December 2012
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Dear Reader

Welcome to our December 2012 eNews! The Christmas and New Year holidays are nearly upon us, so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the staff at Rangelands NRM!
 
I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition. The overall first prize of a digital SLR camera goes to Jessica (Year 6) from Kalgoorlie School of the Air. Jessica’s image ‘Under the Eucla Jetty’with the sun’s reflection impressed all of the judges. Runner up was Matilda, a pre-primary student from Meekatharra School of the Air. Matilda’s photo ‘Amazing wildlife in the desert’ captures birds taking flight. She received a telescope kit. Thanks to all the kids who participated and thanks to our sponsors Scitech, Creata Direct and Australian Geographic. The photos of the winners and runners up can be seen on our website and are also being posted on Facebook.
 
We held our AGM and an Ordinary General Meeting this month. The day had good attendance and a good overview of our work was presented by our program managers.
 
Our Annual Report 2011-12 and Annual Scorecard 2012 have also been published and are available to download from our website.
 
Best Wishes
 
Brian Warren
General Manager Rangelands NRM
 
Contents

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

 
 
Latest News

Open Expression of Interest (EOI) process

Rangelands NRM is proactively identifying project ideas, in collaboration with  stakeholders and partners to develop NRM projects that will have a high chance of getting funds and delivering quality results. Sometimes when funding opportunities are available there isn’t enough time available to fully plan projects and submit quality submissions. This Open Expression of Interest (EOI) process is a starting point to plan projects and develop partnerships. This process will also allow Rangelands NRM to identify where there are similar interests in similar projects, and may be able to join projects together and avoid separate projects competing for the same funding. [Read more]

Rangelands NRM Annual Report 2011-12

The Rangelands Annual Report 2011-12 and Annual Scorecard 2012 are now available to dowload. [Read more]
Carbon and Climate Change

Carbon Farming Demos - Call for Expressions of Interest

Rangelands NRM is seeking expressions of interest from groups of pastoralists who would like to host a carbon farming demonstration site as part of its Carbon Awareness Program. Demonstration sites will be established over the life of the project, which runs from 2012-2016. Demo sites will have comprehensive data collected and modelled on carbon
sequestration and other biophysical attributes. Expressions of interest are requested by 31 January 2013 in the first instance. It is anticipated that the first demonstration site will be established in mid-2013. [Read more]

Pastoralism

Restoring the floodplains of the DeGrey catchment

Last month, the DeGrey Sustainable Pastoralism Group held a planning workshop to trial rehabilitating flood plains at Yarrie Station, in the East Pilbara, using Natural Sequence Farming principles. As a result of the workshop, a detailed action plan for restoring an old flood plain was developed by Annabelle Coppin from Yarrie Station. It is hoped, that rehabilitation of the flood plains will result in more feed for cattle, and restoration of the natural habitat. [Read more]
Coastal Projects

Yawuru Rangers working to protect Roebuck Plains

Rangelands NRM are funding the Yuwuru Rangers to research the ecological and cultural values of Roebuck Plains. Their work will focus on the significant wetland types, and understanding the interface between saltwater and freshwater across the plains. [Read more]

Indigenous

Indigenous Environmental Management Planning on Mt Wittenoom

The Indigenous Environmental Management Planning (EMP) process is a joint funded, collaborative project being undertaken by Indigenous Landholder Services and Rangelands NRM. The project will commence in the New Year with Stage One being undertaken with the station manager and interested parties associated with the management of Mt Wittenoom Station. [Read more]

Desert Rangelands

Kuna collecting builds knowledge of desert fauna

Collecting the ‘kuna’ of introduced predators such as cats, dogs and foxes in desert country is helping traditional owners determine their prey and has also revealed the presence of a suite of small species that still exist in the western desert. Kuna, the Martu name for scats or faeces, was collected on Martu country in 2012 during the fauna track-based monitoring component of the Rangelands NRM-funded Desert Rangelands project. [Read more]

