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This month we share the latest on partnerships and plans to improve land management in the Western Australian rangelands.
 
New guides are available for fire management and camera monitoring and we encourage pastoralists to consider a range of sustainability and upskilling opportunities.
 
We are also pleased to share news of Nyangumarta Rangers' training and IPA celebrations.
 
Until next month.
 
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Latest News
Innovation Expos focus on pastoral profit
 
Three Innovation Expos - 'A New Lease of Life' will be held in the southern rangelands of WA between September and November to explore opportunities and technologies that will help revitalise the region.
 
The Kalgoorlie Innovation Expo will be held on 22–23 September 2015 at Hampton Hill. The Mt Magnet Innovation Expo dates are 21–22 October 2015, and the Carnarvon Innovation Expo will be held on
12–13 November 2015.
 
New guiding principles for fire management in the WA rangelands 
 
A new set of knowledge-based principles is now available to land managers to guide fire management in the rangelands of Western Australia.
 
The guiding principles document brings together the expertise of the Rangelands Fire Leadership Group which includes representatives from Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Pastoral and Graziers Association of WA, Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) and Rangelands NRM.

Guiding principles for fire management in the WA rangelands provides a brief biophysical description of the WA rangelands, generic fire management principles applicable to most fire-prone regions of the rangelands.

Pastoralism
Opportunities for support in sustainable pastoralism
 
Western Australian rangelands pastoralists are encouraged to consider the range of opportunities for support offered by Rangelands NRM to improve practices that generate economic returns and sustain the natural resource base.
 
Pastoralists can get help with Ecologically Sustainable Rangeland Management (ESRM) planning, on-ground works that are identified as priority actions in ESRM plans, and trials and demonstrations of innovative practices, including rangelands self-herding techniques. They can also access support to attend workshops and seminars, formal training courses and field days to build their skills, knowledge and leadership potential.
 
Coastal Projects

Bilbies: monitoring populations and research in WA

The next Science on the Broome Coast talk on 9 September will see Department of Parks and Wildlife's Research Scientist, Dr Martin Dziminski, present his research about the much adored and vulnerable bilbies.

Hear Martin at: Pigram Garden Theatre (Broome Civic Centre), 27 Weld Street, Broome on Wednesday 9 September from 6–7pm.

Science on the Broome Coast is an initiative of the Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG) and Yawuru Land and Sea Unit. The talks are sponsored by Inspiring Australia, Rangelands NRM, WA Marine Science Institution and Broome Shire.

[More info from Roebuck Bay Working Group]

Indigenous
Kimberley Ranger Forum a vital learning and connection opportunity
 
Around 200 Indigenous rangers and partners from around the Kimberley came together for a ranger forum last month to share knowledge and undertake training and workshops in a range of practical skills for natural resource management.

The four-day forum, held at Purnululu National Park in the East Kimberley, was delivered by the Kimberley Land Council, which also facilitates Ranger Groups across the region.

The rangers were joined by a number of representatives from Australian Government, state agencies and non-government organisations including Rangelands NRM, who work with the Kimberley Ranger Program.

Nyangumarta Rangers training on country and celebrating IPA 

Nyangumarta Rangers completed a site survey and began weed control work in preparation for an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) dedication ceremony near Eighty Mile Beach last month.

Rangelands NRM, with funding from the Australian Government 25th Anniversary Landcare Grant, supported the work, which is part of the Rangers’ training to manage their country.

Greening Australia Trainer, Volker Mischker said the group surveyed their ‘block’ and documented the range of birds and other fauna observed, as well as plant species, with a view to future weed control work. 

Shark Bay stakeholders collaborate on Gutharragudda Land and Sea Country Plan

Stakeholders in Shark Bay are near to completing the Gutharragudda Land and Sea Country Plan for the Malgana native title claim area of the world heritage precinct.
 
Rangelands NRM hosted two workshops in recent months, bringing together representatives from Bush Heritage Australia, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Shark Bay Salt, Denham and Carnarvon Malgana, and Yadgalah Aboriginal Corporation and Big Island Research.
 
