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E-News Issue 220
Breaking News  |  Funding  |  Events   Sustainable Agriculture  |  Biodiversity   Aboriginal NRM  Sustainable Communities  |  Other News  |  Other Events  |  Other Funding  |  Donations 

Youth snapshot of the Wheatbelt

Charlie Sprigg was one of three winners from Wheatbelt NRM’s Youth Environment Photo Competition last year.

The Mukinbudin High School student photographed crop growing on her Bonnie Rock farm, in the north eastern Wheatbelt.

Charlile is encouraging photographers under 35 years old to get out their cameras and take part in this year's competition, which closes in a month.

“You don’t have to wander too far from home to find some fantastic photo opportunities,” said Charlie Sprigg said.

Entries close on Friday, 5th August 2016.

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Breaking News
Wheatbelt NRM is super excited about the new program from the Department of Water and Royalties for Regions, 'Watering WA' which will ensure regional towns and businesses continue to thrive and expand by securing regional water supplies and building healthy, sustainable environments.

It is WA's biggest ever investment in regional community non-drinking water projects and involves five central strategies:

Harvest storm water  |  Store water  |  Reuse town water  |  Build water infrastructure  |  Rehabilitate Avon waterways
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Funding
Wheatbelt NRM was among the 61 successful recipients of the recent NRM Community Capability Grants, receiving $258,000 towards projects that will benefit the region's environment. 

The round is worth $8.34 million in funding over two and a half years, thanks to a $7.12 million investment from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
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Supporing widespread adoption of palatable shrubs for livestock grazing and/or sandalwood plantations. 

Successful applicants receive up to $2500 towards seedling expenses as well as the support of technical experts and peer mentors.
 

Applications extended to: Monday 18 July 2016

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Help protect the Wheatbelt's native wildlife by controlling feral animals on your property.

We currently have cage traps available for six month loans to catch feral cats and foxes. One cage per application. Plus, we have funding of up to $1,500 for three year baiting programs. Conditions apply.

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Events
  • Find out what’s involved in establishing perennials shrubs and grasses.
  • Work through aligning your sheep production targets with feed supply.
  • Create a personalised implementation and trial plan for part of your farm.
  • Discuss management options to make sure you get the profit.
Hear from: Local farmers who are currently adopting these practices. Plus, Phil Barrett-Lennard (Agvivo), Dean Revell (Revell Science), and Rabo Bank.
 

Merredin  |  Tuesday 26 July  |   9.00am–3.00pm  |  $20  |  Download flyer

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Looking at setting up Controlled Traffic Systems to deal with soil compaction, manage morrel soils and incorporate soil ameliorants.

Hear from:  Paul Blackwell (DAFWA), Dave Hall, Ed Barrett-Lennard (DAFWA), and Matt McNee (WANTFA).
 

Beacon  |  Wednesday 3 August 2016  |  9am onwards  |  Download flyer

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Sustainable Agriculture

Perennials for Profit update

Marty McLean’s recently purchased farm in Wickepin is part of the Perennials for Profit program. He has several saline, waterlogged paddocks that have some areas that are not good for cropping. He has decided to improve the paddocks by developing a forage shrub grazing system for additional grazing.

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Making Sense of Soils


The Making Sense of Soils ‘in the paddock’ field day held at UWA’s Future Farm in Pingelly was a great success with the latest in decision support tools and weather station information available.
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Trials & Demonstrations Update


Comparing Different Soil Amelioration Techniques to Improve Subsoil Acidity

First year results in this trial at Bruce Rock have shown some interesting outcomes on how best to incorporate lime to improve yield.
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Biodiversity

How to plant your new seedlings

Now that the rain has arrived, it’s time to get planting. By following a few simple rules you will increase the success of your tree planting and ensure good survival rates.

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Be aware of Dieback in the Wheatbelt


While much of the Wheatbelt is at low risk of Dieback (Phytophthora) due to drier soil conditions, the pathogen has been found in western and southern parts of the region. The most common way of spreading Dieback is by movement of soil on vehicles, equipment or shoes, so please be especially careful of hygiene when moving between sites.
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Aboriginal NRM

Aboriginal Elders Advisory Group meetup


The most recent Aboriginal Elders Advisory Group meeting was held at the Men of the Trees nursery where traditional bush tucker plants such as bush potatoes are being successfully propagated.
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Caring for Country with Janet Collard

Join Ballardong Noongar Elder Janet Collard as she reflects on growing up ‘on country’ in Beverley, WA and recalls stories from that time.

Janet's interview is featured on the Mooditj Boodjar website which has many great stories from the Wheatbelt Aboriginal community, on cultural heritage, sustainable agriculture, plants, water, fire, animals, feral animals and weeds.

[Warning: 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are advised that this website may contain images and voices of deceased persons.]

Watch the interview
Visit the Mooditj Boodjar website
Social media meme designed by the talented Judd Stead, Nyungar Budjar Carer Trainee with the Aboriginal NRM team.

Judd also featured on Triple J's Unearthed program during this year's NAIDOC week, under his alias 'Steady' one of 'five new Indigenous artists that you need to hear'. The program finds and promotes hidden talent in regional Australia and has kickstarted the careers of thousands of musicians. Well done Judd!
Listen to 'I Dream About' by Steady (Judd)
Sustainable Communities

Feral Photos Competition 2106

Lights, camera, action on ferals!

The 2016 Invasive Animals CRC photography competition encourages all Australians to get out and see what’s happening in the environment and photograph pest animals and the damage they cause. This year a ‘best footage’ category has also been added.

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Other News

NRM headlines...


Have your say on Australia’s biosecurity arrangements...
Sheep take sting out of frost...
Soil Solutions to Climate Problems...
Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production...
New Surveillance and Detection Plan for Invasive Species in WA...
Early plantings prompt disease warning...

WANTFA welcomes newest board member...

ABC Landline: Wild dog bait...
Rock wallabies return...
Scientists need your help: Identify species with Zooniverse...
Mammal species driven to extinction by human-triggered climate change...
Boosting rabbit biocontrol: RHDV K5 national release...

Bush Tucker Plants for your Home Garden...
DPaW: ‘On a Wing and a Prayer: The story of a Carnaby's cockatoo family’...
DPaW: ‘Geology of Western Australia's National Parks’

Nominations open for waste and recycling awards...

Just Another Day in WA
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