August 2014
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Dear Reader

Welcome to the August edition of our eNews. 
 
This month we look at protecting the Fairy Wren environment at Mt House in the Kimberley, making the most of moisture in the southern rangelands plus the Ngadju visit to the Martu Birriliburu IPA.
 
We'd also like to congratulate Tony Linn who was the winner of a Mini iPad after visiting our online Regional Plan website and providing feedback! We'd still value your feedback (although the competition is now closed). Visit our Regional Plan: http://regionalplan.rangelandswa.com.au/ 
 
Kind regards
 
Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager
Contents

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

  
 
Latest News

Congratulations to mini iPad winner!

Congratulations to Tony Linn, Shed Co-ordinator, Ingkintja Male Health at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation who was the lucky winner of a Mini iPad. Tony won the prize after 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. [Read more]
 
Pilbara Corridors Project 

Guide helps to ID pastures in the Pilbara           

A Pasture Identification Guide has been produced to assist Pilbara Pastoralists to manage their grazing pastures. Pasture Identification: A field guide for the Pilbara’ was produced as part of the Pilbara Corridors project, to be used in conjunction with the recent hands-on workshops. Written by Western Australia's arid shrubland plant guru Andrew Mitchell and Mary-Anne Clunies-Ross, the guide assists in the identification of different types of native pasture species readily grazed by their cattle such as various herbs, grasses and shrubs. [Read more]

 

Pastoralism

Making the most of moisture in WA’s Rangelands

The recent early warm, dry spell on the back of a run of below average winters in the southern rangelands of Western Australia has again highlighted the constant challenge that pastoralists face in making the most of every drop of rain received. Rangelands NRM’s Sustainable Pastoralism Manager Paul Erkelenz said water use efficiency was a well understood and much measured and managed factor in dryland and irrigated cropping systems but less so in rangelands grazing businesses. [Read more]          
Coastal Projects

Infographics used to educate about nutrients in the Bay

A series of infographics explaining how to build and maintain a coastal garden have been designed to educate the Broome public about reducing nutrients running into Roebuck Bay. The Roebuck Bay Working Group Inc. (RBWG Inc.) with help from the Society of Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals (SKIPA) and support from Rangelands NRM, has developed a simple Gardening the Roebuck Bay Friendly Way card.  [Read more]

Talks on the Broome coast

The next 'Science on the Broome Coast' talk is - Distribution and movement of groundwater of the Broome Peninsula – implications for Roebuck Bay (Associate Professor Ryan Vogwill) and Stormwater runooff, first flush effects and drivers of Lyngbya blooms (Gayan Gunaratne). Wednesday September 3, 6-7 pm, Broome Public Library, Corner Hamersley and Haas Streets, Broome.            

Indigenous

Ngadju visit Martu Birriliburu IPA

Six Ngadju members of the Mallefowl and Invasive Weed project recently met with the Martu ranger team to experience Martu management practices at the Carnarvon Range.The Carnarvon Range is located four and a half hours north east of Wiluna and straddles the Canning Stock Route and is within the Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). [Read more]

 Landcare 

The Green Army is open for business

The Green Army, a nation-wide program that provides opportunities for young Australians to undertake environmental training and work experience, is now underway, with the announcement of the first 196 Green Army projects to roll out across the country. These projects will kickstart the first year of the Green Army with further projects to be identified in the coming months. [Read more]

Biodiversity

Rubbervine eradicated from fairy wren habitat

Recent work to eradicate a rubbervine infestation along the Adcock River will assist with the survival of the EPBC-listed Purple-crowned Fairy Wren. Through funding from Rangelands NRM, the WA Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) worked with the Wunggurr Rangers to control and survey occurrences of ‘Ornamental rubbervine’ (Cryptostegia madagascariensis) from the Adcock River close to Mt. House station homestead in the Kimberley.
 [Read more]

Other News

Completion of Nickol Bay Levee Bank mitigates future Carnarvon floods

The completion of the Nickol Bay levee, part of flood mitigation works in Carnarvon, was officially marked with a ceremony in June and was attended by a number of dignitaries. The $60 million project was funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program ($45 million) and the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund ($15 million). [Read more]

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

Chris Curnow - Program Manager (Deserts & Pilbara)

Spanning national and international contexts Chris has spent more than 20 years engaging land managers and communities from all walks of life for socio-economic and environmental outcomes. He has lived and worked all over the Americas and the Caribbean, including more than six years working with Amerindian communities in Central and South America. He started his career in 1990 in the semi-arid rangelands of western NSW with the then Soil Conservation Service, delivering rangelands extension services to pastoralists from Hungerford to Ivanhoe and Nyngan to Wilcannia.
Between 2003 and 2013 Chris held the position of WWF-Australia’s Program Manager – Southwest Australia Land Manager Engagement. He worked to promote private land conservation that complements the National Reserve System in Southwest Australia and managed WWF’s Wheatbelt Woodlands private land conservation programs. Prior to this, he spent more than five years advising NGOs and governments in Latin America on environmental and development projects.

In his spare time Chris likes to do back country hikes, sea kayaking quiet estuaries and singing songs at local farmers’ markets or around the campfire on a swag. Chris is based in the Perth office, but will spend a considerable amount of time out in the field. [Read more about the Staff of Rangelands NRM]

Events
  • 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]
  • 10-11 October 2014 - 10th Anniversary WA Beach Clean Up - Join volunteers at beaches all over WA for a weekend clean-up. [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]

The 2015 Rural Industries R&D Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award is now open for nominations. The Award identifies and rewards women’s contribution to primary industries and rural communities by providing financial assistance, mentoring, resources and support via its nation-wide network of business and community leaders for selected state winners. State and Territory winners receive a $10,000 financial bursary to implement their Award vision and will have the opportunity to participate in the Company Directors Course run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Applications close 31 October 2014 [More info]

 
2015 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Applications are now open. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Applications close 5pm AEDT Friday 03 October 2014. [More info]

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