March 2014
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Dear Reader

There are lots of NRM-related activities, conferences and workshops this month!
Some representatives from Rangelands NRM will be at the National NRM Conference this month in Launceston, as well as at the WA State NRM Conference in Busselton in May.
We're pleased to be associated with a number of talks taking place in the Kimberley - 'Science on the Broome Coast’  and the 'Kimberley Biodiversity Research Seminars'. There's also the 'Grazing Land Management Workshop' and 'One Day Pasture Identification Workshops' happening in the Pilbara. See below for more details. 
Rangelands NRM would also like to announce the seven recipients of community funds via the WA State NRM office. Each of these projects will be described in more details in future issues of the eNews.
Kind Regards
Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager

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Latest News

Rangelands reps head to National NRM conference

Three representatives from Rangelands NRM will be attending the 5th National NRM Regions Knowledge Conference this month. The conference is being held in Launceston from 17-19 March 2014 and will bring together regional NRM organisations from around Australia along with NRM practitioners from Australian and State/Territory agencies and non-government organisations. [Read more]  

Seven groups funded for NRM capacity building and community engagement

Seven community groups in the WA rangelands will receive support for small projects to build capacity and community engagement in 2014. The WA Government through the WA State NRM Office has allocated $250,000 to Rangelands NRM for 2013/14 to this end. Rangelands NRM Operations Manager John Silver said Rangelands NRM will provide services that increase engagement with rangelands community groups, improve the communication between the State Government and the community, improve the efficacy and efficiency of NRM investment, and enhance regional and local governance. [Read more]

New executive support for Pilbara Regional Biosecurity Group

Money allocated from the WA State NRM office will go towards employing a part-time executive office for the Pilbara Regional Biosecurity Group (RBG). Coordinated through Rangelands NRM, the funds will be used by the group to build capacity and enable them to access financial and technical support for effective natural resource management (NRM). [Read more]

Coastal Projects

April ‘Science talk’ to focus on snubfin dolphin research

Onshore dolphins is the topic of the second ‘Science on the Broome Coast’ talks that will take place at Broome Public Library on 9 April 2014 from 7-8pm. The talks are being run by the Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG) in partnership with Nyamba Yawuru Buru. [Read more]

Desert Rangelands

Support for recovery of threatened species in Birriliburu and Kiwirrkurra

Traditional Owners are working to support rare and threatened fauna in remote Western Australia through combining traditional knowledge with contemporary science. Funded through Rangelands NRM, and managed by the Central Desert Native Title Service (CDNTS), the project will focus on the management of key threatened fauna species and priority biodiversity assets in the Birriliburu and Kiwirrkurra determinations. [Read more]


Fire Forum harbours good discussion and collaboration

Nearly 40 people attended the inaugural cross-regional NRM Fire Forum last month to share, discuss and learn from each other’s experiences across the WA rangelands. The Fire Forum, initiated by Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) and supported Rangelands NRM was held at the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) facilities in Perth 19-20 February.  The discussion brought fire management to the forefront incorporating perspectives from biodiversity conservation, pastoral and Indigenous groups.  [Read more]

New WA species listed under the EPBC Act

On January 17 2014, recovery plans for the following listed species were adopted under the EPBC Act: Carnaby’s cockatoo, Recherche rock-wallaby), black-flanked rock-wallaby, warru, black-footed rock wallaby (MacDonnell Ranges race), black-footed rock-wallaby (West Kimberley race), western swamp tortoise, and the quokka. [Read more

Other News

Upcoming biodiversity research seminars in the Kimberley

A series of seminars will take place in Kununurra and Broome next month to highlight some of the biodiversity research projects taking place in the Kimberley. The Northern Australia Hub of the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) is working with on-ground partners to undertake biodiversity research beneficial to the Kimberley. [Read more]

Staff Profile

Mel McDonald - Project Coordinator (Broome)

Mel grew up and has worked on various farms and stations across WA and in Queensland. She has university qualifications in Environmental Science and Environmental Restoration. Working at Rangelands NRM allows her to combine her passions of farming and looking after the land. Mel says that the most exciting part of her job is working with dynamic and passionate people to continually find better ways to do things for sustainable farming businesses and resilient natural resources. Mel is based in the Broome Office but also works from home at Yeeda Station, near Derby in the West Kimberley. [Read more about the Staff at Rangelands NRM]

  • 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.