May 2014
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Dear Reader

It's been a busy month at Rangelands NRM!

Firstly, we are very pleased to announce the launch of our Online Regional Plan. You can visit this online at regionalplan.rangelandswa.com.au. There are two short animations to explain what the plan is about and how to use it and we would be very pleased for your feedback. In fact, you could be in the draw to win a Mini iPad by filling in our online feedback survey.
We will be officially launching the Online Regional Plan on Wednesday 4 June, together with a new partnership with the WA Museum - the 2014 In The Wild West Lecture series. The first lecture will be given by Professor Lyn Beazley AO 'Seeing with eyes ancient and modern: how we and other animals see the world'. There will be more lectures programed for all regions of the WA rangelands, so stay tuned for more information!
 
We've also had some informative workshops that you can read about in this month's edition.
 
Remember that you can engage with Rangelands NRM online through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (see links to the right)!
 
Kind Regards

Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager
Contents

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

  
 
Latest News

Rangelands NRM Regional Plan now online

A live and interactive Regional Plan, presenting important information about environmental ‘assets’ in the WA rangelands, is now online. The online plan has an integrated mapping tool, and will provide clear direction to Rangelands NRM to strategically guide investment in managing our most highly valued natural assets. [Read more]
 

2014/15 Budget Overview Implications for NRM

The Coalition Government’s budget was announced on Tuesday 13 May 2014. For NRM groups, the key message is that indicative commitments made for funding of Caring for our Country components will need to be reviewed and revised downwards. This includes regional delivery funding. [Read more]

Spotlight on Safety

Over the past year Rangelands NRM has made a significant effort and investment towards ensuring that all people working on a Rangelands project – both staff and our delivery organisations – have safety at the forefront of their minds.  We now have a number of measures in place including an on-line health and safety system which provides a fast and efficient way of recording things such as training and induction requirements and reported incidents so that we can provide the necessary evidence to WorkSafe. [Read more]

Launch of the In The Wild West Lecture Series

The official launch of the WA Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West Lecture Series, sponsored by Rangelands NRM, will take place at the Maritime Museum on Wednesday 4 June at 7pm with the topic 'Seeing with eyes ancient and modern: how we and other animals see the world'. Take a journey along the electromagnetic spectrum with Professor Lyn Beazley AO as she explores what we and other animals can see, whether we can achieve bionic vision to restore sight and emulate our success in restoring hearing via cochlear implants, and what the world of radio-astronomy can reveal. COST: Gold coin donation,  BOOKINGS: Essential on 1300 134 081 or via the online booking system.
Pastoralism

Upper Gascoyne Landcare Group shares and cares

Pastoralists from the Upper Gascoyne LCDC recently met at Mt Augustus to share their great achievements in catchment erosion and sediment control. Rangelands NRM is funding members of the Upper Gascoyne LCDC through the Catchment Erosion and Sediment Control project to undertaken work and trials, particularly to retain water in the landscape and reduce the risk of soil erosion. [Read more]

Kimberley pastoralists gain a deeper understanding of animal behaviour

Pastoralists gained a deeper understanding of animal behaviour, the “nutritional wisdom” of grazing animals and the plants they graze and the new range of possibilities to change grazing management and improve rangeland condition and animal productivity at the Self-Shepherding workshop held in Broome this month. [Read more]
Coastal Projects

Roebuck Bay, a special place for snubfin dolphins

An exciting discovery in recent years on the Kimberley coast has been the identification of the Australian snubfin dolphin (Orcaella heinsohni) as a new species to science. Worldwide, this unconventional-looking dolphin with a melon shaped head and smiley mouth, only occurs in shallow waters of northern Australia and possibly southern New Guinea.  Roebuck Bay, on the doorstep of Broome, is one of a few places known to be frequented by these typically shy animals, with pods of ‘snubbies’ often seen in the bay’s busy deep water channel and creek mouths. [Read more]

