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This month we bring you news of an Indigenous fire management project, a knowledge opportunity for beef producers, and a new native plant guide for the Goldfields.

We are supporting the development of a mobile app for community tracking of cactus weeds as well as research into North West Cape cave environments and their threatened critters.
 
In the southern rangelands there's malleefowl protection work that is contributing to national efforts and up in the Kimberley we are partnering in innovative cattle, land and fire research.
 
For those in Broome a series of science talks kicked off this month, with another fascinating one planned early next month. There's also a call for short films to showcase Roebuck Bay.
 
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Collaboration working on strategies for cane toad suppression

Researchers, WA state government officers, Indigenous rangers and community are working in collaboration to determine successful management strategies to tackle the spread of cane toads across the Kimberley, as well educating the public about the threat of cane toads and their movement.
 
Delivered by Rangelands NRM through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, the ‘Kimberley Cane Toad Clean Up’ project brings together the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), researchers from the University of Sydney and ranger groups throughout the Kimberley as well as community group Kimberley Toad Busters (KTB).  [Read more]
Pastoralism

Innovative GPS collars track cattle, land and fire impacts in North Kimberley

A North Kimberley project is using GPS cattle collars to track cattle responses to prescriptive burning programs and inform producers of how their cattle react to fires and how they are using recently burnt areas.
 
The project is a partnership between Rangelands NRM, Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) and CSIRO, funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
[Read more]  
 

Producers beef-up down south

Seven beef producers from Australia’s Gascoyne region visited the south-west recently to gain a better understanding of supply chain requirements and to investigate future branding opportunities for their beef. 
 
The delegation visited Taurindi Beef, a backgrounding operation, feedlot and Harvey Beef’s processing facilities. The group also received a briefing on domestic product quality programs.

Coastal Projects

Science talks continue in Broome - shorebirds, dinosaurs, bilbies and jellyfish

The first of the Science on the Broome Coast talks for 2015 was held this month, featuring passionate birder Chris Hassell.
 
The talks are hosted by the Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG) and Yawuru Land and Sea Unit, and sponsored by Inspiring Australia, the Western Australian Marine Science Institute, Broome Visitor Centre, and Rangelands NRM through funding from the Australian Federal Government. 
 
The next talk is planned for 7 July.  [Read more]
 

Lights, camera, action in Broome puts Roebuck Bay in the spotlight 

Three free filmmaking workshops were held during Broome’s dry season to help budding filmmakers develop the technical and creative skills to produce a short film for the inaugural MUD AND SALTwater SHORT FILM FEST to be held this September.
 
The short film festival is an initiative of the Roebuck Bay Working Group and is funded by Rangelands NRM and Inspiring Australia.
 
Roebuck Bay Working Group Project Manager Kandy Curran said filmmakers with all levels of experience can submit a short film that has a focus on Roebuck Bay’s natural, cultural or heritage values.  
Indigenous

Wiluna women managing country with ‘cool’ burns

A team of Wiluna women are using fire to manage important habitats and reduce the impact of large hot summer fires at Ululla, about 70 kilometres south west of Wiluna in Western Australia’s Murchison region.
 
The work, funded through Rangelands NRM, began earlier this year with the team conducting initial surveying and mapping of areas to be managed for fire.
 
 Biodiversity

New native plant guide for the Goldfields promotes bushland conservation

The Kalgoorlie Urban Landcare Group (KBULG) has published a new native plant guide, with a particular emphasis on those found in Karlkurla Bushland Park, one of the six vegetation regeneration zones established around the city.
 
Development of the guide was supported by Rangelands NRM as part of a project to increase awareness in urban communities of the value and conservation status of native vegetation in the Goldfields. 

Camerons Cave water and ecology investigation extends knowledge of threatened species

Scientists have been undertaking work to increase their knowledge of threatened species living in underground caves in the north-west rangelands of WA.        

Rangelands NRM funding is supporting research by the WA Museum to further understanding of the aquatic and terrestrial subterranean species found in Camerons Cave, south of the Exmouth townsite on the Cape Range peninsula.   [Read more]   

New app to record and map sightings of cactus infestations

A new mobile application is being developed to allow members of the public to record and map sightings of cactus infestations in Western Australia’s rangelands.
 
Cactus weeds have the potential to render large tracts of land useless for production, and pose a threat to smaller species of native wildlife, which can become trapped on the cactus spines.
 
Funded by Rangelands NRM, the application will feed reported cactus sightings to a centralised database and website, with the individual sightings viewable on a map.
 
Other News

Malleefowl protection projects in the southern rangelands contribute to national efforts 

The Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association (GRCA) Inc. has funded two new projects in the southern rangelands of Western Australia to protect the Malleefowl, a ground nesting bird unique to southern Australia.
 
Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) was once was widespread from the west to east coasts of Australia but is now listed as ‘Vulnerable’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999 due to land clearing in the agricultural areas, and predators such as foxes and cats.   [Read more]
NRM

State NRM Conference 2015 - Call for Papers and expressions of interest to present.

21–23 September 2015, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, WA
Abstracts due by Friday 3 July 2015. [Read instructions]

Events

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

7 July - Science on the Broome Coast talk by Palaeontologist Dr Steve Salisbury, Broome Visitor Centre, WA [More info
 
23–24 July 2015 - Australian Citizen Science Conference 2015, Canberra, ACT. A Fenner Conference on the Environment supported by the Australian Academy of Science. [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]
 
21–23 September 2015 State NRM Conference, Mandurah, WA [More info]
Grants and Funding
Lotteries West grants - various [More info]

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