February 2014
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Welcome to the February eNews from Rangelands NRM!

This month we are introducing some new projects that are being funded through the Commonwealth Government including
reducing nutrients from entering Roebuck Bay, producing a Healthy Country Plan for the Spinifex Community, protecting endangered turtles from feral predators and tackling cacti infestations in the Pilbara.  
 
There's lots of events coming up in the calendar and we are pleased to offer four grants to attend the State NRM conference 'The Tipping Point'. Time is tight, so read application details below.
 
We'd also like to welcome Kira Andrews, our new Project Manager (Kimberley) who is based in our Broome office.
 
Kind Regards
Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager          
Contents

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

  
 
Latest News

Four grants to attend State NRM Conference

Are you planning on going to ‘The Tipping Point’ State NRM conference in Busselton from 7-9 May? We have four grants for people in the rangelands to cover the cost of full registration to attend this conference and give a presentation and/or present a poster. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation in Busselton.

We require a short paragraph, no more than 250 words outlining why you would benefit from attending the conference, and what you will be presenting on.  Applications are due by COB Tuesday 4 March (email info@rangelandswa.com.au). Applicants will be notified by COB Thursday 6 March if they are successful or not. Please note that abstracts are due in on Monday 10 March, so things are a bit tight! More information on the conference and its themes can be found at the conference website. 

Become a member of Rangelands NRM

If you are interested in 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.

Join us now! You can sign up online or download a membership form.

Rangelands NRM poster wins at Australian Science Communicators conference

Rangelands NRM trumped the poster prize at the recent Australian Science Communication (ASC) conference with their posters promoting the Ngurrawaana Rangers project and the School of the Air photo competition. Rangelands NRM’s Communication Manager Teresa Belcher attended the biennial ASC conference that was held in Brisbane 2-5 February.  [Read more]
Coastal Projects

Reducing nutrients from entering Roebuck Bay

Broome’s Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG) is commencing a new project focused on reducing nutrients from entering Ramsar listed Roebuck Bay. The award-winning RBWG has received further funding from Rangelands NRM through Caring for Our Country (CfOC). [Read more]

Indigenous

ESRM plans delivered on Aboriginal-managed pastoral leases

Rangelands NRM has been assisting Aboriginal held, owned or managed pastoral leases in the southern rangelands of WA to manage their properties in an ecologically sustainable way. Mt Wittenoom Station in the Murchison and Ullawarra Station in the Upper Gascoyne were chosen as two particular properties whose managers were highly respected amongst other Aboriginal corporations and businesses in the pastoral industry. [Read now

Desert Rangelands

Healthy Country Plan underway for Spinifex Community

A new project has commenced to assist the Spinifex community in the Great Victorian Desert to create a Healthy Country Plan. The plan will identify management strategies and actions for threatened species including Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) and the Southern Marsupial Mole (Notoryctes typhlops) both currently and historically known to occur within Spinifex Country. [Read more]

Biodiversity

Endangered turtles protected from feral predators

New funding from Rangelands NRM will help to protect endangered turtles from feral predators in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area. One of the biggest threats to turtle nests on the WA Ningaloo Coast is predation by feral animals such as the European red fox (Vulpes vulpes). Support has been provided to the Gnaraloo Station Trust by Rangelands NRM through funding from the Australian Government to prevent turtle nest predation by foxes, feral cats and wild dogs. [Read more]

New project to tackle cacti infestations in the Pilbara

A new partnership in the Pilbara will work to contain significant infestations and major outbreaks of cacti in the region. The Pilbara Corridors Project, Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC) and DAFWA will partner in the project funded through the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Fund. Introduced cacti are highly invasive plants and some of the worst are the Opuntioids. [Read more
Other News

'Science Talks' to the community in Broome

The Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG) in partnership with Nyamba Yawuru Buru, will be running a series of Science Talks in Broome during 2014. The first talk on the 7 March at 7pm at Broome Public Library will be delivered by Associate Professor Lars Bejder on the use of smart-phones to record and share observations of animal encountered in the natural environment. [Read more]

