May 2013
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Dear Reader

 
Welcome to May's eNews from Rangelands NRM.
 
Our staff have been busy the past month attending and/or running a number of workshops and events.
 
Workshops in Geraldton and at DeGrey station had over 60 participants learn about 'Healthy animals and healthy landscapes for a healthy business' with Professor Fred Provenza. The Upper Gascoyne LCDC met at Yinnetharra Station to talk about increasing sustainability and productivity. And on the weekend just passed, a community coastal workshop was held in Port Hedland which taught participants about the evolution of the Pilbara coast environment, past and present coastal processes and the potential effects of predicted climate change.
 
Future Rangelands NRM events include a Cactus Forum in Leonora, 27-28 May and another coastal workshop on mangrove ecosystems on 15 June.
 
Until next month.
 
Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager 
 
Contents

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

 
 
Latest News

Engaging and communicating about Australia agriculture

An ‘Engage’ workshop held in Broome last month saw over 30 participants from the pastoral and supporting industries gather to learn how to engage and communicate more effectively. The workshop on 18 April was organised by Catherine Marriot of Influential People, WA 2012 RIRDC Woman of the Year and National Runner-Up. It followed on from the success of last years’ Influential Women’s Forum. [Read more]

Carbon and Climate Change

Climate Change Fund provides for ongoing review of regional plan

Rangelands NRM has been awarded a total of $475,600 over five years as part of the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Natural Resource Management Planning for Climate Change Fund. The Rangelands NRM project will work in conjunction with an ongoing review of the regional plan, to assess the suitability of the current plan, identify areas for further development and, through a community engagement model, provide a document that has climate change and the carbon economy fully integrated into the regional plan. [Read more]

Pastoralism

Workshop builds healthier animals and better production

Healthy animals and healthy landscapes for a healthy business was the topic of the last month’s BEHAVE workshops coordinated by Rangelands NRM and held in Geraldton and at the DeGrey Station in the Pilbara. The two day workshops, led by Dr Fred Provenza, Professor Emeritus of Utah State University and leading authority on animal feeding behaviour, covered the principles and research on diet selection by livestock. [Read more]
 

Improving pastoral productivity and sustainability in the Upper Gascoyne

Keeping rain in the landscape and the progress of a local mesquite control project were the big themes discussed when members of the Upper Gascoyne LCDC met at Yinnetharra Station in early April. Fourteen local pastoralists and four guest speakers participated in a full day’s program which was supported by Rangelands NRM. [Read more]
Indigenous

Desert Country now protected following declaration ceremony

More than 6.6 million hectares of WA's desert country is now protected following the declaration ceremony for the Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area that took place on Tuesday 23 April 2013 at Milyinirri – Well 6 of the famous Canning Stock Route – about four hours from Wiluna. With this dedication, Birriliburu becomes part of Australia's National Reserve System, ensuring future generations will continue to enjoy this amazing landscape.[Read more]

Desert Rangelands

Funding enables land management focus on Spinifex Country

The Spinifex People in the remote southeast corner of Western Australia now have the opportunity to work On-Country, receive land management training and gain employment as Indigenous Rangers thanks to Commonwealth funding from the Biodiversity Fund. The Spinifex Land Management and Cultural Knowledge Program (run by Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation) was successful in securing funding from the Biodiversity Fund for the Enhancing Western Desert Biodiversity, Connectivity and Ecosystem Resilience Project in May 2012. [Read more]

Biodiversity

Coordinated activity to treat Parkinsonia in upper Fortescue

Stakeholders from industry, NRM, government, community and pastoral leasees committed to develop a coordinated plan of action to treat Parkinsonia in the upper Fortescue catchment when they met in Newman during April. [Read more]

New website to help ‘battle the thorny menace’

A new website has been launched providing a whole host of information and resources to battle the thorny weeds of mesquite and parkinsonia in the Pilbara. The Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC) is a not-for-profit group which combines the knowledge and skills of government, industry, research, pastoral and community sectors to tackle the Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) in the Pilbara. [Read more]
Other News

Balanggarra Rangers tackle noxious weed in north Kimberley

As part of a State NRM funded project, Balanggarra Rangers tackled noxious weed infestations along the north Kimberley coast. Balanggarra Rangers facilitated by the Kimberley Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (KLC) focused the weed control program on biodiversity hotspots along the mouth of the Berkeley River and Bertram Cove. [Read more]

NRM opportunities showcased at Careers Expo

Greening Australia and Rangelands NRM staff combined efforts at the recent Newman Career Expo on 16 April. The Career Expo provided upper primary and high school students in Newman the opportunity to learn what a career in NRM and environmental management is all about. [Read more]

Staff Profile

John Silver - Operations Manager

John joined Rangelands NRM in 2006 as Program Manager and has previously worked in Regional Development, Coastcare and Landcare.  John completed a BSc as a mature aged student and has recently returned to Broome after living in Carnarvon, his hometown of Derby, Karratha, Dowerin and Perth. In his current position, John aims to integrate the needs of the people residing in the region with those of the organisation and our funding partners to ensure NRM remains meaningful and well placed to make an on-ground difference. John is located in Broome. [Read more about Rangelands NRM staff]

Events
- Cactus Forum - Leonora, 27-28 May. Contact Jane Bradley for more information.
- 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]
- World Environment Day- 5 June [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
- 19th Australasian Weeds Conference - Hobart, September 2014. Organisers are looking for suggestions for keynote speakers to present on weed issues in the environment and agricultural sectors, public and private sectors, or in any area that has some relation to weeds. Email Susan Ivory]

Grants and Funding

State NRM Community Grants

The Western Australian Government is making available $3 million to fund community projects as part of the 2013 State NRM Program. Grants of between $10 000 and $50 000 are available to eligible groups for any on-ground activity that will assist in the conservation, restoration, rehabilitation or enhancement of a local natural area, including land, water or marine areas, or the conservation of biodiversity. Applications are due Friday 5 July 2013 by email or post. Visit the NRM website for more information or email.

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.