October 2013
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Dear Reader

I am very pleased to announce the Winners of the 2013 Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition in this eNews. This year's competition attracted  119 photos from 42 individual students from the five SOTA schools: Kimberley, Port Hedland, Carnarvon, Meekatharra and Kalgoorlie. The winner was Eric, a Year 2 student from Kimberley School of the Air with his photo 'Dingo Freedom' - on the cover of this month's eNews. Thanks very much to our sponsors of this year's competition: Swish Design, Prevailing Wind Productions, Claremont Embroid Me, Scitech, the WA Museum and the Johnson Family.
 
A massive congratulations also to Linda Anderson of the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC) who won the Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator Award for the WA State Landcare Awards and to Kandy Curran from the Roebuck Bay Working Group who won 2013 Regional Achievement and Community Awards: CSBP Environment Award.
 
As the end of the year fast approaches, I would like to remind readers of the Rangelands NRM Annual General Meeting that will be held in Como on Wednesday 6 November.
 
Regards

Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager           





 
Latest News

2013 SOTA Photo competition winners announced

Rangelands NRM are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition. The overall first prize of a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera goes to Eric (Year 2) from Kimberley School of the Air. Eric’s image ‘Dingo Freedom’ of dingo pups sitting above a waterhole impressed all of the judges. Runner up was Saskia, a Year 3 student also from Kimberley School of the Air. Saskia’s photo ‘Dinner’ captures the moment a snake was about to feast on a frog. She will receive a compact digital camera. [Read more
Carbon and Climate Change

Yoweragabbie field sampling adds to carbon knowledge

A substantial field campaign was recently undertaken aimed at understanding the distribution and concentration of sequestered organic carbon in the soils and vegetation of the Woodline land system. From mid-August to early-September 2013, an enthusiastic and competent team of 12 people undertook extensive sampling and data gathering at Yoweragabbie Station, close to Mt Magnet township in the Murchison region of WA approximately 330 km east of Geraldton. [Read more]

Pastoralism

Linda Anderson wins State Landcare Award for work with weeds

Linda Anderson from the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC) is the proud recipient of the Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator Award for the WA State Landcare Awards. The 2013 WA Landcare Awards were presented by the Governor, His Excellency Mr Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, at a function at Government House in Perth, on 16 October. [Read more]

Investment in weed risks and management strategies in the Pilbara

The Pilbara Corridors project will invest in an assessment of the weed risks and management strategies for a large part of the Pilbara that covers the Fortescue, DeGrey, Turner, Yule and Sherlock river catchments. Dr Bill Cotching, Program Manager (Pilbara) from Rangelands NRM said this is a collaborative study between the Pilbara Corridors Project and the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) with co-funding from a mining offset that will be undertaken by the Ecosystem Sciences Division of CSIRO. [Read more]

Coastal Projects

Roebuck Bay Working Group wins State environment award

The Roebuck Bay Working Group (RWBG) has won the 2013 Regional Achievement and Community Awards: CSBP Environment Award for the outstanding and innovative projects they have been delivering in Broome to reduce blooms of Lyngbya in Roebuck Bay and to develop community based management plans.   [Read more]

Indigenous

Cultural Corridor concepts presented to Carnarvon community

Concept plans for transforming the old Aboriginal reserve in Carnarvon to a cultural parkland have been handed over to the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation this month. Rangelands NRM engaged Steve Vigilante of Vigilante Landscape Architecture to survey the potential for a parkland to be created by the community for the community and deliver three conceptual plans of what the park could look like. [Read more]

NRM training resources for Aboriginal people in the Pilbara

New resources outlining pathways for Aboriginal training and employment in the natural resource management (NRM) sector in the Pilbara have been produced by Rangelands NRM. An A3 poster ‘Pathways to a career on the land’ is accompanied by a brochure outlining the necessary courses and qualifications needed to work as a pastoral station worker, in pest and weed control, as a ranger or landcare worker and in conservation earthworks. [Read more]

Biodiversity

Prescribed burns help to restore native mammal populations

A recent study has shown that regular, prescribed burns are assisting to restore native mammal populations in the North and Central Kimberley. The Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) through the ‘EcoFire’ regional fire management project funded by Rangelands NRM has been looking at the interactions between introduced herbivores and fire on small to medium-sized native mammals. [Read more]
Staff Profile

Grey Mackay - Program Manager (Kimberley)

Grey comes to the role with a sound knowledge of the Kimberley region having previously worked as Kimberley program Manager with Greening Australia. Prior to moving to Broome with his family in 2012, his roles included South West Program Manager as well as managing significant national clients. Grey has worked as a business development manager and has extensive experience with the spatial industry (including GIS, satellite and aerial imagery). He is passionate about the Kimberley and is keen to work with partners and communities to manage our resources more sustainably. Grey is married to Jacqui and together with their four children have settled nicely into their new life in the Kimberley. Grey is based in the Broome office at Lotteries House. [Read more about Rangelands NRM staff]

Events
22-24 October - Southern Rangelands Sustainable Pastoralism Bash, Meka Station [Read more]
22-27 September - 9th European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference. Turku, Finland
15-17 October - Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities’ (AMRRIC) 2013 Alice Springs  22-27 September
6-7 November - 10th annual Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference. Sydney,  6-7 November, organised by Australian Farm Institute [More info]
6 November - Rangelands NRM Annual General Meeting, Como WA
3-5 February 2014 - Australian Science Communicators Conference
26-29 May 2014 - 16th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference, Brisbane, Queensland [More info]
Grants and Funding

Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program

Assists rural and regional coastal land managers to develop coastal strategies and management plans for coastal areas that are, or predicted to become, under pressure from a variety of land uses and users. Up to $50,000 is available per project.  [More info

Rural Women's Award

The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s pre-eminent Award for rural women. It identifies and supports emerging leaders and change agents who have the capability and resources to drive innovation, productivity and sustainability within primary industries, and build economic and social development within rural communities. The Award provides a $10 000 bursary to state winners to assist them to implement their vision for rural and regional Australia. Nominations for the 2014 Award closes 31 October 2013 [More info]

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