April 2013
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Dear Reader

           
It's been a busy couple of months with Rangelands NRM staff working to prepare a number of grant applications. We have submitted three Northern Australia Biodiversity Fund applications for the Kimberley, a Pilbara Coast Target Area Grants (TAG) expression of Interest and two Kimberley TAG applications.
 
Some new grants are now open for application: Community Environment Grants, Coastwest Grants 2013/14, Carbon Farming Futures - Action on the Ground and nominations are now open for the 2013 State Landcare Awards. See the 'Grants and Funding' section below.
 
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Until next month...
 

Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager, Rangelands NRM
Contents

Latest News
Pastoralism
Indigenous
Desert Rangelands
Biodiversity
Other News
Staff Profile
Events
Grants and Funding

 
 
Latest News

New team member for Pilbara Corridors project

The Pilbara Corridors project has a new team member. Mary-Anne Clunies-Ross arrived in Karratha on 25 March 2013 to join Rangelands NRM Pilbara Program Manager Bill Cotching on the project. Mary-Anne works on behalf of Greening Australia WA, a key partner in this extensive landscape scale project for the Fortescue Catchment. [Read more]

Regional Planning Processes evaluation undertaken

The 2012 Rangelands NRM Regional Plan is currently being written and will be completed by June 2013.  The plan was developed by directly asking community members and stakeholders, such as State Government agencies, to locate on a map and describe environmental, cultural, or economic assets using the Investment Framework for Environmental Resources (INFFER) process. The initial asset identification mapping was undertaken through 11 workshops held across the rangelands. [Read more]

Pastoralism

Indigenous Environmental Management Plans piloted in the Midwest

Rangelands NRM in partnership with the Midwest Indigenous Landholder Service (MILS) has embarked on two pilot projects in the Midwest that will benchmark the environmental status of Mt Wittenoom and Ullawarra Stations. The process incorporates the use of local indigenous knowledge and science to formulate an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for future conservation and environmental management as well as production on their pastoral properties. [Read more]

Indigenous

Declaration Ceremony to take place for Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area

The declaration ceremony for the Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area will take place on Tuesday 23 April 2013 at Milyinirri (Well 6 on the Canning Stock Route). The ceremony will be run by Mungarlu Ngurraranktja Rirraunkaja Aboriginal Corporation (MNR), the Registered Native Title Body Corporate (RNTBC) that holds the native title rights and interests over the Birriliburu native title determined area on behalf of the Birriliburu native title holders. [Read more]

Desert Rangelands

Collaboration established in the Great Sandy and Little Sandy deserts

Rangelands NRM is facilitating collaboration in the Great Sandy and Little Sandy deserts near Telfer with three resource companies, the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and Traditional Owners. Representatives from Newcrest Mining Limited (Telfer gold-copper mines), Aditya Birla Minerals (Birla Nifty copper operation) and Cameco Australia (Kintyre joint venture uranium exploration project) have now met a number of times with DEC and Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ), to discuss how they can effectively share information and knowledge relating to land management in the area west of the Telfer minesite in the Great Sandy Desert in the East Pilbara region of WA. [Read more]

Biodiversity

Underwater filming and field guides to protect Pilbara freshwater fish

An underwater documentary of the freshwater fish of the Pilbara region has been commissioned by the Murdoch University, as part of a Rangelands NRM and State NRM funded project. Thirteen species of freshwater fish are suffering enormous pressure due to resource projects in the region. It is intended that the resources created by this project will be used as educational tools by schools and the general community. [Read more]

Early action needed to prevent spiny cactus spread

Rangelands NRM is advising that early identification and control of weedy cactus species are essential if they are to be prevented from spreading further in WA’s outback areas. Rangelands NRM’s Geraldton-based Regional Landcare Facilitator, Paul Erkelenz, said the group of spiny weeds has already established some strongholds in parts of the Northern Goldfields and pose a threat to agriculture and the natural environment. [Read more]
Other News

UWA monitoring nutrient run-off and toxic algae in Roebuck Bay to protect migratory birds

