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E-News Issue 181
Tree planting at Quellington

National Landcare Survey


Wheatbelt NRM will soon be surveying Landcare and Grower Groups in the Wheatbelt region on behalf of the Australian Government.

The National Landcare Survey will help the government to develop a current ‘snapshot’ of the Landcare movement in Australia, by collecting details about emerging issues in sustainable agriculture and environmental practices and determining the Landcare community’s needs as a whole. This information will then help inform the design of the National Landcare Programme.
 

Definition of Landcare


Landcare is defined as being a movement of individuals and groups that focus on environmental management in a local area. It includes: Landcare, Coastcare, Bushcare, Dunecare, Rivercare, ‘Friends of’ groups, sustainable agriculture practices, natural resource management, Junior Landcare (including day care centres, primary and secondary schools, youth groups, scout groups, etc.), Urban Landcare and Indigenous Landcare.
 

Our role


Wheatbelt NRM has been asked to survey one representative from each of the Landcare organisations and Grower Groups in the Wheatbelt region, listed HERE.

If your group is missing, please contact Leigh Whisson, Regional Landcare Facilitator at lwhisson@wheatbeltnrm.org.au or on (08) 9670 3136.

CLICK HERE for an introductory letter from the Australian Government.

Surveys will be sent out by 15 November with responses due in early December 2014.

Kind regards,
Wheatbelt NRM
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2014 Annual Report

Wheatbelt NRM 2014 Annual Report


Our 2014 Annual Report is now available for download from the website. Please CLICK HERE.
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Grains Industry Strategic Plan

Grains Industry Draft Strategic Plan


A draft strategy aimed at doubling the value of WA’s grain industry over the next decade has been released by the Grains Industry of WA. The strategy was initiated by the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA and developed through a six month series of industry workshops, individual meetings with growers, organisations and companies.

CLICK HERE for WA Grains Industry Strategy 2025+
CLICK HERE for Commodity Specific Strategies

Feedback and comments closes: Friday 30 January 2015

For further reading, click HERE, HERE and HERE.
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MyPestGuide App

Sheep Industry Business Innovation Project


DAFWA has commenced a $10 million Sheep Industry Business Innovation Project supporting the sheep industry to capitalise on growing markets for sheep products, especially meat. The four year project is supported by State Government Royalties for Regions funds and is part of the Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative.

CLICK HERE for more information.
Blueprint for the future

Blueprint for the future


The Wentworth Group's Blueprint for a Healthy Environment and Productive Economy presents transformative, long-term economic and institutional reforms to help create a future where it is possible to grow the economy and protect the environment.

CLICK HERE for more information.
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Wild dog survey

Wild Dog Survey


The National Wild Dog Action Plan aims to provide a well-coordinated, well-resourced and focused national and cross-industry response to the problem of wild dog predation. Your help is needed to help map the current investment in wild dog management across Australia via the Wild Dog Survey.

Survey closes: Friday 14 November 2014

CLICK HERE to read the Wild Dog Action Plan.
CLICK HERE to complete the survey online.
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UWA researcher wins awards

UWA researcher wins award


Professor Ryan Lister from the University of Western Australia has won the 2014 Prime Minister's prize for science, for his work into determining how genes turn on and off. His work could potentially benefit farmers by helping plants to better adapt to harsh conditions like drought.

CLICK HERE to read more.
Blueprint for the future

Salt-tolerant spuds


A pioneering Dutch team is experimenting with plants that can be watered with diluted sea water.

The team recently won the prestigious USAid grand challenge award for their salt-tolerant potato.

“We don’t see salination as a problem, we see it as an opportunity,” said Dr Arjen de Vos.

CLICK HERE to read more.
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Toodyay Soils workshop

Healthy soils, healthy profits


Wheatbelt NRM’s recent ‘Healthy soils, healthy profits’ workshop held at Toodyay examined the importance of soil carbon and soil biology, the role of microbes and minerals in soil, and the advantages of marketing produce as ‘clean and green’. Activities included microscopic examinations of soil samples and practical workshops on handling in-paddock tools to better understand plants’ needs. The workshop was held at the Coorinja Winery in Toodyay.
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Wheatbelt Business Network

Wheatbelt Business Network expands


The Wheatbelt Business Network (WBN) is expanding to include another nine new local governments.

