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December 2013
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Dear Reader

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Rangelands NRM!
 
Welcome to Rangelands NRM’s last newsletter for 2013 which I hope provides you with interesting and valued information and that you can enjoy.

This is an opportunity for me to say thanks to the Rangelands NRM staff who have contributed through the year to the newsletter and especially to Teresa, who has often under duress written some of the stories, edited and pulled together all the bits and pieces that go to make up the finished article. The more than 1000 readers we now have is a testament to the quality of the work done by her and to our contributors. I hope that next year this will be even bigger and that our readership increases and the work in the rangelands generates even more interest.  

The other main thing I want to do in this newsletter is to say thanks and goodbye. I have been with Rangelands NRM now for six years and I finish on the 24 December. In future newsletters you will see a new name up the front; Gaye Mackenzie has been appointed as the new General Manager and she will be in the office and raring to go on the 6 January.[Continued....Read more]
 
Brian Warren
General Manager, Rangelands NRM         
Contents

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

  
 
Latest News

Working on Country – Ngurrawaana Rangers

A new film has been produced by Rangelands NRM showing the work undertaken by the Ngurrawaana Rangers controlling the Weed of National Significance (WoNS) in the Pilbara. The work was part of the Caring for Our Country (CfOC) funding from the Commonwealth Government. View the film on the Rangelands NRM YouTube channel.

Rangelands NRM staff learn principals to spearhead the sustainable pastoralism program

Rangelands NRM took their first step under the new Caring for our Country 2013-2018 strategy aimed at Sustainable Pastoralism last month by participating in Rangelands Rehydration training. All Rangelands NRM operations staff converged on Warrawagine Station on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in the Pilbara to spend four days with Ken Tinley and Hugh Pringle learning the principals behind Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU). [Read more]

Pastoralism

Regional Landcare Facilitators gather at National Forum

Regional Landcare Facilitators (RLFs) from across the country gathered at a national forum earlier this month to share their experiences in natural resources management across Australia. The annual conference was held from 4-5 December in Tweed Heads, NSW and organised by the Federal Government which provides funds to regional NRM groups for Regional Landcare Facilitators. [Read more]

Pilbara Pasture Identification Workshops planned for April 2014

A series of Pasture Identification Workshops aiming to deliver simple, key components of grazing management to local pastoralists will be held in the Pilbara in April 2014. Sponsored by the Pilbara Corridors project, the workshops will be led by Andrew Mitchell and tailored to suit pastoralists in the west, central and eastern Pilbara. Greening Australia’s Pilbara Corridors Project Coordinator Mary-Anne Clunies-Ross said the one day workshops will provide pastoralists with key information and hands-on practical experience in identifying and managing pasture species at a local level. [Read more]
Indigenous

Next phase in Ngurrawaana Ranger partnership underway

The Ngurrawaana Rangers have signed a new agreement with Rangelands NRM to continue work to control the weed Parkinsonia in the Fortescue River catchment. This activity is part of the on-ground weeds action in the Pilbara Corridors, Fortescue Catchment Project and work will be undertaken on the Leramugadu Lease which is leased by the Ngurrawaana Group Aboriginal Corporation from the Water Corporation, and which surrounds the Ngurrawaana community in the lower Fortescue River catchment. [Read more]
Desert Rangelands

Threatened species protected in the Wiluna region through diverse partnership

A new project in the Wiluna region will bring multiple partners together to manage key threatened animals, protect habitat and share skills and resources in the interest of sustainable landscapes and communities. Funded through Rangelands NRM, and managed by the Central Desert Native Title Service (CDNTS), the innovative partnership model will bring together Indigenous, pastoral, government and industry partners to create a network of important habitat areas managed primarily for the protection of threatened and vulnerable species as well as contributing to improving broader biodiversity conservation outcomes at a regional scale. [Read more]

Biodiversity

Fire Planning Officer appointed in the Pilbara

A Fire Planning Officer has recently been appointed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) to work on the Rangelands NRM Pilbara Corridors project. Andrew Greenwood is based at Millstream Chichester National Park, and will be working across Pilbara’s Karratha District, primarily concentrating on Millstream Chichester and Karijini National Parks. [Read more]

Other News

Endangered sawfish populations monitored in the Kimberley

A team of scientists have been monitoring populations of the endangered freshwater sawfish in the Kimberley. The project, funded by the State NRM, aimed to increase the understanding of the ecology and habitat utilisation of Fitzroy River Freshwater Sawfish (Pristis pristis). Working with Indigenous rangers and other community members, Murdoch University’s Freshwater Fish Group and Fish Health Unit tagged over 200 sawfish throughout the Fitzroy River from Derby to Fitzroy Crossing since 2009. [Read more]

Staff Profile

Tim Wiley, Project Manager Sustainable Rangelands

Tim has 25 years’ experience in developing sustainable farming systems on the sand plain to the north of Perth. This included 19 years with the Department of Agriculture and Food developing farming systems based on fodder shrubs and perennial pastures. He was also involved in investigating carbon sequestration under these perennial systems.  Before joining Rangelands NRM, Tim was a private consultant for two years in Wiluna and Marble Bar. Tim’s role in the Pilbara is to support land mangers to plan and sustainably manage their rangelands. He is also working to help develop Carbon Funding Initiatives (CFI) carbon offsets for the rangelands. He is also the Regional Landcare Facilitator for the Pilbara and the Kimberley. Tim is located in Marble Bar, WA. [Read more about Rangelands NRM staff]

Events
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

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