January 2013
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Dear Reader

Welcome to the first Rangelands NRM newsletter for 2013.  I hope the year is great for you and brings a lot of pleasure as well as successes.

Last year was a mixed one for Rangelands NRM but we left it with a very positive feel. I hope the new challenges we face in this one will make for an interesting year and not one we wish away.

The positives we have from last year are largely because of the support provided to us by people in the rangelands communities.  You contributed to our successes and to our future by just reading our newsletters, talking to others about some of the things we supported and generally acknowledging our presence in the region.  I am confident that in 2013 we have your support to do the best we can with you to protect the integrity of the natural environment of WA.  We know we can’t do this alone and everyone has their part to play in protecting the wonderful natural resources of our region. 

Just prior to Christmas I found a quote by Albert Einstein, which was “look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better”.  This reflects our rangelands and their importance to all our communities.  I hope that through the newsletter and our other communications you will “look deeper into nature” and find useful.  We are always keen to hear from you and to try and respond in a positive way to your ideas and perceptions.
All the very best for the year, please keep reading our newsletters and become an interactive part of Rangelands NRM through our communications channels.
 
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. The initial deadline is 30 January 2013, but forms can be submitted any time after this point and will be reviewed as they are received. [Read more]

Carbon and Climate Change

Carbon Farming Demos - Call for Expressions of Interest by 31 January

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

Is Bellyache Bush taking over your pastures?

At this time of the year any decent rain in Northern Australia will have resulted in a flush of growth of bellyache bush, a Weed of National Significance. Large areas of river flats and riparian areas will be taking on a purple-red or green hue depending on the type of bellyache bush that occurs in the area. Kay Bailey, National Bellyache Bush Coordinator provides advice to landholders on how to control Bellyache Bush. [Read more]
Coastal Projects

Coastal Projects Road Trip

In Early February, Jimmy Dobson, Rangeland NRM's Coastal Projects Coordinator will be doing a road trip along the rangelands coast from Carnarvon to Broome. He will be stopping to talk to community groups, government agencies and local councils about current projects as well as possible future ones. Jimmy will be available to discuss different funding opportunities for the upcoming year and beyond. He has already identified stops in Carnarvon, Shark Bay and Port Hedland and is looking for people in other towns along the coast who may be interested in participating in Coastal NRM projects. If you are interested in discussing funding opportunities, developing projects or would just like to find out more about Rangelands NRM’s coastal works, please contact Jimmy.  Dates will be fixed shortly.

Indigenous

Carnarvon to get Anzac/Cultural Corridor

Rangelands NRM is working on a whole of community project to develop an ‘Anzac/Cultural Corridor’ in Carnarvon. Bevan Gray, Rangeland NRM’s Indigenous Facilitator said the project is being developed as a whole of community project to ensure a quadruple bottom line is met when completed. There will be the economic, environmental and social outcomes, but moreover a cultural outcome to benefit not just Carnarvon but the State of WA in general.  [Read more]

Desert Rangelands

Small patches of burnt habitat thought to improve skinks’ chance of survival

Fauna surveys in the western deserts have found burrows of a vulnerable skink species in areas where small patch burns have occurred,  suggesting that traditional owner burning to hunt and ‘clean up country’ close to the communities is helping to protect the species. The survey work has been undertaken as part of the ‘Desert Rangelands Project’ funded by Rangelands NRM to record the presence of native species including the Martu-named Mulyamiji (Liopholis kintorei or great desert skink). [Read more]

Biodiversity

Mangarr ecosystem recognised as priority ecological community

A 100-year old mangarr ecosystem on relic dunes on Broome peninsula has been recognised as a ‘priority one' (P1) ecological community following several applications to the state by local environment group Environs Kimberley (EK). Known to botanists as Sersalisia sericea, mangarr is culturally important to the Yawuru people, and a renowned local bushtucker species. It is rare to find such an abundance of mangarr this old. [Read more]

New Weeds of National Significance announced

In October/November 2012, Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) Coordinators held a series of workshops across south-west WA to introduce the twelve newly-announced WoNS and gain input into strategic plan development and help to determine how best to deliver strategic outcomes for the new WoNS and weed management in general. A representative from Rangelands NRM attended one of these workshops and we continue to remain in contact with the WoNS coordinators to enable continued collaboration in this process. [Read more]

