July 2014 
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Dear Reader

Welcome to the July issue of Rangelands NRM eNews.

We'd like to remind everyone to visit our Online Regional Plan and fill in our feedback survey and provide us with some valuable input to allow us to evaluate how well the plan is being received. If you do this before the end of the month you'll be in the running to win a Mini iPad (drawn 1 August).
 
We are also pleased to introduce three new staff at Rangelands NRM: Mary-Anne Clunies-Ross started with us as our Regional Landcare Facilitator, Ian Cotton has commenced as the Program Manager (Pilbara Corridors) and Chris Curnow has joined us as the Program Manager (Desert and Pilbara). Read their profiles in this eNews and next month (or online at our Rangelands NRM Staff page).
 
Regards

Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager
Contents

Latest News
             Landcare
Coastal Projects
Indigenous
Desert Rangelands
 Pilbara Corridors Project
Other News
Staff Profile
Events
Grants and Funding

  
 
Latest News

Call for feedback on Regional Plan

There is a chance to win a Mini iPad by visiting our Regional Plan website and providing feedback to us via our survey. Our online Regional Plan has been up and running since May and we encourage you to visit the site at http://regionalplan.rangelandswa.com.au/  [Read more]

Workshop explores practical aspects of Landscape-scale project

Representatives from natural resource management, industry, government, academia, community and NGOs gathered together in June to explore the practical aspects of Landscape-scale projects. Hosted by Rangelands NRM, the workshop on 19 June brought together over 60 participants and aimed to be the beginning of a ‘conversation’ to improve the impact on the ground in the WA rangelands. [Read more

Kimberley proves to be a frog hot-spot          

Hop over to the Western Australian Maritime Museum on Wednesday 30 July and dive into the fascinating frog world of the Kimberley, when Dr Paul Doughty presents Wet and Wild: Frogs of the Kimberley. Dr Doughty, Curator of Herpetology at the WA Museum, will delve into recent frog discoveries and explore a who’s who of frogs in this region, covering conspicuous tree frogs, rockhole frogs, burrowing frogs and more. This lecture is part of the 2014 In the Wild West lecture series, which, thanks to support from Rangelands NRM, will visit Broome, Kununurra, Port Hedland, Karratha and Carnarvon, with lectures repeated at WA Museum sites in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Perth and Fremantle over a six month period. [Read more]

 Landcare

Vote for WA finalist in National Landcare Award

The People’s Choice voting is now open for all finalist, with the winners being announced at the 2014 National Landcare Conference that will take place in Melbourne from 17-19 September 2014. Linda Anderson from the Rangelands NRM-supported Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC) is the proud recipient of the Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator Award for the 2013 WA State Landcare Awards, announced last October. [Read more]

Celebrate 25 years of Landcare

Landcare means many different things to many people and we want to see what a Day in the Life of Landcare looks like by finding out what it means to you. Help celebrate Landcare's 25th anniversary. [Read more
Coastal Projects

Dino tracks - Science on the Broome Coast

Join Dr Steve Salisbury, Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland on his talk 'Digital mapping of WA's dinosaur coast' at the Broome Library 6-7pm on Wednesday 13 August. Steve and his team from UQ are digitally mapping the Dampier Peninsula's dinosaur tracksites, lifting the cloak of secrecy on the significant sites in this region. The tracks to be mapped will include those in Roebuck Bay and close to Broome. Find out more at the Roebuck Bay Working Group

Indigenous

Ngadju learn how to fight fires fast

Twelve Norseman-based Ngadju people attended a bush fire training workshop last month to assist them to manage and prevent fires when on country. Ngadju Conservation in conjunction with Gondwana Link and Rangelands NRM arranged a two day bush fire training workshop in Norseman, hosted by Mr Macca Johnston, Area Officer, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Shire of Dundas. [Read more] 

Desert Rangelands

Women rangers support the recovery of Jundee

The women of Wiluna have been engaged for the past year and half in a project to provide environmental services that will support the recovery of the Jundee pastoral lease. The project is being run by Central Desert Native Title Services (CDNTS) with support from Rangelands NRM, on Jundee which is now owned by mining company Northern Star, having recently been purchased from Newmont Asia Pacific. [Read more]

Pilbara Corridors Project 

New Program Manager for Pilbara Corridors Project

The federally funded Pilbara Corridors project adds to its team of natural resources management specialists by appointing Environmental Scientist Ian Cotton as its new Project Manager. Mr Cotton has more than a decade of natural resources management experience, through his previous roles in Europe, Alaska and the mid-west of Western Australia. Mr Cotton’s extensive knowledge in operational natural resource management, environmental science, wildlife conservation, and business and project management will provide a depth of understanding of the project. [Read more]   

Other News

2014 WA Beach Cleanup

The countdown is on for the 10th annual West Australian Beach Clean Up that will take place on 11-12 October. With less that three months to go before the event Tangaroa Blue are encouraging people to get their registrations in as soon as possible. Last year 1512 volunteers removed 5,304 kg of rubbish off 310km of Western Australian coastline. Volunteers are invited to register as an individual or as a group and nominate a beach or stretch of coastline they will clean up over the clean up weekend. All materials, volunteer insurance and logistical support will be provided, all we need is lots of energy and many hands to help remove marine debris from the coast. [More info]

Feral Photo Competition

Across the nation the search is on for the best images of pest animals in action for Feral Photos, an annual photographic competition run by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IACRC). “We want to raise awareness about the damage pest animals cause and photography is a powerful tool to get the message across. Through these images we can show the environmental, agricultural and social damage that pest animals cause across the country,” said Jessica Marsh, the IACRC’s National NRM Facilitator, who is hosted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries. There is a limit of five photo entries per person and a range of great prizes will be on offer. The competition closes on 30 September 2014. Entries into the competition can be submitted online via the IACRC website.
Staff Profile

Mary-Anne Clunies-Ross - Regional Landcare Facilitator

Mary-Anne (or Mez) has been working as an Environmental Scientist for 10 years after completing a degree in environmental management. She has also recently completed a diploma in organic production. Mary-Anne has worked in both private and government sectors in WA over the last few years working closely with land managers and also undertaking biological survey work. Prior to this she has been involved in threatened species conservation and awareness. Mary-Anne has a passion for the rangelands, agriculture and the sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity. She hopes to continue this passion and drive in her professional and also personal life living out on a station in the Murchison region. Mary-Anne is based on a station in the Murchison region, and sometimes in the Geraldton office. [Read more about Rangelands NRM Staff]

Events
  • 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]
  • 20-21 October - National Farmers' Federation Congress, Canberra [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'
  • 2-4 December 2014 - Australiasian Wildlife Management Conference (AWMS), Brisbane [More info]
  • 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

    Lotteries West Grants - Conservation of Natural Heritage - Maintaining the health and diversity of the natural environment is critical to the survival of the species. These grants provide for activities that aid the conservation of natural habitats such as planting, protecting, publicity and more. These grants are available to not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities. [More info]

    Senate Inquiry into National Landcare Program - The Senate Committee for Environment and Communications has opened an Inquiry into the effectiveness and future of the National Landcare Program. Closing date for submissions is 8 August, 2014. Submissions close on 8 August 2014 [More info]

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