State NRM funds to protect natural resources

[January 2016]

A total of 142 community projects have been awarded State NRM Program Community Action Grants to protect WA’s natural resources. 

Announced in mid-December, $3.99 million of funds have been distributed, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.

Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the grants ranged from $5,000 to $55,000 and were part of a $24 million commitment over three years towards State NRM.

"These projects conserve and restore unique ecosystems throughout Western Australia. Without these grants important environmental work would not occur, especially in remote regions," Mr Baston said.

There were a total of 21 grants distributed to groups within the Rangelands region of WA:

  • Feral herbivore exclusion from the Synnot Valley, Kimberley
  • Securing the survival of the Stick-nest Rat in Western Australia
  • Exmouth feral cat and fox community education and control program  
  • Coastal erosion and renourishment of dune systems safeguarding Turtle Rookery  
  • Marine species protection at the Carnarvon One Mile Jetty  
  • Extending weeds of national significance control in the Lower Gascoyne Catchment  
  • Kiwirrkurra Cat Control Strike-Force trial  
  • The Kimberley Bilby Project  
  • Sharing knowledge to tackle Kimberley weed priorities – Neem and Azidirchata indica  
  • Revegetation of Fitzroy River floodplain of Mt Anderson - Stage 1  
  • Karajarri Indigenous Protected Area: Frasier Downs Station Coastal Protection Zone  
  • Gooniyandi Culturally & Environmentally Significant Waterways Monitoring and Management Program  
  • Partnerships to protect and restore Roebuck Plains' significant wetlands  
  • Rubber Vine control and eradication in the East Kimberley  
  • Innovative control of a significant infestation of strategically important weeds of national significance  
  • Volunteer scientific monitoring of Western Australian marine biodiversity  
  • Conserving and building rangeland biodiversity through targeted landscape interventions  
  • Aquila 2nd Generation – Using artificial intelligence to detecting rubber vine  
  • Rubber Vine eradication along the Fitzroy River through Aerial Control  
  • Rubber Vine eradication along the Fitzroy River through Ground Control  
  • Environmental and cultural assets protection by Indigenous Rangers  

"The grants support local decision making, enabling communities to do on-ground works that are vital to their local area and encourage their continued involvement in the initiative," Minister Baston said.

Rangelands NRM Operations Manager John Silver said Rangelands NRM was pleased to be assisting organisations who required an auspicing body to sponsor projects due to being unincorporated.

“A key part of Rangelands NRM’s work is to develop strategic, mutually-beneficial partnerships that deliver sustainable NRM outcomes.”

“We’re happy to take a supportive role with some of these groups to help facilitate the on-ground work and reporting,” Mr Silver said. 

More information

For the full list of projects, visit http://www.nrm.wa.gov.au  

Community Capability Grants for large projects close on January 18, 2016, while applications for small projects close on May 30, 2016, unless fully subscribed

Image: Rubber vine encroaching on the native vegetation. Four of the State NRM projects are looking at rubber vine eradication along the Fitzroy River.