Seven groups funded for NRM capacity building and community engagement

[March 2014]
Seven community groups in the WA rangelands will receive support for small projects to build capacity and community engagement in 2014.

The WA Government through the WA State NRM Office has allocated $250,000 to Rangelands NRM for 2013-14 to this end.

Rangelands NRM Operations Manager John Silver said Rangelands NRM will provide services that increase engagement with rangelands community groups, improve the communication between the State Government and the community, improve the efficacy and efficiency of NRM investment, and enhance regional and local governance.

“A total of $150,000 will support seven groups (via direct funding to the groups) to assist them to build capacity and enable them to better engage and assist community to be involved in natural resource management,” Mr Silver said.

“The remaining $100,000 of this funding is provided for Rangelands NRM to operate with good governance and undertake broader communication between the State NRM Office/WA Government and the community of the Rangelands NRM region,” he said.

The successful projects are as follows:

  • Gascoyne Food Council - $20,000 to align the Gascoyne Catchments Group with the Gascoyne Food Council to look at promotion and marketing of product in the region, alternative markets for product and developing a direct paddock-to-plate market for the beef and horticulture industries.
  • Yadgalah Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) - $15,000 to employ a local YAC individual to work with Rangelands NRM one day per week to deliver the Shark Bay Sea Country Plan.  Built in to the proposal is funding to allow one or two YAC members to attend grant writing and perhaps project management training. 
  • Ord, Land & Water - $20,000 to reinvigorate NRM organisations and agencies around Kununurra. The focus being on discussing current activities and providing a focus group to develop new ideas/projects and source funding. 
  • Nyangamartu Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation - $25,000 to engage a part time development coordinator to assist the establishment of a ranger program to manage Ramsar 80 Mile Beach. This coordinator will coordinate all groups and all funding to see the group take the step in establishing a Ranger program.
  • West Kimberley LCDC - $20,000 (with matching funds) for admin/EO support. To work with industry bodies to ‘unite’ and facilitate the formation of the Kimberley Cattlemen’s Association, promote holistic management and deliver landcare outcomes on ground. 
  • Pilbara RBG - $16,500 to employ an executive officer/facilitator salary on a part time basis, to build capacity and enable better engagement and NRM involvement.
  • Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association - $33,500 seed funding to support the Murchison Vermin Cell in maintaining momentum. 

More details on specific projects will be covered in later issues of the Rangelands eNews. For more information, please contact John Silver by email or phone 08 9192 5771