Rangelands reps head to National NRM conference

Three representatives from Rangelands NRM will be attending the 5th National NRM Regions Knowledge Conference this month.

The conference is being held in Launceston from 17-19 March 2014 and will bring together regional NRM organisations from around Australia along with NRM practitioners from Australian and State/Territory agencies and non-government organisations.

Rangelands NRM Chairman Bill Mitchell, Operations Manager John Silver and Program Manager (Pilbara) Dr Bill Cotching will be attending and representing Rangelands NRM.

This years’ theme is Regional NRM – Communities in Action: viable communities, productive and healthy landscapes. 

Bill Mitchell said the theme reflects our core value of working with communities to address the NRM challenge.

“Ultimately, it’s the communities that do the work - whether it be changing pastoral practices, controlling weeds or saving endangered wildlife - in doing so they are supporting the long-term sustainability of their land and biodiversity assets,” Mr Mitchell said.

Dr Cotching will be presenting during the Biodiversity Workshop Program on ‘Pilbara Corridors for Biodiversity management’ on Tuesday 18 March which will provide an overview of the Australian Government funded Biodiversity Funded project that has now been running for 18 months.

This six year landscape scale project in the 4.5 million hectare Fortescue River catchment of the Pilbara connects across management boundaries and provides coordinated responses to biodiversity threats.

“Landscape scale biodiversity management in the Pilbara can influence rangeland ecosystems and requires commitment from all land managers in order to deal with biodiversity threats that cross land tenure boundaries over vast areas of country,” Dr Cotching said. 

“This requires working with private pastoral lease holders, corporate mining companies, state government departments and Traditional Owners, all of whom have different ways of operating and different expectations of the land that they manage,” Dr Cotchng said.

The project is delivered in partnership with Greening Australia WA and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) plus a close working relationship with the WA Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA).

More information about the conference can be found at the conference website. You can find out more about the NRM Regions’ Working Group here

For more information about the Pilbara Corridors Project, contact Dr Bill Cotching by email or phone 08 9144 2800.