Biodiversity

Prickly acacia weed reduced by ninety per cent

WA’s largest infestation of prickly acacia weed has been reduced by 90 per cent in the two years, as part of an East Kimberley weed control project. A collaboration between Rangelands NRM and Ord Land and Water, the federally-funded Caring for our Country (CfoC) weed control initiative was carried out on an infestation covering approximately 12,000 ha of Indigenous land on the western side of Cambridge Gulf in the East Kimberley. [Read more]

Fire Threat to Monsoon Vine Thickets - Rangers and Environs Kimberley present to Science Conferences

Environs Kimberley and Aboriginal rangers from the Dampier Peninsula have teamed up to campaign for the threatened Monsoon Vine Thicket (MVT) to be recognised as Nationally Endangered. Environs Kimberley West Kimberley Nature Project and the Bardi Jawi and Nyul Nyul Rangers are making presentations to two scientific conferences on their collaborative work to protect one of the Kimberley's most threatened ecosystems. [Read more]
Other News

Winners of the Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition Announced!

Rangelands NRM are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition. The overall first prize of a digital SLR camera goes to Jessica (Year 6) from Kalgoorlie School of the Air. Jessica’s image ‘Under the Eucla Jetty’with the sun’s reflection impressed all of the judges. Runner up was Matilda, a pre-primary student from Meekatharra School of the Air. Matilda’s photo ‘Amazing wildlife in the desert’ captures birds taking flight. She will receive a telescope kit. The competition, which started in 2011 invites children living in the bush to submit photos of their ‘country’. Children from all five School of the Airs (Kalgoorlie, Meekatharra, Carnarvon, Port Hedland and Kimberley) took part. [Read more and view the winning photos and runners up]

Staff Profile

Volker Mischker, Program Manager (Kimberley)

Volker has over 28 years of experience within the environmental arena mainly within Western Australia and the Northern Territory. He has qualifications in Education, Land Rehabilitation, Forest Science, Management and Conservation and Land Management. Volker spent the previous 7.5 years working for Charles Darwin University running the land management team in all its training activities. He operated as a consultant in Esperance for over 12 years running many projects, catchment planning, trees on farms coordinator, surface water management surveying, with Greening Australia and operating his own tree nursery. He worked for the Kimberley Training Institute in both Broome and Derby and also ran a business servicing generators and solar systems on 21 small outstations throughout the Kimberley region. He has have lived and worked across many states of Australia and brings many of his experiences to his current role. Volker loves working in the environmental sector and is very passionate about the role that Rangelands' plays in assisting groups and individuals undertake a wide range of projects across the region. 

Events

EMU Workshop - 22 January 2013, Monkey Mia

A Building on EMU and Environmentally Sustainable Rangelands Management (ESRM) Workshop is being held on the 22 January 2013 at Monkey Mia. Members of the Western Australian Best Prac Group and other interested persons will be attending the half day workshop to hear from invited speakers talk about opportunities that exist from building upon existing EMU and ESRM plans. Speakers will talk on matters such as, the original ESRM ethos, future ESRM training course, how ESRM can inform: improving grazing management and herd productivity as well as using the ESRM process to identify opportunities e.g. Carbon Farming.  Speakers include Luke Bayley Charles Darwin Reserve, Greg Brennan (DAFWA), Bill Currans, Tim Wiley, Brian Warren and Karen Cosgrove Rangelands NRM WA.

Grants and Funding

First national biodiversity investment prospectus launched

Environment Minister Tony Burke has recently released the Australian Government’s first national biodiversity investment prospectus: One Land – Many Stories: Prospectus of Investment 2013-14. The prospectus sets out the vision for the next phase of Caring for our Country from July 2013. It also sets out the context for future investment under the Biodiversity Fund, the Regional Natural Resource Management Planning for Climate Change Fund, and the Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund. More information on the prospectus is available at www.environment.gov.au/prospectus and application guidelines for programs under the prospectus will be released over the coming months.

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