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E-News Issue 184
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Welcome back


2015 is the last year of our current organisational strategic plan.

We will spend the first couple of months reflecting on what we have achieved before we launch into developing our next strategic plan. The exciting thing is that because our NRM Regional Strategy (LINK) was published last year, we have a firm message from the community on the direction we should be taking.

Our 2015–2018 Strategic Plan will be the roadmap for the work Wheatbelt NRM intends to deliver to contribute to the NRM Regional Strategy.

The NRM Regional Strategy is bigger than us, so we will continue talking with the other players to keep aligned with what work should be done for the Wheatbelt environment. These other players include: Australian Government, Wheatbelt Development Commission, State Government Agencies, Greening Australia, World Wildlife Fund, Water Corporation, Friends of Groups, Grower Groups, Landcare Groups, all local business and everyone who is managing land in the Wheatbelt.

The last months of 2014 saw our funded projects really start to ‘hit straps’ and this will continue into 2015. It will be a solid year of getting on-ground work done.

Welcome to 2015.

Kind regards,
Wheatbelt NRM
News
Bencubbin sandalwood

Sweet scent of sandalwood at Bencubbin


Young, enthusiastic farmers like Bencubbin’s Jeananne and Chris Jack are like gold in the Wheatbelt.

They have already planted more than 90 hectares of sandalwood, with plans for a Wheatbelt NRM backed trial to determine if forage shrubs can be used as long-term hosts for sandalwood.

“We became interested in sandalwood plantations because of their ability to regenerate areas of the farm that were unprofitable to crop and prone to soil erosion if grazed,” Mr Jack said.

CLICK HERE and HERE to read more.
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Red Card

Red Card Partnership Opportunities


Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes helps protect Australia’s agriculture industry by reducing feral animal numbers, from Northampton to Esperance. It also protects native fauna and flora across the Wheatbelt - a globally unique biodiversity hotspot.

Partners are invited to sponsor local community events for Red Card. For $10,000, Red Card partners will receive:
  • naming rights for the event
  • media exposure in state and regional papers
  • opportunities to network with potential customers
  • a donation to Royal Flying Doctors Service (WA) in their name.
For more information, contact Red Card Central Coordinator Jacquie Lucas via email or on 9670 3113.
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Biodiversity
Biodiversity workshops

Biodiversity workshops


Biodiversity workshops are currenlty being planned for 2015. We're open to suggestions, so let us know what you want to learn about protecting biodiversity in the Wheatbelt. Contact Rachel Major via email or on 9670 3119.
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Red Card for Foxes

Red Card update - February 2015


Hot Baiting Period – 16 February to 13 April 2015
Food sources are becoming scarce for feral animals at the moment. And with hungry animals more likely to eat baits, it is a great time to get your baiting and trapping programs up and running! CLICK HERE for more information.

Red Card Community Fox Shoot – 20 to 22 February 2015
Foxes are more active at this time, there are fewer places to hide in bare paddocks and farmers are less flat out than usual. CLICK HERE to get involved.
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Sustainable Agriculture
Carbon Farming workshops

Carbon Farming Opportunities


Free, one-day workshops will be held across Western Australia between March and June 2015, exploring the business opportunities presented by the Carbon Farming Initiative and how farming enterprises could profit from the scheme.

Registrations open soon. Check out the calendar HERE to find workshops near you, or CLICK HERE to find out more.
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Earth Hour 2015

Earth Hour 2015 - Aussie food & farming


This year’s Earth Hour theme is ‘Aussie Food and Farming’ with a focus on celebrating and committing to protect our great Aussie food and farmers.

Australians have a lot to thank their farmers for – food that’s safe, healthy, fresh and delicious. But Aussie farms are on the frontline of global warming with many already experiencing rising temperatures and more extreme weather.

By switching off for Earth Hour on Saturday 28 March 2015, you can help bring this issue to light before it’s too late.

CLICK HERE and HERE for more details.
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Aboriginal NRM
SWALSC

Noongar Native Title negotiations


For the past five years the Noongar Negotiation Team and South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) have been working together to secure a negotiated settlement of all Noongar Native Title claims. These negotiations are now complete and the Noongar people will decide whether to accept or reject the negotiated settlement at Authorisation meetings in 2015.

2015 Schedule of Authorisation Meetings
Gnaala Karla Booja – Saturday 31 January
South West Boojarah – Saturday 14 February
Wagyl Kaip & Southern Noongar – Saturday 21 February
Yued – Saturday 7 March
Ballardong – Saturday 14 March
Whadjuk – Saturday 28 March
 
CLICK HERE and HERE for more important information.
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Job Opportunity
WNRM job opportunity

Aboriginal NRM Ranger Coordinator


An exciting opportunity exists to work with communities in the Wheatbelt to support participation in natural resource management (NRM).

The Project Delivery Officer Ranger Coordinator will provide leadership in Aboriginal engagement in NRM and support the implementation of NRM projects. This will include engagement of community, coordination of work teams and delivery of on-ground activities that build the Aboriginal community’s capacity to participate in NRM.

CLICK HERE for more information.
CLICK HERE for Role Description.
CLICK HERE for Selection Criteria.
CLICK HERE for Position Outcome Statement.

Or contact David Grasby via email or (08) 9670 3108.

Applications close: Wednesday 11 February 2015, by 4.00pm
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Sustainable Communities
Annual Community Survey

Help us assess the effectiveness of natural resource management in the Wheatbelt by completing our 2015 Annual Community Survey. You will go in the draw to win one of three great prizes!

CLICK HERE to download the flyer.

For more information, contact Survey Coordinator Jacquie Lucas via email or on 9670 3113. Or chat with your local CRC about taking part.
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Toodyay Farmers Market

Toodyay Farmers Market


Support local Wheatbelt farmers and agricultural producers at the new Toodyay Farmers Market starting in March 2015. The market will sell regionally grown produce and value-added goods every third Sunday of the month.

CLICK HERE or HERE to read more.
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Funding
Bushcare grants

Bushcare Grants


Biodiversity team members have been delivering fox traps and rabbit baiting stations to landholders across the Wheatbelt as part of the Bushcare Grants program.

These grants are available to landholders for projects that protect and improve existing native vegetation via fencing, revegetation works and feral animal control.

Keep your eyes open for the next round of Bushcare Grants which are set to open in February 2015. 

CLICK HERE for more information.
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Red Card Incentives

Red Card incentives - available now


Wheatbelt NRM is offering grants up to $750 for activities that aim to:
  • improve participation in the Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes Program
  • support landholders participating in the Red Card program
  • support community engagement activities centred on the Red Card Program.
Closing date: Monday 23 February 2015
CLICK HERE for more details.
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Aussie Farmer Foundation Grants


The Aussie Farmers Foundation assists charitable organisations that are working alongside local communities to boost their strengths and look at ways to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of rural and regional communities.

Closing date: Tuesday 3 February 2015
CLICK HERE for more details.
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Events

February 2015


CTF Machinery Investment Planning Workshop
Wednesday 11 February, Merredin
CLICK HERE or call Bindi Isbister on 9956 8532.

Facey Group Grain Marketing Workshop
Thursday 12 February, Wickepin
CLICK HERE

Sheep CRC/DAFWA RamSelect Workshop
Tuesday 17 February, Kulin
CLICK HERE

Kwinana East RSCN Meeting
Thursday 19 February, Mukinbudin
CLICK HERE or call Julianne Hill on 0447 261 607.
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