October 2014 
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Dear Reader

Welcome to the October 2014 eNews! The year seems to be moving very quickly towards the hotter weather and Christmas!
At Rangelands NRM we have been busy collating and judging the entries for this year's Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition - results will be announced in the next couple of weeks and winning entries will appear in our 2013-14 Annual Report, due out in mid-November.
Kind Regards

Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager


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

Carbon and Climate Change

Ear tags track cattle in real time

The first phase of the Rangelands Self-Shepherding (RSS) trial at De Grey Station will include monitoring of the current location of cows using a newly establish ‘Taggle’ system. This trial is in partnership with a Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA)-Rangelands NRM project where forty cattle on De Grey station, near Port Hedland, are fitted with positioning-system ear tags as part of the Royalties-for-Regions Carbon Farming project. [Read more]


Stockmanship and nutritional rewards steer cattle in right direction

Pastoralists in the rangelands have begun trials using principles of ‘Rangelands Self Shepherding’ (RSS) where livestock are encouraged to modify their grazing behaviours. A series of workshops to discuss the underlying principles and to develop practical implementation strategies with pastoralists in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne have been delivered by Dr Dean Revell and Bruce Maynard, who are working with Rangelands NRM to deliver the program through the nutritional shepherding Innovation Grant received from the Commonwealth Government. [Read more]

Coastal Projects

Science on the Broome Coast

Don't miss the November talk for the 2014 'Science on the Broome Coast' series organised by the Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG). Professor Alexandra McManus and Dr Wendy Hunt will talk about 'Health and wellbeing benefits of recreational fishing', exploring statistics which support the benefits of recreational fishing in Broome. Be at the Broome Library (cnr. Hamerlsey & Haas Streets) Wednesday 12 November 6-7pm. [More info on the series]

Protecting Broome's coastal waters from wastewater overflow

Septic owners in Broome are receiving colourful fridge magnets with a list of tips on how to prevent septic sewerage from entering the town’s coastal waters. Kandy Curran, Project Manager for the Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG) said sewerage can enter Broome’s coastal waters when wastewater overflows from overloaded systems that need pumping out, or when septics are faulty and leaking. [More info]


Land and Sea Plan for Traditional Owners of Shark Bay

Rangelands NRM are engaged with a local Aboriginal group from Shark Bay to deliver a Land and Sea Country Management Plan for the traditional owners of Shark Bay, the Malgana People. The Malgana people are currently spread over the state and return home for working group and community meetings associated with Native Title. Shark Bay is home to the Yadgalah Aboriginal Corporation, which has been incorporated since 1984 and whose membership represents the local Aboriginal People and Community Members in the township of Denham. [Read more]

Desert Rangelands

Translocated rock wallabies doing well in new home

A vulnerable population of black-flanked rock wallabies have been successfully translocated to reduce risk of local extinction. The black-flanked rock wallaby (Petrogale lateralis lateralis) population at Kaalpi (the Calvert Range) is the only confirmed viable population in the arid zone in the Little Sandy Desert region of Western Australia.  This makes them vulnerable to local catastrophic events, such as drought, introduction of disease, predation or severe bushfire.  [Read more]

 Pilbara Corridors Project 

Property planning in the Fortescue underway

Two pastoral stations in the Pilbara were recently visited to continue the roll-out of Ecologically Sustainable Rangelands Management (ESRM) Plan initiatives. ESRM plans provide pastoralists with landscape guidance on biodiversity and livestock productivity that take account of their values and priorities as leaseholders. [Read more]

Pilbara Ranger Coordinators share ideas and training opportunities

Ranger Coordinators from two groups in the Pilbara met last month to share experiences and plan training together to achieve ranger capacity for working on Country. Ngurrawaana Ranger Coordinator Shane Gallagher and Tom Price Ranger Coordinator Shandell Raddock met with Pilbara Corridors Program Manager Ian Cotton and Greening Australia WA training providers to discuss Certificate II Conservation and Land Management (CLM), on 19 September. [Read more]
Other News

Top WA Chefs Cook-off for a good cause

A ‘Long Table Lunch’ gourmet extravaganza held as part of the Gascoyne Food Festival has brought local growers and top chefs together. The annual event, held at Bentwaters Plantation in Carnarvon from 14-16 August, showcased fresh fruit and vegetables from local grower groups as well as drawing some of the best chefs from the country. [Read more] 

Volunteer recognised for 50 years of rainfall record

The outstanding contribution of Mr Lawrie Jensen has been recognised with a Bureau of Meteorology Rainfall Excellence Award presented at Yoweragabbie Station. Bureau of Meteorology Regional Director WA Mike Bergin said the commitment to the community shown by all of the Bureau of Meteorology’s volunteers was to be commended.  Mr Jensen of Yoweragabbie Station near Mount Magnet was recently presented with a Rainfall Excellence Award after completing more than 50 years of rainfall observations. [Read more]

Staff Profile

Rangelands NRM Staff

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

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]
3-5 November 2014 - Northern Food Futures Conference, Darwin. Over two days, the conference will cover broad cross-sector issues as well as focusing in on specific aspects of Northern Agriculture. [More info]
3-8 November 2014 - Neobiota 2014 - 8th International Conference on Biological Invasions, Antalya (Turkey) [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' [More info]
Grants and Funding
20 Million Trees Competitive Grants Round 1 - Australian Government's 20 Million Trees Program grants of between $20,000 and $100,000 are available for groups, individuals and organisations that intend to plant native trees and associated understorey in a range of urban, peri-urban and regional environments across Australia. Tree plantings may occur on public or private land. Applications close on 30 October 2014. [More info]

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]

Pastoral Water Grants Scheme 2013-2015 possible source of funding for establishment of new water points on pastoral stations.This scheme provides up to 50% of approved expenditure (max $20,000) for a range of approved water supply works and water conservation activities to overcome demonstrated water supply deficiencies. Please contact your regional DAFWA personnel for more information on the application process: DAFWA Southern Rangelands: Jim Addison. Tel: (08) 9088 6017 e: jaddison@agric.wa.gov.au DAFWA Kimberley/Pilbara: David Hadden. Tel: (08) 9166 4000 e: dhadden@agric.wa.gov.au [More info]

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