November 2013
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Dear Reader
 
Over the past few months we have been going through the process of selecting a person to replace me as the General Manager of Rangelands NRM. That process is now complete and from a strong field Gaye Mackenzie has been appointed. Gaye will take over at the 6 January 2014.
 
I wish Gaye really well, and I hope that she gets as much satisfaction from the role as I have had for most of my time in Rangelands. One of the key reasons I have not only survived in NRM, but also enjoyed my time has been because of the support of all the people in our organisation that have contributed, and all the members of our communities I have been able to meet and work with.
 
It may sometimes feel like a long and tough road to actually finding a period of work in NRM which provides satisfaction and achieves the outcomes we aspire to. However, it does happen and with the certainty around our funding now, once new projects are up and running there will be a relatively long period when you can enjoy the many good things that will come from these.
 
I will still be responding to all GM issues until the 24 December as my handover officially ends at that time.
 
Regards
 
Brian Warren
General Manager, Rangelands NRM
Contents

Latest News
Pastoralism
Biodiversity
Other News
Staff Profile
Events
Grants and Funding

  
 
Latest News

Final report and YouTube film showcase CfOC achievements

A great deal of work has been undertaken and coordinated by Rangelands NRM over the past four years of the Australian Government Caring for Our Country (CfOC) program. A detailed report – ‘Final Report – Caring for Our Country 2009-13’ has been produced and is available for download on our website. In addition, a 25 minute film, highlighting the achievements was produced and shown at the Annual General Meeting on 6 November. The film is available to watch on our website via YouTube.

2013 AGM showcases past and present

The Rangelands NRM Annual General Meeting was held on 6 November at the Esplanade River Suites in Como, with 38 people in attendance. The AGM was followed by a number of presentations. Bevan Grey spoke about key achievements working with Aboriginal groups. A film was shown showcasing the key achievements from the past four years of Caring for Our Country and Dr Bill Cotching presented on the current activities of the Pilbara Corridors Project. Each of the Program Managers also presented ‘the future’ plans and projects for their regions. The 2012/13 Annual Report and Scorecard was also released and is available for download from the website. [Read more]

Pastoralism

Sustainable pastoralism ‘bash’ culmination of action learning projects

The Southern Rangelands Sustainable Pastoralism ‘Bash’ last month brought together a host of pastoralists who have been working on community-based action learning projects. Rangelands NRM supported the Yalgoo Producer’s Group field event which was held at Meka Station, about 110km north of Yalgoo from 22–24 October 2013. The event raised a lot of public interest with some 100 attendees over the three days.  [Read more]            

Pilbara Corridors commences ESRM plans in the Fortescue Catchment

The Pilbara Corridors project team began its first round of Ecologically Sustainable Rangeland Management (ESRM) plans on two cattle stations in the Pilbara in September 2013. Rangelands NRM Pilbara Program Manager Dr Bill Cotching said ESRM plans are aimed at capturing environmental, business and livestock goals and the existing environment of the property to ensure sustainable land management outcomes. [Read more]
Biodiversity

New survey helps understand habitat and threats to Kimberley rock wallabies

Aboriginal Traditional Owners have been assisting with survey work to collate information on data gaps and threats to rock wallabies in the Kimberley. The Rangelands NRM-funded project enabled WWF-Australia to work in partnership with Aboriginal rangers, community groups, University of New England (UNE) and the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) to record the occurrence of three threatened rock wallaby species: Narbalek (Petrogale concinna), Monjon (Petrogale burbidgei) and the Black-footed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis). [Read more]

99 per cent of Rubber vine eradicated on the lower Fitzroy River

Intensive on-ground control on the lower Fitzroy River in the Kimberley has seen over 99 per cent of the so far identified infestation of the invasive weed Rubber vine, destroyed. The project, jointly funded by State NRM Strategic grants program and Rangelands NRM, has enabled ‘Team Rubbervine’ led by John Szymanski, to cover approximately 25,000 hectares in the past three years searching for and controlling the rubber vine infestations. [Read more]

