September 2014
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It's been a great wildflower season, and this is evident in some of the amazing photos that have been submitted to the 2014 Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition. Entries closed on 22 September and are now being prepared for judging. Winners will be announced at the end of October.
We'd also like to congratulate Linda Anderson from the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC) who was highly commended and the runner up in the 2014 National Landcare Facilitator award! Well done Linda!!

Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager, Rangelands NRM

Latest News
Carbon and Climate Change
Coastal Projects
Desert Rangelands
Other News
Staff Profile
Grants and Funding

Latest News

WA NRM groups join forces to manage carbon farming

The take home message from a recent Carbon Farming Awareness Workshop was “to manage for carbon is to manage for ecological health and production”. The Workshop, held in Perth as part of the Royalties for Regions Carbon Farming Awareness Program, provided an open forum for attendees to learn about the ‘bigger picture’ of carbon farming. [Read more]                

Resource companies partner in the Pilbara to tackle weeds

A relatively small not-for-profit group is making big waves in the Pilbara resources sector by helping mining companies become custodians for the land and resources in the region. The investment from one resource company to the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC) has helped to encourage others to invest in protection and reclamation of some of our most valuable landscapes. [Read more]

Carbon and Climate Change

Carbon sampling to fill in the missing elements

A return field trip to Muggon and Meka Stations in the Murchison has been necessary to gather further measurements to fill gaps in rangelands carbon data. This, and previous data gathered, is part of a continuing effort to acquire essential data about above-ground and below-ground carbon concentrations and stocks in various land systems. It will allow carbon stocks for each trial site to be calculated and the effect of the grazing trial on carbon sequestration to be properly estimated in the future. [Read more]

Carbon Farming opportunities for beef producers

A new Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) methodology has been developed that will allow cattle producers to claim carbon credits. The methodology ‘Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in beef cattle through feeding nitrate-containing supplements’ was developed from a project funded by Meat and Livestock Association (MLA) and the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo), and backed by science from the National Livestock Methane Program. [Read more]

Landcare conference celebrates 25 years

Over 600 land managers and Landcare facilitators from coastal, peri-urban and rangeland environments gathered together for this year’s National Landcare Conference. The conference held in Melbourne 17- 19 September celebrated 25 years – from humble beginnings of a few individuals to a nationwide networking event for those actively engaged in the conservation and management of Australia’s natural assets and its productive capacity. [Read more]

Pilbara weeds facilitator runner-up in National awards

Linda Anderson from the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC) was highly commended and the runner up in the 2014 National Landcare Facilitator award. The 2014 National Landcare Awards were presented as part of the National Landcare Conference conference. Eleven winners were announced at the Gala dinner event. [Read more]

KBULG’s success at KBCCI Goldfields Business and Employee Awards

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group (KBULG) celebrated last month with wins in two categories of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KBCCI) Goldfields Business and Employee Awards. The annual KBCCI Awards were presented on 30 August to recognise and reward excellence and to acknowledge organisations and employees that play a role in keeping the Goldfields sustainable. [Read more]
Coastal Projects

Icons of the Seagrass

Broome locals can help to prevent Lyngbya blooms in Roebuck Bay by using a gardening approach that traps rainwater and doesn't include the use of fertilisers or toxic chemicals. This simple card explains how to garden this way in pictures. [Read more

Secrets of the salmon

Join the next 'Science on the Broome Coast' talk to hear Jeff Cooper, Marine Park Reserve Authority Director and fisheries scientist talk about the secret lives of Roebuck Bay's unique salmon. Discover what makes these fish so special. Wednesday 24 September, 6-7pm at the Broome Fishing Club, 957 Port Drive, Entrance Point, Broome. [More on talks]

Coordinator and first field trip for fledgling Kimberley Ranger group

The Nyangamartu Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation (NWAC) has engaged a part time development coordinator to assist the establishment of a ranger program to manage Nyangamartu country in the Ramsar 80 Mile Beach area. Funding from the WA State NRM Office via Rangelands NRM has enabled the engagement of Shireen Watson who is now on-board as coordinator. [Read more]

