September-October 2016
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Welcome to the September-October 2016 edition of the Rangelands NRM eNews.

We've been busy facilitating a number of meetings to bring stakeholder groups together to discuss collaborative work. The first was for the Kimberley's Fitzroy River catchment and the second the first meeting of the Adaptive Management Partnership for the Great Victoria Desert. An Innovation Conference was also held for Goldfields pastoralists as a first step to facilitate a regional approach to land management, with some great two-way exchange of expertise and knowledge.

The Jigalong Women Rangers have had two successful trips out on-country which have enable transfer of knowledge from elders to the younger generation.

Great results have been achieved in detecting the invasive rubber vine in the Willare region of the Kimberley using aerial searching, crowdsourcing and on-ground methods.

In the Pilbara, work progressing on fire planning and prescribed burning in Millstream National Park and there's been some great on-ground achievements to treats WoNS over Mardie, Pedamulla and Urala stations.

The Communications Team.

Partnership kicks off Adaptive Management planning for Great Victoria Desert

Representatives from eight stakeholder groups came together in Kalgoorlie this month for the first meeting of the Great Victoria Desert Adaptive Management Partnership (AMP), which will coordinate conservation planning and actions for the Western Australian extent of the Great Victoria Desert (GVD). [Read more]

Trips enable intergenerational knowledge transfer for Jigalong Women Rangers

Two major trips onto Country were recently undertaken by the Jigalong Women Rangers to expand their experience and capacity. [Read more]

Meeting of minds considers Fitzroy River Catchment conservation opportunities

Representatives from eleven government, research and not-for-profit agencies met in Perth last month to discuss the different expertise and work agendas in the Kimberley’s Fitzroy River catchment. [Read more]

Combined ground and aerial searches close to eradicating rubber vine

The annual search for invasive rubber vine plants in the West Kimberley combining aerial and land searches has resulted in 1500 flowering vines being detected and destroyed. [Read more]



Hope for adapting Kimberley crocodiles as cane toad approaches

Crocodile numbers are likely to fall following the invasion of cane toads in the Kimberley, but at the same time the population will adapt and grow stronger and resilient, according to a CSIRO biologist. [Read more]

Millstream fire management reviewed at workshop

A Fire Planning and Review Workshop for Pilbara’s Millstream National Park took place to assess the success of prescribed burning and review ongoing management actions. [Read more]


Weed control success highlighted at Pilbara meeting

The recent Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC) field trip and AGM provided the opportunity to see on ground achievements to contain and treat Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) over three stations in the Pilbara. [Read more]
Southern Rangelands

Innovation conference first step in regional approach for Goldfields pastoralists

A pastoral industry innovation conference was held in the Goldfields this month to facilitate a regional approach to land management. [Read more]



Grazing management

OPINION PIECE [by Jason Hastie] - Good grazing management will play out as a profitable balance between animal and pasture production. No matter the grazing system, its sustainability is based on the manipulation of stock numbers and stocking density in the context of feed availability and plant recovery.  [Read more]

Rangelot Flushing - a new self-herding tool for boosting reproductive performance and managing landscapes

Can we increase the reproductive performance of heifers and simultaneously improve landscape management? [Read more]

National climate dogs let off the leash!

Meet Ridgy, Enso, Indy, Sam, – the four new national climatedogs that explain the latest science behind the key climate drivers bringing wetter and drier years to Australia’s farms. Launched on the Climate Kelpie website, this playful litter of animated sheepdogs help farmers and anyone reliant on the weather understand what influences the variation in Australia’s seasons. [Watch the Climate Dogs in action]
  • 14–18 November 2016 - 11th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Vic. [More info]
  • 19–23 November 2016, Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand. [More info]
  • 21-22 November - More profitable options for selling your cattle, Coral Bay and Bullara Station. Contact Dean Revell for more information (email or phone 0408 904 948)
  • 28 Nov–2 Dec 2016 - Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference, Fremantle, WA. [More info]
  • 34 December - Rangelands Landscape Reading and Rehydration Workshop, Edah Station, Yalgoo. Contact Kane Watson for more information (email or phone 0419 328 535)
  • 5–9 February 2017 - Restore Regenerate Revegetate, A Conference on Restoring Ecological Processes, Ecosystems and Landscapes in a Changing World, Armidale NSW. [More info]
  • 1417 April 2017 - Celebrating 20 years of arid recovery [Save the Date, more info to come]
  • 1–4 May 2017 - 17th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference, Canberra. 'Innovative solutions and future directions'. Abstracts now open. [More info]
Grants & Awards
  • Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) across the country are encouraged to apply for up to $30 million in new funding for cutting edge research to boost productivity and returns across the agricultural, fishery and forestry industries. Applications close 6 December 2016. For more information on key dates and how to apply visit Rural R&D Profit Programme.
  • 2017 Australian Biosecurity Awards - Nominations for the 2017 Australian Biosecurity Awards are now open [More info]
  • The 2016 Regional Wellbeing Survey is now live, and people across Australia are invited to participate in the survey. You can access results from our 2013, 2014 and 2015 surveys on the University of Canberra website, and there will be more reports coming soon from the 2015 survey. The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous, and closes on 30th November 2016, at midnight. [Go to survey]
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