Nutrient enrichment and the subsequent effects of increased toxic algae at Roebuck Bay have been monitored by a University of Western Australia (UWA) project funded by the State NRM office. The project measured the impacts of increased nutrients in the seawater which are thought to promote the spread of the quick growing algae Lyngbya majuscula. [Read more]

New Field Guide to Pest Animals iPhone App

iPhone and iPad users can now access the latest information about Australia’s pest animals via the new Field Guide to Pest Animals App. Developed by the Invasive Animals CRC, this App contains species profiles for 31 of Australia’s worst pest animals, including species descriptions, photo galleries, footprints, audio calls, maps, control techniques and quick links to plenty of pest control resources. Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, it is hoped it will extend to Android devices in the future. For further information, contact Peter West, Invasive Animals CRC (Orange office) on (02) 6391 3887 or Email. Download the App from the Apple Store.
Staff Profile

Dave Blunt, Finance & Administration Manager

After gaining a degree in Business and a couple of years’ experience with Hamersley Iron, Dave based himself in Europe and worked in various jobs in Austria, Switzerland, France and England (seeing the world along the way). He returned to Perth to “settle down” and has spent the last dozen or so years in internal accountant-type roles for Perth businesses including the last seven years in the environmental consulting arena. Dave is married with a 8 year old son and a 7 year old daughter and lives in Mosman Park. When not in front of a computer you will find Dave on/in the ocean, in the country or when finances permit, back on his snowboard. Dave is based in the Nedlands office. [Read more about Rangelands NRM Staff]

Events
- Healthy Animals, Healthy Landscapes Workshop: Linking plants and land with grazing herbivores, Geraldton 22-23 April | Pilbara 24-25 April [More info]
- World Indigneous Network (WIN) Conference - Darwin, 26-31 May 2013. An opportunity for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community land and sea managers to come together, connect and share stories and experiences. [More info]
- RecycleWater 2013, Melbourne, 30-31 May 2013 [More info]
- Kimberley Reference Group Meeeting, Lotteries House, Broome, 14 June 2013.
           
- 2013 WA State Coastal Conference - Esperance, 31 July - 2 August 2013. "Balancing Communities and Coasts" - Abstract Submissions close 5pm Friday 1 March. [More info]
Grants and Funding

2013 State Landcare Awards

Landcarers and coastcarers across WA are encouraged to submit a nomination for the 2013 Awards. The awards honour the invaluable work that is being undertaken by the Landcare community, with the winners from all State and Territory Awards going forward as finalists to the prestigious National Landcare Awards in 2014. There are nine national categories, covering a range of environmental projects and themes, including sustainable agriculture, coastal rehabilitation and Indigenous land management.  Individuals, schools, community groups and networks working to protect or restore local environments, farms, coastlines, native vegetation, bushlands, wetlands, waterways, and more, can be nominated. For more information visit the WA Awards section of the Landcare Australia website or email Natalie Moore at the State NRM Office or phone: 08 9368 3166

Community Environment Grants

Community Environment Grants form part of the Sustainable Environment stream of the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program. Grants of between $5000 and $50 000 (GST exclusive) are available to help community groups and organisations to contribute to the sustainable management of Australia’s environment. Community Environment Grants were previously known as Community Action Grants (CAG). For more infomation visit the Caring for Our Country website. Applications close 8 May 2013.

Coastwest Grants 2013/14

Coastwest Grants are provided by the Western Australian Planning Commission to support projects designed as a response to the challenges facing Western Australia's coastal environments. Partnerships of community groups and coastal managers – local governments, Aboriginal land councils or state government departments – are invited to apply. Projects may involve site or local area planning; on-ground action; identification and monitoring; project support; capacity building or any combination of these activities. The total funding pool is $500,000, with up to $150,000 available for individual projects. The closing date is Monday 24 June 2013. Application kits can be downloaded from the Western Australian Planning Commission website.  

Carbon Farming Futures - Action on the Ground

The second funding round of the Carbon Farming Futures - Action on the Ground program is now open. People seeking additional information on Action on the Ground can either: email DAFF, visit the Action on the Ground website or telephone 1800 025 005. Applications close at 5pm (AEST) Thursday 23 May 2013

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