August 2013
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Dear Reader

Welcome to the August 2013 edition of the Rangelands NRM eNews.           

In early September, the Perth Head Office will be moving from Nedlands to new office accomodation in Como. The new address is Suite 8, 125 Melville Parade, Como WA 6152.
 
The new office boasts more space to house our Perth staff plus a meeting room and plenty of free parking for visitors (a bit different from the difficult parking situation around Hampden Road...). New phone numbers are yet to be received, so please check next month or our website for more details closer to the move.
 
One date to put in your diary is out upcoming AGM that will be held in Perth on Wednesday 6 November 2013.
 
Kind Regards
 
Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager
Contents

Latest News
Carbon and Climate Change
Pastoralism
Indigenous
Biodiversity
             Staff Profile
Events
             Competitions

 
 
Latest News

Become a member of Rangelands NRM

If you are interested or working within natural resource management, membership of Rangelands WA provides you with the opportunity to have access to the latest information and industry networking opportunities. Membership to Rangelands NRM is free. As a member you receive:

  • Key publications including ‘The Rangelands Roundup’ magazine and our Annual Report.
  • Monthly e-News.
    Access to participate in Rangelands NRM workshops, seminars and training programs.
  • Access to Rangelands NRM staff to assist with grant applications and project development.
  • Invites to networking opportunities.
  • The opportunity to contribute to NRM decisions within your region.
  • Latest NRM updates and opportunities from federal and state government.

We would like to have you as a member if you are not already, you can sign up online or download a membership form.

Carbon and Climate Change

New partnership with ChemCentre provides expert carbon analysis

ChemCentre, the WA Government Laboratory based in Perth has partnered with Rangelands NRM to provide expert analytical services of field samples collected as part of the Carbon Awareness Program. ChemCentre provides NATA-certified, highly professional analytical services at the scale required by our field campaigns where many hundreds of soil and vegetation samples from particular land systems are collected for analysis each year. [Read more]

Pastoralism

Setting the direction for the Rangelands Fibre and Produce Group

In May this year, the Rangelands Fibre and Produce Group (RF&P) reviewed and assessed its direction and is now on track with a positive plan for the next five years. With funding from Rangelands NRM and the State NRM Office, the group was able to take stock of where it was at, and discuss where it would like to be in five years’ time with the assistance of Agknowledge facilitators Peter Cooke and Nicol Taylor. [Read more]

WA Pastoralists Spend a Day With Allan Savory

Four pastoralists from WA’s rangelands joined 100 other participants to hear the ‘father of the Holistic Management philosophy’ Allan Savory present at Mataranka in the Northern Territory this month. With travel support from Rangelands NRM WA’s Sustainable Pastoralism program, Harry and Alys McKeough, Cam Brooks and Kurt Elezovich joined other pastoralists, representatives of NRM organisations, agency staff at the “A day with Allan Savory – Conversations on Carbon, Cattle and Creating True Capital” forum at Mataranka NT on 13 August. [Read more]

Tackling erosion control in the Upper Gascoyne LCDC area

The Upper Gascoyne LCDC has completed a project using conventional methods and trialling innovative new ways of erosion control.
With funding from Rangelands NRM and the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country, six stations undertook on-ground activities to address erosion control issues in their particular context, enabling a range of methods to be used.  [Read more]
Indigenous

New land management training for Ngurrawaana Rangers

The Ngurrawaana Rangers and community elders met this month with Mike Clark and Bill Cotching from the Pilbara Corridors project to plan training in conservation and land management for the Rangers. Supervised training will begin in August with a project to undertake landscaping and tree planting in a focal area of the community coordinated by Mary-Anne Clunies-Ross from the Pilbara Corridors team. [Read more]

Biodiversity

Volunteers measure carbon on Yarrie Station

Fifteen Care for Hedland volunteers spent a weekend last month on Yarrie Station taking environmental measurements with guidance from Rangelands NRM and Greening Australia staff. Four adjoining stations in the DeGrey River catchment have recently formed the DeGrey Catchment Development Group to improve their environment and to develop new business opportunities based on regenerative land management. [Read more]

Staff Profile

Gaye Mackenzie - Strategy and Corporate Services Manager

Gaye joined Rangelands as an employee in October 2010 but prior to that had been providing monitoring and evaluation and communications support as a consultant for a number of years. She has extensive experience in social research, evaluation and project management across a diverse range of areas. Gaye has a BA in sociology and politics and a PhD in sociology and is passionate about the ‘people’ side of NRM, especially finding ways that people and groups can work together to achieve more than they could on their own. Gaye is based at the Nedlands office in Perth. [Read more about Rangelands NRM Staff]           

Events
  • 27-30 August 2013 - Good Behaviour Week [Read more]
  • 6 September 2013 - WA Sustainable Agriculture Forum at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, run by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA through its division Agriculture Resource Risk Management. [More info]
  • 15-19 September - The international Grassland Congress, Sydney [Read more]
  • 12-13 October - WA Beach Cleanup - Tangaroa Blue is looking for volunteers to join us for the 9th Annual West Australian Beach Clean Up - over the weekend of October 12th and 13th. [More info] Contact Renee Mouritz to register.
  • 22-24 October 2013 - Sustainable Pastoralism 'Big Bash' [Read more].
  • Sept 2014 - 19th Australasian Weeds Conference - Hobart. 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]
 Competitions 

2013 School of the Air Photo Competition now open!

This spring, Rangelands NRM WA will be running its third annual photo competition for children in the regions who attend School of the Air (SOTA): Kalgoorlie, Meekatharra, Carnarvon, Port Hedland and Kimberley. The 2013 photographic theme is ‘Life in the rangelands’. Entries close 5pm Monday 23 September 2013. [Read more]

Feral Photo Competition

The search is on for Australia's best invasive animal photo! Entry is free and there are great prizes up for grabs. The Invasives Animals CRC are looking for photos showing pest animals living in the wild, the damage caused by pest animals, and also photos that demonstrate the various methods that are available for pest monitoring and humane control. Don't miss your chance to win! Competition closes 30 September 2013. For more information, visit the Invasive Animal CRC website.

 

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