Pilbara Corridors
New fire staff a boost to Pilbara projects
 
Two new staff based in the Pilbara will see a boost to the fire management programs running in the region.
 
The Department of Parks and Wildlife have recently appointed Pedro Palheiro who replaces Tim Hunt as the Fire Planning Project Officer for the Pilbara Corridors Project and Owen Donovan who replaces Ritchie Boykett as the Regional Fire Coordinator.
 
The Pilbara Corridors Project is working with Parks and Wildlife to improve fire regimes, coordinate activities across tenures and implement a fire management strategy for the Fortescue Catchment.
Biodiversity
Continued support for Ngadju Conservation to protect biodiversity
 
Ngadju Conservation have received a further two years’ support to continue work on protecting the biodiversity of the Great Western Woodlands in Western Australia. 
 
Rangelands NRM and Gondwana Link have signed an agreement to work in partnership to continue support of Ngadju Conservation through funding by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
 
 
 
WA Threatened Species Forum announced
 
A Threatened Species conference has just been announced for the State, with plans for the event to be held in Geraldton on 30 October 2015.
 
The inaugural event will feature Australia’s Threatened Species Commission Gregory Andrews, among other leaders in the field.
 
Other News
Kimberley partnership building Bunuba Healthy Country Plan 

Stakeholders met last month to develop a Healthy Country Plan for Bunuba Country in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Representatives from Rangelands NRM, Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation (BDAC), Bush Heritage Australia, Environs Kimberley (EK) and The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) met in Fitzroy Crossing to welcome new project staff, share perspectives and form the project steering committee.
 
New guide for camera monitoring terrestrial wildlife
 
A new comprehensive method for wildlife monitoring using motion detection cameras in northern Australia has been launched.

Funded under the Northern Australia Hub of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research Program (NERP), the method has been detailed in, A guide for the use of remote cameras for wildlife surveys and surveillance in northern Australia.

The guide is a culmination of several years’ work by Northern Territory Government scientists, who have adopted the standardised protocol as part of its wildlife monitoring activities.

Resources
The August–October Bureau of Meteorology Climate and Water Outlook video covers rainfall, streamflow and temperature for the next three months and beyond. [View here
 
The FeralScan resource has been updated to help you record pest animal problems in your local area. You can register members of a group online so that all members can work together to record pests, and target pest hotspots. [More info
 
Bestprac – information and support for pastoral wool, sheep meat and cattle producers to improve their business and production performance. [More info
Events
3 September 2015 - Mud and Saltwater Short Film Festival, Broome WA  [More info]
 
10–11 September 2015 - Talkin' Soil Health conference, Kojonup, WA  [More info]

21–23 September 2015 - State NRM Conference, Mandurah, WA [More info]
22–23 September 2015 - Innovation Expo - 'A New Lease of Life', Kalgoorlie, WA [More info]

10–11 October 2015 - 2015 West Australian Beach Clean Up  [
More info]

19–25 October - Aussie Backyard Bird Count [More info

21–22 October 2015 - Innovation Expo - 'A New Lease of Life', Mt Magnet, WA [More info]

30–31 October 2015 - WA Threatened Species Forum, Geraldton, WA [More info]

12–13 November 2015 - Innovation Expo - 'A New Lease of Life', Carnarvon, WA [More info]
 
16–18 November 2015 - Tropical Agriculture Conference 2015, Brisbane, Qld [More info]

29 November–3 December 2015 - Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) Annual Conference 2015, Adelaide, SA [
More info]
Grants and Funding

Lotteries West grants

Every year approximately 1000 not-for-profit groups share in Lotterywest Grants totalling millions of dollars raised from the sale of Lotterywest Games. Their grants support a variety of projects and organisations that improve the lives of Western Australians. [More info]

20 Million Trees 

Round Two of the 20 Million Trees Programme invites applications from individuals, organisations and community groups such as schools, landholders and conservation groups to apply for funding of between $20,000 and $100,000 to plant trees in a range of urban, peri-urban and regional environments across Australia. Applications close 16 September 2015. [More info]

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