project investment decisions.

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Trapping feral animals in bushland remnants

The latest factsheet from the Biodiversity team helps explain to landholders how to control feral pests, like foxes and cats, using cage traps in native remnant bushland on their property.

[File size = 2.6MB]
Download the factsheet

Aussie Native Plant Guide app

All the information you need on native Aussie flora, based on the industry respected book and desktop application ‘The Australian Native Plant Guide’ by Dr Peter Yau and Tim Langdon.


Partner wanted for new cat bait

The Department of the Environment and Energy is seeking a partner to commercialise a humane new bait to help fight extinction of Aussie wildlife by tackling feral cats.

Aboriginal NRM

2017 Bush Tucker Calendar

We are excited to announce that the theme for this year’s 2017 calendar is Noongar Bush Tucker!

The calendar showcases twelve bush tucker plant species that were traditionally used by Ballardong Noongar people in the Wheatbelt region.

Pictured above is the Blood Root, which the Ballardong Noongar people call Kwordiny. It is an edible bulb that tastes sweet when roasted.

The calendar features quality photos throughout and will be posted to all members of the Aboriginal Elders Advisory Group and Wheatbelt NRM out this December.

Keep an eye on your letterbox!

Marany (food)


Djilgies, they were lovely. All year around. Dig them out of their hole. Get a basket. Same as you catch crayfish. Put some meat – kangaroo or rabbit, whatever meat was available – in the cage, put it in the water, come back and pull it out. Half a dozen or more in there. Same as catching marron.

– Mervyn Abraham


[Extract from ‘Koompkinning: The Pumphrey’s Bridge Storybook’, p 8]

[Photo by David Morgan]

'Noongar Bush Medicine'

Authors Vivienne Hansen and John Horsfall present many of the medicinal plants of the Noongar people in this new book, helping preserve the traditional knowledge of Elders and traditional healers for future generations.

Sustainable Communities

Christmas newsletter - coming soon!

Our next newsletter will be a bumper issue, featuring:
  • Carbon Planning Tool
  • 2016 Dashboard update
  • Intensive soil testing to depth following liming
  • Making sense of agriculture apps and tools
  • Capturing the Wheatbelt
  • Tarin Rock BioBlitz
  • Know your Gastrolobium
  • Creating a sustainable Wheatbelt
  • 'Koopkinning: The Pumphrey’s Bridge Storybook'
  • Nutsiya floribunda
Coming to your letterbox this December!
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Love our Aussie Land

Landcare Australia are looking for dedicated Australians who will pledge to take action for our beautiful and unique Australian environment before it’s too late.

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Innovative tools for mapping and modelling species distributions

The Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) is an amazing new resource for simplifying the process of biodiversity-climate change modelling.

It utilises supercomputers to model the potential changes in species distribution in response to climate change scenarios and can access world-wide datasets to incorporate hundreds of species, models and climate variables.

Read more!
CLICK HERE to read more!
Other News

NRM headlines...

Livestock feed options for frost damaged cereal crops
Pack of dogs attack a man while fencing on a farm in Western Australia
Mud cakes aplenty as World Soil Day is celebrated
Farmer survey reveals concern, shifting attitudes on climate change

Endangered rock wallabies making a comeback in Kalbarri NP
How a magpie and a dog became best friends in WA's Wheatbelt
National parks are vital for protecting Australia’s endangered plants
World-first WA model tips deadly plant pathogen to spread globally

DFES new alerts and warnings website

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

Australian Plague Locusts - 2016 Assistance Scheme

Help is available for landholders for controlling populations of locusts and protecting their assets thanks to the Australian Government.

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.

Closes: 31 December 2017   |   Guidelines and application details


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

Closes: 29 May 2017

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: 23 January 2017

Visit our website to view other funding available from other organisations here.
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