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E-News Issue 188
Biodiversity  |  Sustainable Agriculture  |  Aboriginal NRM  |  Water  |  Other News  |  Jobs  |  Funding & Loans  | Events  |  Donations

The Governor of WA's Wheatbelt visit


Wheatbelt NRM had the very great pleasure of welcoming Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia to Burlong Pool in Northam yesterday, where she met with the Noongar Elders Advisory Group who spoke with her about their role in guiding the cultural aspects of our natural resource management work.

Also present on the day were the Avon Valley Environrmental Society, the Shire of Northam's President Steve Pollard, the Wheatbelt NRM Ranger team and staff.

The Governor was on the homeward leg of her first official, four-day visit to the Wheatbelt region.

Kind regards,
Wheatbelt NRM
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Biodiversity
Traps to target Wheatbelt ferals

Traps to target Wheatbelt ferals


Landholders in the Wheatbelt are being encouraged to step up the campaign against feral animals by using cage traps on their properties.

Wheatbelt NRM is offering a six-month lease on traps in an effort to tackle the growing problem of foxes and feral cats.

According to Biodiversity Project Manager Anika Dent, “by giving landholders access to another tool to eradicate cats and foxes, they can help to improve their native bushland".

Anyone interested in leasing a cage trap can contact Anika on (08) 9670-3104.

Read more about the project here.
Scroll down to find out more about cage trap loans, or click HERE.
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Red Card Foxshoot update

Red Card – 20-22 March Foxshoot


Good luck for this weekend’s March Community Foxshoot, it should be a cracker! We have a total of 30 sites registered, which is up from only 17 back in February.

Updated results for February’s shoot are:
  • 2057 foxes
  • 1262 rabbits
  • 94 cats
  • 8 pigs
Rabbit numbers have dipped down a bit after last year's plague proportions in the northeast, and the pigs were shot up near Geraldton.


Sponsorship opportunities


Don't forget to let everyone know that Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes is seeking new partners for its hugely successful program for reducing feral animal numbers across southwest WA.
 
CLICK HERE to download the flyer.
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Sustainable Agriculture
Healthy rivers need healthy farming soils

Healthy rivers need healthy farming soils


Farmers are being encouraged to take a closer look at their farming practices as new analysis revealed their continued impact on the Avon and Swan Rivers.

According to Wheatbelt NRM’s Sustainability Program Manager Dr Guy Boggs, "there are plenty of ways we can improve our soil health, which in turn has a direct impact on the health of our local waterways”. It also has a direct impact on the long term profitability of our farms.

Read more HERE.
Scroll down to find out about applying for 'Healthy soils healthy rivers' funding.
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Sustainable Agriculture trials

Sustainable Agriculture Trial Sites – WANTED


Wheatbelt NRM is currently seeking several trial sites in the Avon River Basin.

Carbon planting trial sites  â€“ where mixed forage species can be planted for the purpose of carbon sequestration and grazing. (CLICK HERE)

Biodiverse agroforestry trial site – to demonstrate the direct seeding of a biodiverse mix of forage shrubs and shelter trees. (CLICK HERE).

For more information, contact Jo Wheeler on 9670 3121 or via email.
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Aboriginal NRM
Noongar Elders Advisory Group

Noongar Elders Advisory Group meeting


Wheatbelt NRM’s Noongar Elders Advisory Group recently met at Wyalkatchem for their quarterly meeting to provide advice on Wheatbelt NRM’s projects and processes. The group also visited Amery Acres near Dowerin to discuss a future partnership between the Elders and the Amery Acres Management Committee and assessed the site for its suitability as a Bushtucker trial site.

The Noongar Elders Advisory Group provides guidance on Wheatbelt NRM’s projects, with particular focus on places of cultural significance and providing cultural advice. Read more.
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Mawson Field Trip

Mawson Field trip


Wheatbelt NRM headed out to Nguna Morrt (near Mawson) recently to meet with Theo Michael – Elder and Aboriginal land manager – to discuss the potential for the site to grow bushtucker.

Bushtucker foods that are being considered for the site include: quandongs (dumbari) and bush potatoes (karnoo). The proposed bushtucker site builds on a previous Wheatbelt NRM Sustainable Agriculture revegetation project that planted various acacia species (wattles) as future host trees for sandalwood. Read more about that HERE.

The acacia are now ready to also be used as host trees for quandongs. Planting of the quandong seeds will take place in the next few months once the site receives sufficient rain.
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Water

Avon Basin water report


The Avon Basin is the largest river catchment in south-west Western Australia, measuring approximately 120,000 km2 in area.

A new report published by the Department of Water explores the current state of the Avon Basin and its waterways, looking into:
  • nutrient and sediment loads
  • water flows
  • land-use mapping
  • the impact of broad-acre farming
  • riparian zone vegetation.
The report was partially funded by the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Program through the Swan River Trust’s Swan Canning Water Quality Improvement Plan project.

Wheatbelt NRM’s Dr Elizabeth Kington and Matt Giraudo were consulted for this publication.

