E-News Issue 234
Funding  |  Events  |  Sustainable Agriculture  |  Biodiversity   Aboriginal NRM  Sustainable Communities  |  Opportunity  |  Other News  |  Other Events  |  Other Funding  |  Donations 

What's the story with summer rain?

If someone asked you if it’s normal to get summer rain in the Wheatbelt, how would you respond?

According to Burea of Meteorology records, sporadic summer rainfall generated by tropical cyclone activity in the north has always been part of life in south-west Australia.

However, with similar flood conditions occurring in the region in early January 2016, and rainfall records showing a very general increase in the number of years with above average summer rainfall for south-western WA; some people are wondering if this a symptom of a changing climate.

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Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes

Up to $750 available to community groups and public organisations for activities that:

  • improve participation in the Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes program
  • support land holders participating in Red Card program
  • support community engagement activities centred on the Red Card program.

CLOSES: 2 March 2017   Read more online

Download the application form

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

Spring Sowing Crop Walk

For summer feed and crop production

Join us for a sundowner paddock walk to see how spring sown crop and pasture varieties are growing in our trial this summer.

Thursday 23 Febuary  |  3pm - 5pm  |  West Pingelly  |  Flyer

RSVP - Online or call Fiona Brayshaw on 0477 777 695 or email

Influencing On-farm Decisions

One day workshop for Agriculture advisors and project officers.

With Danielle England and Janelle South from Aginnovate.

Wednesday 22 February  |  9am - 4pm  |  Kellerberrin  |  Flyer

- Online or call Leigh Whisson on (058) 9670 3136 or email via

What's New in Ag Technology?

Half day forum in Northam where you can find out the latest from front runners in the Agriculture Technology field.

Tuesday 14 March  |  1pm - 6pm  |  Northam  |  Flyer

RSVP - Online or call Jo Wheeler on 0419 753 248 or email via

2017 Regional NRM / Landcare Forum

Presented by the State NRM Program via the Shires of Kent and Lake Grace.

Wednesday 1 March  |  8am - 5pm  |  Pingrup  |  Flyer

RSVP - Call Paul Leoni at the Shire of Kent, on 9829 1051, 0419 615 126,

Interested in using trees on your property?

Australian Master TreeGrower courses provide some of the skills, contacts and confidence to enable you to use trees and revegetation to meet your particular interests and circumstances. More information.

8 days over July to September  |  Northam  |  Flyer  |  $200 + gst

RSVP - to Richard Moore on 0429 926 731, or
Sustainable Agriculture

Nutrient Use Efficiency

This three-year program focuses on minimising the impact of fertiliser use on our river systems by working with farmers and industry to maximise nutrient-use efficiency within the catchment.

It is a collaborative project involving Wheatbelt NRM, Perth NRM, the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA and regional farming groups.
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Time for fox and rabbit baiting

Summer and autumn are important times to actively manage your feral animal populations to ensure foxes and cats aren’t targeting lambs, and to help protect native species.

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Aboriginal NRM

Bunuru - Noongar season

Bunuru is the Noongar season running from Febuary to March. It is the hottest time of the year with little to no rain and hot easterly and northerly winds.

"Bunuru is also a time of the white flowers with lots of white flowering gums in full bloom, including Jarrah, Marri and Ghost Gums. Another striking flower is the female Zamia (Macrozamia riedlei). The huge cones emerge from the centre of the plant with masses of a cotton wool like substance. As the hot, dry weather continues the seed on the cones change from green to bright red, indicating they’re ripening and becoming more attractive to animals, particularly the emu, that will eat the toxic fleshy outer."

Above text from: Kurongkurl Katitjin, Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research, Edith Cowan University.

Image of flowering Marri by Simon Neville.

Download - 2017 Noongar Bush Tucker Calendar (4.5MB)

Noongar Boodja Ranger Program

Wheatbelt NRM's Noongar Boodja Ranger program was established in 2014 and provides opportunities for unemployed Aboriginal youth to get back out on-country doing NRM work. 

Activities include re-vegetation with trees and shrubs, management of site of cultural significance, site preparation and reserve management. Plus, there is potential for the team’s skills and responsibilities to grow as the program develops further.
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Sustainable Communities

2016 AGM Video - Professor Ray Willis

Ray Willis from Future Smart Strategies has had a wide-ranging career as researcher, academic, planner, consultant, adviser, manager, executive, and futurist, brings diverse experience and an exceptional understanding of business, commerce and industry, the environment, policy and government, and sustainability. Since 2011, Ray has been internationally recognised as one of the Top 100 Global Leaders in Sustainability.

View Ray’s speech from last year’s AGM below.

View Ray's speech

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Image credit: Julie Anderton, entrant in our 2016 Youth Environment Photo Competition

Noongar Elders Advisory Group Membership

Wheatbelt NRM are seeking a committed community member to join our Noongar Elders Advisory Group.

The group of ten meets four times a year to discuss natural resource management issues, Aboriginal culture and values. It also offers advice to Wheatbelt NRM on current and future initiatives.

Closes: Friday 10 March 2017

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Other News
Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Muresk - Closes 10 Feb 2017
Breakthroughs in drought tolerant wheat

Feral cat campaigner wins award
Questagame - compete to save life on earth
Hollows make important homes for wildlife
Bat Night is coming up again - March to May 2017

Wild weather causes damage in Wheatbelt
Other Events
Visit our online event calendar to view other events occuring in our region.
Other Funding
Grower Group R&D Grants Program Rnd 2, Closes: 10 February 2017
Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects, Closes: 28 Feb 2017
Building Better Regions Fund Community Investments, Closes: 31 March 2017
State NRM's Community Capability Grants, Closes: 28 May 2017
Visit our website to view other funding available from other organisations here.
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