November 2012
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Dear Reader

The end of the year is fast approaching and so is the Annual General Meeting of Rangelands NRM Coordinating Group which will be held in Nedlands, Perth on Wednesday 12 December 2012.

The Board encourage community members and other interested people to come along. This is a great opportunity to hear what Rangelands NRM are up to and our plans for the future. The Board has offered to cover the costs of an additional representative of the Reference Groups or our other partner community groups to come as well as the Chair, so please contact us if this is of interest.
 
We've had a really busy month running our regional planning workshops, our Pilbara Field Day with DAFWA's Peter Russell and agricultural pioneer Peter Andrews and our climate change workshop in Broome.
 
Entries to our School of the Air Photo competition have now all been received. This year, we've received a total of 130 photo entries from 56 individual students from SOTA's across our region: Kimberley, Port Hedland, Carnarvon, Meekathara and Kalgoorlie. What a great effort! Some of the photos will feature in this year's Annual Report.
 
I hope to see some of you at our AGM.

Best Wishes

Brian Warren
General Manager, Rangelands NRM CoordinatingGroup

Contents

Latest News
Carbon and Climate Change
Pastoralism
Coastal Projects
Indigenous
Desert Rangelands
Biodiversity
Other News
Staff Profile
Events
Grants and Funding

 
 
Latest News

Opportunity for on-farm carbon farming demonstrations

There is an opportunity coming up for a carbon farming demonstration and we are looking for experessions of interest from groups of pastoralists who might like to get involved. The demonstration will involve carbon measurements in selected areas, and the impacts of management changes on carbon. Groups will be contacted directly, but if interested parties would like to feed back in the meantime, then please contact Jane Bradley.

Update on Regional Workshops

We've now completed eight of the regional planning workshops with three more to go (Carnarvon, Cobra and the Desert Rangelands). The workshops have been attended by a wide range of stakeholder representatives who have good on-ground knowledge of the environment assets in their area, including pastoralists, government agencies, NGOs, Traditional Owner groups, local governments, landcare groups and development commissions. To date, approximately 271 assets have been nominated, ranging from wetlands and individual species like the Gouldian finch to productive land systems. Assets can be nominated at any time throughout the process and beyond using the asset nomination form available here or through your Rangelands NRM.
Carbon and Climate Change

Trials measure carbon in soil and plants

A Carbon farming expert presented recent field sampling results at a Rangelands NRM-hosted field day at Yalleen Station and Millstream National Park Visitor Centre (former homestead) on 13 November 2012. Dr Peter Russell from the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, gave a presentation about the recent intensive sampling program in the Brockman land system of Yalleen Station, 200km south-west of Karratha, that was funded by Rangelands NRM. [Read more]
Pastoralism

WA pastoralists learn to de-stress stock to increase productivity

WA pastoralists were recently given the opportunity to attend the 'Stress Free Stockmanship' workshops that were subsidised through Rangelands NRM’s Sustainable Pastoralism Program. The workshops, run by pastoralist and consultant Bruce Maynard, are based on the scientific research that shows links between the mental stresses that stock face and their production. [Read more]

New land management trials for Kimberley pastoralists

Rangelands NRM is working with a number of Kimberley pastoralists to trial activities with potential for improved land management. Landcare Facilitator for the Northern Rangelands Mel McDonald said the trial activities aim to benefit the environment as well as the pastoral business in terms of increased production, decreased costs or improved convenience. [Read more]
 
Coastal Projects

Roebuck Bay Working Group in running for State award

Broome's Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG) is in the running for the CSBP Environment Award for their work to develop community based management plans for Roebuck Bay. Much of the RBWG's work is funded by Rangelands NRM. The award acknowledges groups who show a proven passion and dedication to reducing environmental impacts in rural and regional areas. [Read more]

Indigenous

New ranger partnership in the Pilbara

Rangelands NRM are partnering with the Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation to jointly fund a position and Ranger activities with Rio Tinto in the Pilbara. Marc McDonald has been appointed as the Yindjibarndi Cultural Heritage and Conservation Manager. Marc was previously a ranger with the Department of Environment and Conservation at Millstream National Park.[Read more]