Booklet highlights Kimberley's most threatened ecosystem

Broome Botanical Society has worked with Environs Kimberley to release important research about one of the Kimberley's most threatened ecosystems; Monsoon Vine Thickets of the Dampier Peninsula. The Federal Government is currently deciding whether or not to list this culturally significant and environmentally important ecosystem as Nationally Endangered under the EPBC Act (1999). The Rangelands NRM-funded ‘West Kimberley Nature Project’ is now supporting Broome Botanical Society to publicity release their findings. [Read more]

Other News

Miriuwung Gajerrong Fire Management success

For the last two and a half years, the Yawoorroong Miriuwung Gajerrong Yirrgeb Noong Dawang Aboriginal Corporation (MG Corp), with support from the State NRM has been developing and implementing a successful fire management program on the Miriuwung Gajerrong rangelands. [Read more]

Invasive Animals CRC Update – January 2013

The Invasive Animals CRC (IA CRC) has recently embarked on a further five years of work under the Commonwealth Government’s Cooperative Research Centres program. They are continuing investigation into new methods of detection and management of the impacts of Australia’s key vertebrate pest species such as rabbits, wild dogs and carp. The IA CRC also has a national NRM facilitation and engagement project that helps deliver this research and knowledge to on ground practitioners and land managers through all the NRM agencies. The NRM facilitation and engagement team can also offer technical advice regarding regional vertebrate pest strategies and facilitate coordinated group management across various land tenure. New PestSmart resources have been finalised and inlcude the glovebox guide for managing rabbits, the working plan to manage wild dogs, guidelines for preparing a working plan to manage wild dogs, guidelines for planning carp fishing competitions, and many more. Contact Jessica Marsh for further information.

Staff Profile

Bill Currans, Project Development Coordinator

Bill has over 17 years of experience working in regional NRM, both in WA and NSW. Bill started his career in community facilitation and sub-regional planning, and moved into regional NRM work covering regional catchment planning, regional NRM delivery and investment planning. He has a strong background in program and project planning, implementation and evaluation, along with experience in contract management. Bill has worked with NRM funding programs since 1995, so he has a good understanding of the great results that can be achieved from good ideas and good planning.

[Read more about Rangelands NRM Staff]

Events

Plan Pepare Prosper (PPP) Program

DAFWA would like to remind people of the opportunity to attend the free Plan, Prepare and Prosper Workshops or the one day Refresher Course for those who have already done the PPP program. A minimum number of six businesses is normally required for a workshop to go ahead. $1,100 (incl GST) is available to cover travel and accommodation costs. Details of the Plan Prepare Prosper program and the new user friendly application forms can be found at the DAFWA Website

9th Annual Wetland Management Conference: 1 February 2013

The Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre invites registrations for its 9th Annual Wetland Management Conference to be held at the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre on Friday 1 February 2013 in celebration of World Wetlands Day. The primary objective of the Conference is to provide an annual opportunity for the exchange of information and ideas between wetland practitioners with a focus on the latest developments about how to effectively manage and restore wetlands. More info at the Cockburn Wetlands Website.

Heritage Festival 2013: April - May 2013

Join the National Trust in celebrating Australia’s cultural heritage in the 2013 Heritage Festival. Through talks, tours, exhibitions and events across Australia, the National Trust invites you to explore our heritage and find out how we shaped Australia.
Registration is through an online form available on the National Trust Website.
Grants and Funding

Carbon Farming Futures – Filling the Research Gap Round 2 Grants

The Carbon Farming Futures – Filling the Research Gap program will invest $201 million to support research into emerging abatement technologies, strategies and innovative management practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the land sector, sequester carbon and enhance sustainable agricultural practices. The second funding round of Filling the Research Gap will also support the development of adaptation strategies and encourage international research collaboration. Up to $50 million in competitive grants funding is available for projects in the second funding round of Filling the Research Gap. Organisations are also invited to apply to undertake coordination roles for national research programs to connect projects and facilitate knowledge sharing between researchers working on related research priorities. Applications need to be received by 5:00pm (Canberra time) on Wednesday 23 January 2013. Website | Email | Phone: 1800 108 760 

Coastal Adaptation and Protection (CAP) Grants Program 2013/2014

CAP Grants are a State Government grants program which provides funding to coastal managers to undertake projects associated with identifying and adapting to coastal hazards. The grants (formerly known as the Coastal Protection Grants) are administered by the Department of Transport's (DoT) Coastal Management group. Applications for the 2013/2014 CAP Grants are now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 19 April 2013. Please visit the DoT website for more information and download the CAP brochure.

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