Staff Profile

Kira Andrews - Project Manager (Kimberley)

Kira has recently joined the Rangelands team after spending the last four years working with Indigenous Corporations throughout WA. She has extensive experience helping design and deliver sustainable land-based projects that generate economic as well as sustainable environmental outcomes. Kira originally hails from Canada but fled the cold ten years ago after completing a Masters in Economic Development. Kira has spent the last 10 years working on Community Development initiatives in various locales around the Southern hemisphere and is very pleased to recently relocate to Broome to concentrate her efforts on the Kimberley region. Kira is located in the Broome office. [Read more about the Staff at Rangelands NRM]

Events
  • 3-6 March 2014 - 26th Vertebrate Pest Conference (USA). Big Island, Hawaii
  • 5 March 2014 - Information session on new policies on Indigenous employment, Lotteries House, South Hedland [More Info and register by 27 Feb with Ollie Smith or phone 08 9138 3111]
  • 17-19 March - 5th National NRM Regions Knowledge Conference, Launceston, Tasmania [More info]
  • 17-20 March 2014 - 7th National Carbon Farming Conference and Expo, Rydges Lakeside, Canberra [More info]
  • 21 March 2014 (Geraldton) - Discussion about Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper - The issues paper identifies the key matters the government would like input on and will guide the development of the White Paper. Issues include access to finance, competitiveness through the value chain, reducing inefficient regulation, enhancing agricultural exports and managing drought for the longer term. Submissions are due by 5pm EST 17 April 2014. The towns and regional centres the taskforce will visit are available on the website. To find out more visit [More info]
  • 6-9 April 2014 - Grazing Land Management Workshop, Mermaid Hotel, Dampier. More info from Rebecca Dray via email or phone 08 9143 7006.
  • 12, 14, 16 April - One Day Pasture Identification Workshop, Pilbara. Mardie (12th), Mulga Downs (14th), Ethel Creek (16th). Delivered by Andrew Mitchell. More info from Mary-Anne Clunies-Ross via email or phone 0427 860 554
  • 3-4 May 2014 - North West Expo, Broome - Early Bird registrations are now open [More info
  • 7-9 May 214 - State NRM Conference, Busselton [More info
  • 26-29 May 2014 - 16th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference, Brisbane, Queensland [More info]
  • Sept 2014 - 19th Australasian Weeds Conference - Hobart [More info]
  • 12-16 April 2015 - 18th Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society, Alice Springs. 'Innovation in the Rangelands'
  • 20-24 November 2015 - 23rd International Grassland Congress (IGC-2015), New Delhi, India. The main theme of the Congress is “Sustainable use of grassland resources for forage production, biodiversity and environmental protection.
Grants and Funding
  • Green Army Grants - The Commonwealth government has released information about Green Army employment projects and grants. [More info]
  • Industrial Transformation Research Hubs - The Australian Research Council this month opened a second round of funding for Industrial Transformation Research Hubs, a scheme that engages Australia's best researchers in issues facing the new industrial economies and training the future workforce. One of the priorities is 'food and agriculture'. [More info]
  • 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards - Do you know an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation or project that is really kicking goals? Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton are proud to launch the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards. Applications close 30 May 2014 [More info]
  • Farm Finance Concessional Loan Scheme for WA - aimed at boosting the productivity of broadacre, pastoral, horticulture, dairy, intensive agriculture and aquaculture businesses. Applications for round 1 open on 20 January and closes COB 30 April 2014. For more information about the scheme, contact DAFWA's rural business develop section on 1800 198 231 or email
  • 2014 Riverprize - Riverprize is the world's most prestigious environmental award, giving recognition, reward and support to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management. [More info
  • 2014 Animal Control Technologies Award - honours field operators for Practical Pest Management Excellence [More info]

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