Desert Rangelands

Regional fire forum planned for Rangelands

Exchanging information, including two way learning between traditional owners and western science, will be a key theme of a regional fire forum planned by Rangelands NRM for 2013. Traditional owners have shaped and managed their country using fire for thousands of years using it to hunt, promote food species, signal or clear areas. Further the use of fire is becoming an increasingly important aspect of natural resource management for Rangelands NRM projects. [Read more]
Biodiversity

Intensive work controls Mesquite on Nicholson Station

Ord Land and Water, with support from Rangelands NRM have been undertaking an extensive weed eradication program over the last 12 months on Nicholson Station in the East Kimberley. Dick Pasfield, Coordinator at Ord Land and Water said the weed mesquite had great potential to spread and seeds were likely to be carried downstream by the Nicholson River further into the Ord River Catchment. [Read more]

Other News

School of the Air Photo Competition

We've now got all our entries in for the SOTA Photo Competition. This year, we've received a total of 130 photo entries from 56 individual students from SOTA's across our region: Kimberley, Port Hedland, Carnarvon, Meekathara and Kalgoorlie. The entries are currently being judged and results are eagerly awaited. Thanks to our sponsors Scitech, Creata Direct Learning and Australian Geographic for donating prizes. Photos entered will appear in our Annual Report, on our website and throughout other publications.

New regional office opens in Geraldton

Rangelands NRM has opened a small office in Geraldton to service the Gascoyne, Murchison and Southern Rangelands regions. The address is: 2B, 201 Foreshore Drive, Geraldton WA 6530. Staff located in the office include: Jane Bradley (Program Manager, Southern Rangelands), Bevan Gray (Indigenous Facilitator), Bill Currans (Project Development Coordinator) as well as the new Landcare Facilitator (Southern Rangelands) who will commence in January 2013.

Staff Profile

Jane Bradley - Program Manager (Southern Rangelands)

Jane has 15 years’ experience in environmental management and sustainable agriculture in a range of environments.  After completing her degree in land management as a mature age student, Jane has lived and worked in SA, NSW and WA, gaining a broad range of skills and knowledge. With a particular interest in the holistic view of systems, Jane is keen to work with land managers to develop and adopt alternative ways to improve productivity and environmental health, and generate different income streams in the rangelands. Jane is based in the Geraldton office. [Read more about the Rangelands NRM Staff]

Events
We don't need a map: a Martu experience of the Western Desert - 16 Nov – 20 Jan 2012, Fremantle Arts Centre: This remarkable exhibition includes the work of more than 30 artists and is an exploration of the Martu people, their way of life, the way they care for country and belong to it. [More information online]
27-30 Nov 1012, Perth: Society for Ecological Restoration (SERA) Conference. For land managers, scientists and practitioners who work in biodiversity restoration, this SERA meeting will provide a critical international forum at a time of significance for the region's species, ecosystems and landscapes. [More information online]

3-7 December, Melbourne:  Ecology: Fundamental science of the biosphere: The Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia is the pre-eminent conference on ecology in Australia, bringing together ecologists from academic, government and non-government backgrounds. [More information online

12 Dec 2012, Perth: Rangelands NRM Annual General Meeting: The AGM of the Rangelands NRM (WA) Coordinating Group will be held in Nedlands, Perth on Wednesday 12 December 2012.

2013, Darwin Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Land and Sea Managers Network. Date TBC. [Register your interest]
Grants and Funding
Biodiveristy Fund: The Biodiversity Fund is targeting Northern Australia in order to maintain and, where necessary, improve the condition, extent and connectivity of native habitats. [More information online]
Carbon Farming Futures Extension and Outreach Program: Applications are now open for the Gillard Government’s $64 million Carbon Farming Futures Extension and Outreach Program. Individuals and organisations can apply for grants to assist farmers and land managers to adopt technologies and practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative. [More information online]
 
National Wildlife Corridors Plan Released - a bold vision for reconnecting the Australian landscape through a network of wildlife corridors across Australia. [Report available online]

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