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This month we welcome a new staff member Quinton Clasen and announce new National Landcare Program funding to 2018. 

We bring you news of collaborative projects in conservation planning, invasive species management and professional development for pastoralists, and our Senior Rangeland Scientist, Dr Peter Russell, provides an update on the latest in carbon farming and what it means in the global picture.
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Rangelands NRM announces National Landcare Programme funding to 2018

Rangelands NRM is pleased to announce Australian Government funding to 2018 which will support delivery of a raft of projects under the National Landcare Programme (NLP).
 
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Carbon and Climate Change

Carbon abatement shifts up a gear

Rangelands NRM’s Senior Rangeland Scientist Dr Peter Russell talks about the international response to climate change and the status of Australia’s carbon farming.
 
Recent developments have provided much improved clarity to the structure and functioning of the Direct Action program. 
 
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Pastoralism

WA pastoralists visit NT stations for land health insights

Last month, four WA pastoralists took a field trip to stations in the Northern Territory to learn more about different grazing practices and landscape rehydration techniques. 

The trip, funded by Rangelands NRM, was attended by Michael Clinch, Neil Grinham, Harry McKeough and Steven Sonneman-Smith as a follow up to the Australian Rangelands Conference in Alice Springs.
 
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Coastal Projects

Broome to host its first short film festival

Broome is to have its first home grown, short film festival this year, thanks to the Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG).

Funded by Rangelands NRM and Inspiring Australia, the Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest will be held on 3 September 2015 at Sun Pictures, Broome, as part of the Shinju Matsuri (Pearl Festival).

The beautiful coastal waters of Roebuck Bay are recognised as a marine wonderland, with a rich cultural and historical heritage, and Broome’s Roebuck Bay Working Group decided it was time for the many stories of the area to be told through short films.
 
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Indigenous

Ngadju planning their future

Members of Ngadju Conservation, RNRM and Gondwana Link at Fraser RangeMembers of Ngadju Conservation gathered in Norseman last month to deliberate on the final draft of the Conservation Action Plan they have been developing over the past 18 months.
 
The plan has been prepared with the assistance of Healthy Country planner Paula Deegan and the Gondwana Link team.
 
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Desert Rangelands

Collaboration commences for protection of Australia’s vast outback

Last month, more than 30 representatives from Aboriginal and natural resource management organisations met for the first face-to-face workshop of the Ten Deserts Initiative in Alice Springs.

The workshop was opened by Ten Deserts Coordinator, Jimmy Cocking, with an introduction to the fledgling Initiative, which aims to build partnerships across state and territory borders to support the protection of the natural and cultural values of Australia’s outback. 
 
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Biodiversity

Pastoralists and Indigenous rangers unite to protect Purple-crowned Fairy-wren

The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) last month rejoined with Wungurr Rangers and pastoralists in the north-west Kimberley in an effort to protect the habitat of the endangered Purple-crowned Fairy-wren.

DAFWA Biosecurity Officer Tracey Vinnicombe, who coordinated the Rangelands NRM-funded project, said the team covered nearly 49 hectares within the Wilinggin Indigenous Protection Area to resurvey and control ‘Ornamental rubbervine’ (Cryptostegia madagascariensis).
 
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Other News

Call for public to help spot rubber vine!

As part of the Aquila project, volunteers are now helping scientists to examine images of the Fitzroy River Valley for signs of the rubber vine from the comfort of their own home. The rubber vine is threatening habitats and the biodiversity of the area. Aerial images of the infestation area are uploaded to the internet and the weed's flowers can be easily detected against the green foliage.

The project is funded by the State NRM Strategic grants program which is supported by Rangelands NRM.

Friends of the Fitzroy are calling for more volunteers to help inspect the images to find the invasive rubber vine. [More info]

First stage of mid-west rangelands parkinsonia project complete

The Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association (MRBA), with financial support of nearly $50,000 from the Western Australian Government State NRM Program, recently completed the first stage of a project to eradicate a large, isolated infestation of Parkinsonia aculeate on Windimurra Station.

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Agriculture advocate shares spirited advice with isolated parents

The 43rd annual Isolated Children’s Parents Association (ICPA) WA Conference was held at the Ocean Beach Hotel Cottesloe on the 19 March 2015. Catherine Marriott was keynote speaker and workshop host, kindly sponsored by Rangelands NRM.

Around 90 people from across the state attended the conference, including pastoralists, farmers, education and agricultural industry representatives, sponsor representatives and Members of Parliament.
 
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Staff Profile

Quinton Clasen

This month, Rangelands NRM welcomes Quinton Clasen as Innovation and Development Manager.

Quinton has twenty years of experience in environmental services, land rehabilitation and reforestation.
 
At Rangelands NRM, Quinton will work with regional staff and partners with the aim of developing ideas into projects that will make a real difference on the ground as well as contributing to advancing the strategic plan. 
 
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 Resources

Video: Ngadju Fire Training [view here]

Video: Regional Mens Health 'Working with Warriors' - [View here]

The May–July Bureau of Meteorology Climate and Water Outlook video covers rainfall, streamflow and temperature for the next three months and beyond. [View here]

CSIRO’s new Climate Analogues Explorer tool show how climate change is likely to impact towns across Australia in 30 or 50 years’ time. [View here]  
Events

16–18 June 2015 - Native Title Conference, Port Douglas, QLD [More info]

7–10 July 2015 - National Carbon Farming Conference, Albury, NSW [More info]

26 August 2015 - ABARES Regional Outlook Conference, Geraldton, WA [More info]

3 September 2015 - Mud and Saltwater Short Film Festival, Broome WA - [More info

Grants and Funding
Coastwest Grants
The WA Planning Commission is providing grants to support projects addressing the challenges facing Western Australia's coastal environments. Projects may involve site or local area planning; on-ground action; identification and monitoring; capacity building or any combination of these activities. Applications are invited for grants of $5000–$50,000. Closing date is Monday 15 June 2015. For application kits, visit the WA Planning Commission website.
 
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. The scheme will close on 30 June 2015 or earlier if funds are fully committed. [More info]
 
National Stronger Regions Fund – Round Two.
The National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) is an initiative to boost social and economic development in Australia’s regions by funding investment ready, priority infrastructure projects in local communities.
Applications for Round Two funding close on 31 July 2015. [More info]
 
WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards
These awards aim to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural Western Australia. Choose from seven categories, including the Landcorp Sustainability Award. Nominations close 7 August 2015. [More info]

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