June 2014
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Dear Reader

Mid-way through the year already! Time certainly does fly!
             
This month we are pleased to be opening entries for the 2014 Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition. We are looking forward to receiving some great entries from the kids living in the rangelands of WA. We are also very pleased to announce we have some generous sponsors to support the 2014 competition: Gold Sponsors - Gaia Resources and ChemCentre, Silver Sponsor - Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee, and Bronze Sponsors - Swish Design and SciTech. Thank you so much for your support!
 
Our online Regional Plan is now up and running (and announced last month). Please make sure you visit the site (http://regionalplan.rangelandswa.com.au/) and follow the link to complete our feedback survey and go into the draw to win a mini iPad (drawn 1 August). Make sure you also have a look at our two animations that explain all about the plan and how to navigate and use it.
 
Best Wishes
 
Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager
Contents

Latest News
Carbon and Climate Change
Pastoralism
Coastal Projects
Indigenous
Desert Rangelands
Biodiversity
Other News
Events
Grants and Funding

  
 
Latest News

Rangelands NRM team with WA Museum for In The Wild West Lecture Series

Earlier this month saw the official launch of the WA Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West Lecture Series, proudly sponsored this year by Rangelands NRM. The launch took place at the Maritime Museum on 4 June followed by a lecture by Professor Lyn Beazley AO on 'Seeing with eyes ancient and modern: how we and other animals see the world', which drew an audience of over one hundred. [Read more]


2014 School of the Air Photo Competition about to kick off

 The 2014 Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition will kick off at the beginning of July, encouraging kids living in the outback of WA to take photos of ‘colour in the rangelands’. The competition, run by Rangelands NRM, is now in its fourth year and aims to engage with children and their families living in the outback of WA. [Read more]
Carbon and Climate Change

Biomass sampling undertaken on DeGrey Station

An extensive three-week field sampling program for sequestered carbon was successfully completed at DeGrey Station in the Pilbara during May. As a comprehensive benchmark study, it aims to provide pre-trial data on sequestered carbon stocks so that the effect of the changed management can be assessed in the future on the upcoming grazing trial. [Read more

Pastoralism

Cactus control underway in the Murchison

The Rangeland Fibre and Produce Association has been supported by State NRM to commence control of the cactus species Opuntia elatior in the Murchison region. The infested area is visible along a small creek-line that crosses the Great Northern Highway after escaping from the garden of a Station homestead where it was planted over 70 years ago. [Read more]

Coastal Projects

Science on the Broome Coast talks continue

Don't miss the next talk in this series of Science Presentations showcasing the exciting marine research underway on Roebuck Bay and the Kimberley coast. Head down to the Broome Public Library from 6-7pm on Wednesday 2 July 2014 to hear two talks: 'The fantastic birdlife of Roebuck Bay and the adjoining Plains' (Chris Hassell) and 'Can migratory birds transmit bird flu to Northern Australia?' (John Curran). [More info] [Download poster]

Indigenous

Yadgalah Aboriginal Corporate forge ahead with new grants office

Shark Bay-based Yadgalah Aboriginal Corporation (AC) has employed a grants officer for their organisation thanks to support from Rangelands NRM to successfully win funding from the State NRM office. Based in the town of Denham, the project idea was to provide support for a Grants Officer, to undertake grant writing training, explore available grants as well as applying for funding as it is announced. [Read more]

Desert Rangelands

Department of Parks and wildlife call for public to record sightings of endangered bilbies

The Department of Parks and Wildlife have released a poster detailing information of signs of the threatened bilby. Parks and Wildlife are keen for members of the public to contribute to the conservation of this species. The bilby (Macrotis lagotis) is a nocturnal, burrowing marsupial with large ears, soft, blue-grey fur, a long pointed snout and a black tail with a white tip. [Read more]

Biodiversity

Collaboration continues to manage endangered Monsoon Vine Thickets

The highly productive and diverse collaboration of the Kimberley Nature Project to manage the endangered Monsoon Vine Thickets (MVTs) of the Dampier Peninsula near Broome, continues into the next phase. Ecological Projects Coordinator at Environs Kimberley Dr Malcolm Lindsay said new funding from Rangelands NRM and the Commonwealth Government will allow continued protection of the MVTs and the natural and cultural management of the patches already identified as priorities. [Read more]

Researchers propose waterless barrier to stop cane toads in their tracks

Researchers were in Broome last month to share their ideas on how to control the spread of the ‘invincible’ Cane Toad past the Kimberley. Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at The University of Melbourne, Dr Reid Tingley said the Cane toads have reached the Kimberley and there is no sign that their conquest is nearing completion. [Read more]

Other News

New Executive Manager for WA NRM Regional Leader's Group

The NRM Regional Groups have appointed a new Executive Manager who will start on 1 July 2014. Kathleen Broderick has previously worked with the Tasmanian NRM regions and as a CEO of a NRM region. [Read more

Events
  • 2 July 2014 Science on the Broome Coast, Broome Public Library 6-7pm - 'The fantastic birdlife of Roebuck Bay and the adjoining Plains' (Chris Hassell) and 'Can migratory birds transmit bird flu to Northern Australia?' (John Curran). [More info]
  • 16-24 August 2014 - National Science Week - Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians – get involved, taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation. [More info]
  • 17-19 September 2014 - National Landcare Conference, Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne. [More info]
  • 23-25 September 2014 - 10th Anniversary AMRRIC Conference 2014: One Health - Indigenous Community Animal Management, Darwin [More info]
  • Sept 2014 - 19th Australasian Weeds Conference - Hobart [More info]
  • 2-4 December 2014 - 2014 Australasian Wildlife Management Conference (AWMS), Brisbane. The conference is open to all areas of wildlife management and all wildlife managers are encouraged to participate. [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]
  • 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
  • 2014 Australian Farmer of the Year Awards - nominations are coming to a close on Friday 27 June. Kondinin Group and ABC Rural are urging farmers and farming families to nominate. [More info]
  • Bob Hawke Landcare Award - nominations are now open and can be made online. Entries close 4 July with the winner set to receive up to $50,000 to help build their skills in sustainable land management. [More info]

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