The Inland Wetlands of Roebuck Bay

The next talk in the series 'Science on the Broome Coast' will take place on Wednesday 18 June at the Broome Public Library from 6-7pm. Dr Vic Semeniuk, mangrove ecologist and stratigrapher will speak about the amazing ecosystem with a 7,000 year history and take the audience on a journey to discover the internationally significant ecological, cultural and scientific features of Roebuck Bay and Roebuck Plains. [Read more]
Indigenous

Indigenous projects showcased at State NRM Conference

A number of Rangelands’ NRM Indigenous projects were showcased at the State NRM Conference in Busselton last month. Rangelands NRM Indigenous NRM Projects Officer Bevan Grey spoke in a session on ‘Aboriginal Engagement’ presenting on ‘What is working in the rangelands – how patience pays’. [Read more]

Biodiversity

Pilbara Corridors pasture identification workshops across the Fortescue catchment

The Pilbara Corridors project went on a travelling roadshow last month to deliver a series of pasture identification workshops to local cattle stations across the Fortescue catchment. With Western Australia's arid shrubland plant guru Andrew Mitchell leading the team, the one day practical, hands-on workshops gave pastoralists and other land mangers the opportunity to discuss and identify different types of native pasture species readily grazed by their cattle such as various herbs, grasses and shrubs.  It also provided an avenue to learn key characteristics of some of the main native plant families in the Pilbara. [Read more]

Other News

‘Kimberley to Cape’ Roundtable discusses future development in Northern Australia

Earlier this month, some 90 representatives and leaders from organisations and groups across the top of Australia gathered in Darwin to discuss the future of development in Northern Australia. ‘Kimberley to Cape’ hosted a two day Northern Australian Futures Roundtable that focused on Northern Australian land and sea futures. [Read more]

 

Are you influencing natural resource management in the Fitzroy River catchment, Kimberley WA?

Researchers are studying how organisations involved in natural resource management (NRM) are collaborating with each other in the Fitzroy River Catchment of the Kimberley. A team from the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) are contacting organisations who work in any aspect of NRM in the Fitzroy catchment in the Kimberley to learn more about which organisations they work with on NRM activities. [Read more]
 

2015 Pastoral Lease Renewal - Public Consultation Forums

The Department of Lands is holding a series of free community consultations to discuss the renewal of the State’s pastoral leases. The forums will address a number of key issues related to the renewal process and give attendees the opportunity to provide feedback. Forums will be held in the following locations:
  • Kalgoorlie - Tuesday 13 May - Overland Motel
  • Marble Bar - Thursday 22 May - Marble Bar Civic Centre
  • Carnarvon - Thursday 29 May - The Wool Shed
  • Karratha  Thursday 5 June - Lotteries House
  • Fitzroy Crossing - Wednesday 11 June - Fitzroy River Lodge
  • Mt Magnet - Monday 16 June - ANZAC Hall

To register your interest please contact Emma Hodson on 08 6552 4526 or email 2015@lands.wa.gov.au

Staff Profile
For more information on the staff of Rangelands NRM, check out our website and see who is in your region. [More about Rangelands NRM staff]
Events
  • 13 May-16 June 2014 Public Consultation Forums for the 2015 Pastoral Lease Renewal. Various locations. See above.
  • 26-29 May 2014 - 16th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference, Brisbane, Queensland [More info]
  • 19 June 2014 Workshop - Designing, Implementing and Monitoring Landscape Scale Projects, Perth
  • 20 June 2014 - Talk - 'Emotions, motivation and vacuum cleaner bazooka' Dr Graham Walker (6-7pm), Broome 
  • 17-19 September 2014 - National Landcare Conference, Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne. [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
  • State NRM Grants - Local community groups can now apply for grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 to support important natural resource management activities. Applications close 20 June. [More info]
  • Green Army Grants - The Commonwealth government has released information about Green Army employment projects and grants. [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]
  • 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. Applications close 30 May 2014 [More info]
  • Coastwest grants of $5,000 - $ 80,000 are available for local area planning; on-ground action; identification and monitoring; capacity building or any combination of these activities. Applications close on  Monday June 30. For more information visit the Western Australian Planning Commission website.

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