January 2015
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Dear Reader

Rangelands NRM would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year for 2015!
We can't believe that January is nearly over already! Most of our staff are busy in reporting mode at the moment and we have some great success stories to tell from our projects on the ground. Stay tuned for the coming months.
 
Regards

Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager, Rangelands NRM
Contents

Latest News
Carbon and Climate Change
Landcare
Indigenous
Desert Rangelands
Biodiversity
Pilbara Corridors
News from our neighbours
Grants and Funding

  
 
Latest News

Stakeholders meet to discuss Wiluna region on a landscape-scale

Stakeholders working in the Wiluna region gathered together late last year to discuss development of a plan for future collaboration. Rangelands NRM is building a reputation as an unbiased facilitator for diverse groups working towards a common goal in natural resource management. [Read more]

 

Carbon and Climate Change

Rangeland carbon – what’s happening in the outback?

Extensive, land system-based soil sampling and vegetation measurements have been carried out across the Murchison and Pilbara regions of WA to estimate carbon stocks and study its distribution across the landscape. Extensive, land system-based soil sampling and vegetation measurements have been carried out across the Murchison and Pilbara regions of WA to estimate carbon stocks and study its distribution across the landscape. These have been undertaken with a view to inform future carbon abatement programs in the form of ‘carbon sequestration’ – storing organic carbon in vegetation and soil. [Read more]

Landcare

Coming soon - Kimberley Pasture Identification Workshop 

Rangelands NRM will join forces with DAFWA will be holding a series of one day Pasture Identification Workshops across the west and eastern Kimberley from March-April 2015. These workshops will be delivered by Andrew Mitchell and Kath Ryan from the WA Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) with support from Rangelands NRM. [Read more]

Indigenous

 Rangers undertake turtle monitoring in the Kimberley

Nyangumarta Rangers in the Kimberley undertook turtle monitoring as part of their ranger training late last year. From the 6-17 October, eight Nyangumarta Rangers from the coastal community of Bidyadanga participated in further training towards their Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management, which included travelling to Eighty Mile Beach to participate in the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s turtle program training. The Ranger Training program is an ongoing initiative coordinated by Greening Australia through their Pilbara Conservation Program (a joint venture with BHP Billiton Iron Ore) and supported by Rangelands NRM. [Read more]

Desert Rangelands

Tjuntjuntjara community discuss Spinifex Healthy Country Plan

The Spinifex People are driving development of the Spinifex Healthy Country Plan (SHCP) which will provide them with a detailed Land Management Program for rangers to look after Country. The Conservation Management P/L team who have been contracted to assist Spinifex Land Management to develop their SHCP, visited Tjuntjuntjara community in the Great Victoria Desert for the first time from 17-20 November 2014. [Read more] 

Biodiversity

Fire management reverses the decline of the Gouldian Finch

Scientists have found direct evidence that grass seed-eating birds are sensitive to the repeated extensive, intense fires that currently affect northern Australia, but with implementation of appropriate fire management, it is possible to reverse the decline in health of their populations.  The striking Gouldian Finch, which once flew in flocks of 1000’s, is now so rare that it is listed as Endangered on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.  [Read more]

Knowledge of threatened cave dwellers increased

Scientists have been undertaking work to increase their knowledge of threatened species living in underground caves in the north-west rangelands of WA. Funding from Rangelands NRM is assisting the WA Museum to further develop understanding of the aquatic and terrestrial subterranean species found in Camerons Cave, south of the Exmouth townsite on the Cape Range peninsula. [Read more]

 Pilbara Corridors 

Keeping a watch on cacti in the Pilbara

A coordinated effort is helping to address infestations and further spread of cacti throughout the Western Pilbara. The Pilbara Corridors Project is maintaining a monitoring watch on cacti after a successful PMMC and Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) collaboration. Pilbara Corridors Program Manager Ian Cotton said the final phase of the project has focussed on the towns of Onslow and Pannawonica. [Read More]
 News from our neighbours 

I-Tracker used to monitor Lama Lama wetlands

A new video launched this month explores the success of a program that has seen Indigenous rangers partnering with researchers to better monitor and manage their land. The short clip looks at how the Lama Lama Rangers, from the Cape York Peninsula, have trialled new methods to assess the condition of their wetlands, including the use of I-Tracker tools. [Read more]

Events

11-17 February 2015 - Farming & Grazing for Profit Workshop, Perth. The RCS Farming & Grazing for Profit school is the Business School for Mixed Farming Enterprises. RCS is delivering a 6 1/2 day Farming & Grazing for Profit workshop in Perth which aims to give you the knowledge, principles and management tools needed to build a profitable and sustainable farming and grazing business. [More info]

25 February, Rangelands 2015 Fire Forum. For more information contact Nicki Everson on 9468 8250 or email.
 
27 February, Annual Kimberley Weeds Forum - 8.30am-4.30pm Lotteries House, Cable Beach Road, Broome. Please join us as weed managers from across the Kimberley meet to discuss regional priorities, strategies, and knowledge, and map regional weed distribution data. Presentations will be heard from participants around the Kimberley, as well as strategic perspectives from outside the region. Please contact Ilse Pickerd for any queries or RSVPs on 08 9192 1922 or email. Please RSVP by February 6th for catering purposes.

March, EDGEnetwork® - Nutrition EDGE workshop - The Nutrition EDGE package is tailored for your conditions and enterprise management. It is designed to equip you to make decisions that ultimately help to achieve your herd performance targets through improved breeder fertility, weight gains, optimal use of supplements and overall management. Halls Creek (17-19 March) - full, Tom Price (24-26 March) - places still available, Derby (22-24 April) - full. Contact Matthew Fletcher on (08) 9166 4019 or email.12-16 April 2015 - 18th Biennial

Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society, Alice Springs. 'Innovation in the Rangelands' [More
info]  
 
Grants and Funding
Drought Concessional Loans Scheme - applications open
Farm businesses in Western Australia can now access the Australian Government’s Drought Concessional Loans Scheme. Drought Concessional Loans are now available to assist farm businesses recover from and prepare for future droughts and return to viability in the longer term. Under the scheme, the Australian Government will provide Western Australia with $20 million for the provision of Drought Concessional Loans in 2014-15. The scheme will close on 30 June 2015 or earlier if funds are fully committed. [More info]
 
Shire of Broome’s Annual Community Sponsorship program 
Grants are available for up to $10,000. Application forms and sponsorship guidelines are available from the Shire of Broome website. Applications close at 4pm Friday 30 January 2015. If you have an idea for a community project or event, please Amy Andison, Youth and Community Development Officer, Shire of Broome, (08) 9191 3411 or email. [More info]

This eNews is an initiative of the Rangelands NRM Coordinating Group which is supported by the Australian and WA State Governments.