What's been happening in the wonderful world of Landcare and the WA rangelands you say? Well, a lot actually! Our Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF), Mez Clunies-Ross provides an update.
In October, a National Landcare Survey (NLP) was launched in which all Regional Landcare Facilitators across Australia including myself, report on the state of the Landcare community in their region and provide feedback to the Australian Government on emerging issues relevant to sustainable agriculture (and environmental practices where requested), as well as landcare community needs.
This survey provides a ‘snapshot’ of the current state of the Landcare movement in the regions and ultimately helps guide the continuing design of the National Landcare Program.
Rangelands NRM is one of 56 regional NRM organisations across Australia that is acting as a delivery agent of the NLP. In our WA rangelands region over 20 groups were engaged to complete this survey. I would personally like to thank all the group leaders out there that have taken the time to participate in this important process.
In the WA Rangelands
On a local note, over the last few months I've been busy as the new Regional Landcare Facilitator, actively engaging different producer groups across the WA rangelands. Amongst general correspondence, I have been taking advantage of group meetings and other field days to make face-to-face introductions and bolster opportunities for local projects.
Travelling from my home base in Mount Magnet to the likes of Broome, Fitzroy Crossing, Port Hedland, Marble Bar and then south to Kalgoorlie, Menzies and back up to Meekatharra in mid-west WA has certainly kept me on my toes. It has also enabled the beginning of many great relationships and development of group project ideas with Land Conservation District Committees (LCDCs), producer groups and biosecurity associations.
"We are seeing some very exciting projects that agVivo is looking forward to working on with Goldfields Nullabor Rangelands Biosecurity Association and Rangelands NRM in the southern Rangelands in 2015,” said Erin Gorter from agVivo. “It is inspiring to work with a team of connected, passionate professionals, for the benefit of all in the rangelands.”
I am also looking forward to the New Year. We have a lot of project ideas bubbling away at the moment and next year I think we will see a lot of these come to fruition, it is pretty exciting.
Mary-Anne (Mez) Clunies-Ross
Left: Bull sales at Fitzroy Crossing
Right: Producer group meeting at Mt Magent