The not-for-profit association provides free information to small businesses and holds regular professional networking events. It aims to be a voice for Wheatbelt businesses at state and national levels.

CLICK HERE for more information.
Wheatbelt Local blog

Wheatbelt Local


A new blog has been launched to connect, inspire and assist Wheatbelt residents. It is written for locals, by locals and covers current affairs, events, healthy tips, agricultural advice, inspirational stories, photos and things to do.

CLICK HERE to get involved.
CLICK HERE to have a read.
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Diversity Era

Diversity Era


The Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) has developed free online training – Diversity Era – to bring the experts to you, increase understanding of herbicide resistance and achieve ‘more crop, less weeds’ through diversity.

CLICK HERE for more information.
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east of Cunderdin

Battling weeds


A Western Australian grain grower has successfully moved from stubble burning to concentrating harvest weed seeds into a single wheel track for treatment. CLICK HERE to read more.

Southern Wheatbelt grain growers are adopting narrow windrow burning to help minimise long-term weed burdens. CLICK HERE to read more.

And an aquatic herbicide that stimulates weed germination and prevents the production of carotenoids is being tested in York, WA. CLICK HERE for more information.
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Job opportunity
State Biosecurity Forum

Grower Group Alliance - Project Officer


A passionate, motivated Project Officer is sought by the Grower Group Alliance (GGA) to work in building relationships, supporting extension delivery and leading communications within the WA agricultural industry. The role is based within the Grains Industry Association of WA (GIWA).

For further information, contact Susan Hall via email or on 0400 889 036.

CLICK HERE for position description and selection criteria.

Applications close: Friday 21 November 2014
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Request for Quote
State Biosecurity Forum

Request for Quote
Coordinated Predator Control in the Kellerberrin and Quairading area


 
REQUEST NUMBER: CPC01
CLOSING DATE: Monday 17 November 2014, 16:30PM (WST)
ISSUED BY: Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management Incorporated

Rabbits, cats and foxes pose a significant threat to many native species, through competition for resources, predation and supporting topline predator populations. 

A carefully prescribed control program for vertebrate pests on private property is being run concurrently with the Department of Parks and Wildlife feral control program, taking place on public land. This work is required to reduce the impact of these vertebrate pests on three populations of threatened species.

Wheatbelt NRM is seeking submissions from suitably qualified and experienced consultants to carry out coordinated feral animal control on private property surrounding three identified Threatened Species habitat locations in the Kellerberrin and Quairading areas. 

For the full scope of works and conditions please visit www.wheatbeltnrm.org.au/cpc

For more information please contact Rowan Hegglun, Program Manager Biodiversity on 9670 3101 or email rhegglun@wheatbeltnrm.org.au 
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Events
Regional Wellbeing Survey

2014 AAAC Outlook Day


The 2014 Australian Association of Agricultural Consultants (AAAC) Outlook Day will cover: corporate investment in Kununurra; global fertiliser; and field robotics on the farm. Grower group staff can access a $150 GGA subsidy to attend. Contact Rebecca Wallis on email or phone 6180 5759.

When: Friday 28 November 2014
Where: Hyatt Regency, Perth

CLICK HERE to register.

For more information, contact Donna Sykes via email or phone 1800 644 855.
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State Biosecurity Forum

2014 State Biosecurity Forum


Registrations are open for the 2014 State Biosecurity Forum where leading experts will discuss solutions for the biosecurity issues facing industry and communities.

CLICK HERE for more information.
CLICK HERE to register, or contact Amanda Page at DAFWA via email or on (08) 9363 4035.

When: Thursday 4 December 2014
Where: Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle
Cost: $150 each ($75 students), lunch and refreshments included
Registrations close: Wednesday 26 November 2014
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State Biosecurity Forum

Avongro Incorporated - 2014 AGM


TOPIC - 'Farming into the 21st Century and Beyond': Principles to ensure we are farming for the next millenium, with guest speaker Chris Ferreira. Lunch provided.

When: Thursday 4 December 2014, 11am
Where: DAFWA, Northam, Conference Room 2

RSVP: Monday 1 December 2014, to Rosanne Scott on 0458 015 361.

DOWNLOAD the flyer HERE.
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