Desert Rangelands

Kiwirrkurra IPA Dedication – Still on Country

The Kiwirrkurra community celebrated the dedication of their newly declared Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) this month in a special event with community members, traditional owners and VIPs in remote WA. More than four million hectares of land was declared as the country’s 61st IPA on 10 September at the event organised by the Central Desert Native Title Service (CDNTS). [Read more]            

Evaluators meet to unleash the power of evaluation

A group of nearly 300 enthusiastic evaluators attended the International Evaluation Conference held in Darwin this month to learn about ‘unleashing the power of evaluation’. The conference ran from 8-12 September at Charles Darwin University and aimed to recognise the diversity of interest in and contributions to better evaluation. Topics covered including program logic, development of performance measures, influence and impact of evaluation, intangible benefits, learning from programs in education, environmental sustainability, university research, indigenous and social programs within Australia & NZ and internationally. [Read more]

 Pilbara Corridors Project

New look for Pilbara Corridors

The Pilbara Corridors project has a new look logo for its activities in the Pilbara’s Fortescue Catchment. Pilbara Corridors Program Manager Ian Cotton said the refreshed logo builds on Pilbara Corridors’ existing brand with an updated style, whilst maintaining the brand’s integrity. [Read more]
Staff Profile

Rangelands NRM Staff

Find out more about our staff located in Perth, Geraldton and Broome. [Rangelands NRM Staff

24 Sept 2014 - Rock Art Conservation: Impact of microclimates on reactions of the environment with the engravings - Part of the WA Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West Lecture Series. The remarkable rock engravings found in the Burrup Peninsular are internationally acknowledged as being rich in diversity and intensity. Rock engravings in the Burrup are subject to natural weathering in an arid and hot climate. Dr Ian D. MacLeod, Executive Director, Fremantle Museums and Collections, Western Australian Maritime Museum will present the results of a study on the chemistry of the rock surfaces and the impact that natural and man-made materials have on the micro-organisms that control the rate of biodeterioration on the rocks. WHERE: Maritime Museum WHEN: Wed 24 Sept 6.00-7.00pm COST: Entry by donation BOOKINGS: Essential on 1300 134 081 or online.
1 October 2014 - Does Kalgoorlie have a prickly pear problem? Part of the WA Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West Lecture Series. Prickly pears (Opuntia stricta) were imported into Australia in the 19th century for use as a natural agricultural fence and in an attempt to establish a cochineal dye industry. However, the Prickly Pear has since become a problem in many places including Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Coolgardie. Join Kim Eckert, CEO of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group as she discusses the region’s growing ‘prickly problem’, and how the community can assist. WHERE: WA Museum Kalgoorlie WHEN: Wed 1 October 5.30-6.30pm COST: Entry by donation BOOKINGS: Essential on 9021 8533 or online.

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]

20-26 October 2014 - Aussie Backyard Bird Count -
Have you ever wondered about the birds in your neighbourhood? Join thousands of people from 20-26 October 2014 for the AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT — BirdLife Australia’s first nationwide bird survey. All you need is 20 minutes, your favourite green patch and some keen eyesight (or binoculars!) Record the birds you see on our brand new Aussie Bird Count app (or website) and you’ll instantly see live information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted right across your neighbourhood and the whole of Australia! For more information head to the website.
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'
27-31 October 2014 - Coast to Coast Conference, Mandurah - The Australian national coastal management conference, renowned for providing an excellent forum for all with an interest in coastal, estuarine and marine matters to meet and to share knowledge and experiences in the areas of management, science, policy, governance, advocacy and other related topics. [More info]
2-4 December 2014 - Australasian Wildlife Management Conference (AWMS), Brisbane [More info]
Grants and Funding

25th Anniversary Landcare Grants launched

Last week Minister Hunt and Minister Joyce launched the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15. This is a one-off grants round in 2014-15 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Landcare as a national movement and are targeted towards local community groups and individuals that can successfully deliver local natural resource management projects.. Up to $5 million is available through grants of $5000 to $20 000 (GST exclusive). Of this, up to $2.5 million is available for agriculture focussed projects and up to $2.5 million is available for environment focussed projects and projects are to be completed by 30 June 2016. Applications close on Monday, 20 October 2014. More info at the new-look National Landcare Programme website.

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.