Importantly, this modelling has validated the acheivements in river health that our work in the Avon Basin can deliver with fencing and revegation.

Read the report HERE and HERE.
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Other News
Local invention improves paddock water use

Local invention improves paddock water use


FIELD tests indicate that the WA-invented 'Wesley Wheel' could improve water conservation in farm fields. More.
 
Wheat response to climate change

Wheat response to climate change


Scientists at the University of Western Australia say they have uncovered how wheat will respond to potential climate changes. More.
Wheatbelt silos to get facelift

Wheatbelt silos to get facelift


Internationally renowned urban artists will be painting Wheatbelt silos as part of a statewide public art project, thanks to the CBH Group and FORM, a not-for-profit cultural organisation. More.
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Job Opportunities
Wheatbelt NRM

Project Manager Biodiversity: 

$75,750 – $87,017
 

Project Delivery Officer Biodiversity:   

$65,924 - $77,090

Contract duration: Fixed Term Contracts to 30 June 2016
Full time positions, based in Northam
 
Two exciting opportunities exist within the Biodiversity team to work with Wheatbelt communities to support participation in natural resource management.

The positions will provide leadership in community engagement to support the implementation of biodiversity conservation projects, including community engagement, work planning, innovation and delivery of on-ground activities that build the community’s capacity to participate in biodiversity conservation.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Applications close:  Friday 27 March 2015, 4pm
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Funding  |  Loans
Healthy soils, healthy rivers
Wheatbelt NRM, Swan River Trust and Perth Region NRM are offering funding to community groups and landholders for improved nutrient management. Projects in the Wheatbelt NRM region should be located in the Mortlock, Dale and Avon sub-catchments.

Projects must either be Broadacre Cropping/Grazing Soil Nutrient Management, OR, Irrigated Agriculture Nutrient Management Advisory Services.

Up to $2,500 is available for:
  • baseline and follow-up soil nutrient testing
  • increased understanding and application of soil testing results
  • adoption of soil and nutrient management practices.
Additional funding up to $7,500 is also available for fencing and/or revegetation of waterways for nutrient management.

CLICK HERE for more information, including guidelines and application forms.

Funding closes: Monday 30 March 2015
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Cage Trap loans
Wheatbelt NRM will be loaning cage traps to landholders in the Avon River Basin to look after bushland, on or near their properties. These traps are suitable for trapping both cats and foxes. Read MORE.
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Community Grants Scheme


The Community Grants Scheme (CGS) supports small scale community projects that improve the management of waste in Western Australia.

Round One for 2015 is now open and community based groups including local interest groups and environmental groups are encouraged to apply for support. Read more.

Applications close:  2 April 2015
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Events
Soils test interpretation workshop

Soil test interpretation workshop


Join renowned nutrition consultant Wayne Pluske (Equii Pty Ltd.) as he discusses soil test interpretation and demonstrates how to assess and critically interpret soil test data.

Funded by Department of Agriculture’s ‘Action on the Ground – the economies of managing soil organic carbon program’ and GRDC, and co-delivered with Wheatbelt NRM.

When: 31 March 2015
Time: 9am – 12pm
Cost: FREE
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2015 State NRM Conference

2015 State NRM Conference


The 2015 State NRM Conference is coming this September and NRM WA are seeking your feedback to make sure the event meets your needs!

The Conference aims to meet the needs of everyone involved in natural resource management in WA including members of: volunteer groups, environmental organisations, government agencies, local government and education institutions.

Let NRM WA know what you’d like to see at the conference by completing the pre-conference survey HERE, by Friday 27 March 2015.

What: 2015 State NRM Conference
When: 21-23 September 2015
Where: Mandurah WA
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Talkin' Soil Health - SAVE THE DATE!


WA’s Wheatbelt is coming together to celebrate International Year of Soils, with Natural Resource Management groups across regional Western Australia joining forces to bring you the 2015 Talkin’ Soil Health conference.

When: 10-11 September 2015
Where: Kojonup, WA
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CBH Group 2015 Grower Roadshow
Monday 23 - 25 March, various Wheatbelt locations
Download flyer HERE.

GGA Regional Meeting
Monday 23 March, Lake King
Contact rwallis@gga.org.au

National Stronger Regions Fund Information Sessions
Monday 23 March, Narrogin & Northam
Tuesday 24 March, Merredin & Moora
DOWNLOAD the flyer.

CFI Business Awareness Workshop
Tuesday 24 March, Merredin
Thursday 26 March, Narrogin
Contact nilay.gencturk@kondinin.com.au

GRDC Farm Business Updates
Wednesday 25 March, Merredin
Contact gavin.beever@orm.com.au

Lakes Grower Group Crop Updates
Wednesday 25 March, Lake King
Read more.

Ag Excellence Alliance Annual Forum
30 & 31 March, Adelaide
Read more.

DAFWA Soil Test Interpretation Workshop
Tuesday 31 March, Dalwallinu
Contact liam.ryan@agric.wa.gov.au
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