Other News

Envirorolls 'rock' at Bidgemia

A Gascoyne Junction pastoral business has been using innovative approaches in the construction and use of envirorolls to rehabilitate bare areas on their property. Jodie McTaggart from Bidgemia Station said the use of alternative materials and techniques had greatly streamlined the process of constructing and installing the rolls.  [Read more]

Pilbara Corridors Project showcase at the Karratha Business Expo

The Pilbara Corridors Project recently exhibited at the first inaugural Karratha Business Expo, showcasing its project work, partnerships and highlight threatened species in the Fortescue Catchment. The two-day expo, held at Karratha’s new Leisureplex from the 3-4 October 2013, was an initiative of the Karratha and District’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KDCCI). [Read more]

Staff Profile

Bevan Gray, Indigenous NRM Project Facilitator

Bevan is a Cabinet Maker by trade who worked in the industry for several years before embarking on a career in public service. He has worked extensively in the criminal justice system as a clerk, judicial support officer, Assistant Clerk of Courts, Registrar and as an advocate for aboriginal people. He has studied law at Deacon University in Geelong.
Bevan sees NRM as a vehicle that can quickly Close the Gap of disadvantage suffered by many aboriginal people and works diligently to administer a smooth pathway to NRM. Being an aboriginal man with a very keen interest in the environment and an extensive network of contacts allows for good linkages that in turn create real opportunities for the conduct of sustainable NRM activities across the rangelands of WA. Bevan’s strength is in communication and working directly with people to build the necessary capacity to properly care for country. Rangelands NRM WA prides itself on our many partnerships, both in government and the corporate sector, which collectively result in strong local outcomes for people, their environment and the economy. Bevan is located in Geraldton. [Read more about Rangelands NRM staff]
Events
  • 5 December, 10.30am Perth time - Online webinar - Grazing Best Management Practice: our industry - our standards - presented by FutureBeef [More info and to register]
  • 3-5 February 2014 - Australian Science Communicators Conference [More info]
  • 3-6 March 2014 - 26th Vertebrate Pest Conference (USA). Big Island, Hawaii
  • 3-4 May 2014 - North West Expo, Broome - Early Bird registrations are now open [More info]
  • 26-29 May 2014 - 16th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference, Brisbane, Queensland [More info]
  • Sept 2014 - 19th Australasian Weeds Conference - Hobart
  • 12-16 April 2015 - 18th Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society, Alice Springs. 'Innovation in the Rangelands'
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]

State NRM Funding

The State NRM has announced its next round of project funding - $3.4million committed to natural resource management supporting 122 community projects throughout Western Australia. Those in the rangelands region of WA are listed below. [Read the full list for all of WA]
 

Proponent

Project title

Carnarvon Rangelands Biosecurity Association

Control of significant outlier infestations of strategically important WoNS weeds

Carnarvon WoNS control partnership 2014

Cactus control Marrilla (project one); cactus control Mardathuna (project two)

Central Desert Native Title Services

Protecting the biodiversity values of Windich Springs and its catchment through collaborative land management on the Canning Stock Route

ECOCEAN

Reviewing the impact of tourism on the whale shark population off the Ningaloo coast

Goldfields Land and Sea Council

Weed management in the Great Western Woodlands

Goldfields Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association

Mertondale / Menzies invasive cactus roundup

Nicholson Range Management Committee

Protecting the ecologically significant Nicholson Range in the Murchison from total grazing pressure

Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee

Tackling invasive WoNS in the Ashburton catchment

Tackling weeds on the Yannarie River

Rangelands Fibre and Produce Association

Control of significant outlier infestations of strategically important WONs weeds

Southern Gascoyne Group

Improving condition and reducing rainfall run off from stations surrounding the Shark Bay World Heritage Area

Track Care WA

Bringing life back to Katjarra

Upper Gascoyne LCDC

Upper Gascoyne erosion and sediment control demonstration

[Read more]

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