[September][2015]
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This month we are pleased to announce two new contracts, one to manage Pilbara weeds that threaten the habitat of two endangered species, and another for a new project supporting continued management of the WA desert country across the Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) of Birriliburu and Kiwirrkurra.  

We farewelled Linda Anderson, after 12 years working for the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC) and closely with Rangelands NRM on Weeds of National Significance such as mesquite, parkinsonian and cactus.
 
The Science on the Broome Coast talks were well received and covered an impressive variety of subjects. Also in Broome, the Mud and Salt Film Festival showcased an amazing array of natural assets and phenomena.
 
As we publish this, we are wrapping up presentations at the State NRM conference in Mandurah and our first in the series of Innovation Expos in the Southern Rangelands. We'll update you on the details next month.
 
Until then.
 
The Rangelands Communications Team. 
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Landcare practitioners meet to drive sustainable action

More than 170 delegates met to share their work and drive sustainable action into the future at the State NRM Conference in Mandurah this week.
 
The Conference was held at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre from 21–23 September and attracted a major line up of landcare practitioners.   [Read more]
 
 
 

Further support to save threatened species Pilbara habitat from weed

Landholders in the Pilbara will receive further support to control the ‘thorny menace’ that threatens the habitat of two endangered species.
 
The project, supported by Rangelands NRM through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, will contribute to the survey, identification and protection of the habitats of the Northern Quoll and Greater Bilby in the Pilbara Bioregion that is currently under threat from the spread of a number of Weeds of National Significance (WoNS).    [Read more]
Pilbara Corridors

Control of Pilbara weeds on track for success

Key stakeholders met this month to hear the past year’s results and commitment to the upcoming year’s weed program from the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC) Annual General Meeting.    
 
The PMMC has been operating for 10 years and is supported by Rangelands NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. [Read more]
Coastal Projects

Broome Film Festival and science series showcases nature's best

The 2015 Science on the Broome Coast series has entertained and informed Broome audiences this year with a diverse program of events.
 
These events included four science presentations, filmmaking workshops and an inaugural ROEBUCK BAY MUD AND SALTwater SHORT FILM FEST.  [Read more] 
Desert Rangelands

Continued support to manage desert country

A new project will support continued management of the WA desert country across the Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) of Birriliburu and Kiwirrkurra. 

Central Desert Native Title Service (CDNTS) are continuing to work with ranger teams to protect cultural and biodiversity values with support from Rangelands NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.     [Read more]
Biodiversity

Government officials visit Kimberley for insights into regional biodiversity

Representatives from the Australian Government Department of Environment visited the Kimberley this month to better understand the local priorities and threats.
 
Rangelands NRM Kimberley staff, John Silver and Grey Mackay met with Acting First Assistant Secretary Biodiversity Conservation Division, James Barker and Director Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory Section, Biodiversity Conservation Division, Keith Armstrong in Broome.       [Read more]
Other News

Yawuru conservation estate – planning for the future

Draft plans for a proposed Yawuru conservation estate in and around Broome’s coast were released in June this year and are available for public comment until 25 September, 2015.
 
The Roebuck Bay Working Group and Yawuru Land and Sea Unit held a Science on the Broome Coast presentation in July 2015 as part of the Science on the Broome Coast series to provide the community with the opportunity to learn about the proposed marine and coastal parks.
 
The science series is funded by Rangelands NRM, Inspiring Australia, Broome Shire Council and the Department of Parks and Wildlife.     [Read more]
Events
18–30 September 2015 - Biosecurity Blitz - help report pests in WA. [More info]
 
10–11 October 2015 - West Australian Beach Clean Up [More info]
 
14–15 October 2015 -  Greening Australia Landscape restoration workshop, Yarrie Station, Pilbara, WA. Contact Pip Short on pshort@greeningaustralia.org.au for information or to RSVP.

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]
 
24–25 October - Greening Australia – Mangrove planting weekend De Grey station, Pilbara, WA. Contact Pip Short on pshort@greeningaustralia.org.au for information or to attend the weekend trip.
 
28–29 October 2015 - Local Land Services Western Region’s Rangelands Carbon Conference. Cobar, NSW. Registration is free and includes access to a Carbon Expo. [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] 

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