November 2014 
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Welcome to the November eNews!
 
Fire seems to be the common thread through a lot of the articles in this month's issue. Fire management is key to preserving biodiversity in the rangelands. In the East Kimberley, the habitat of the endangered Gouldian Finch and Purple-crowned Fairy-wren are being protected by the Kija Rangers. In the Norseman area, the Ngadju are receiving training to fight fires fast and in the Pilbara/Desert Department of Parks and Wildlife are working with KJ to receive training in air observation.
 
This month we were also pleased to announced the winners of the 2014 Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition. Congratulations to Jakob (Year 2 MSTOA) for winning the overall prize of a Nikon Cooplix P600 Digital Camera with his 'Sunset at the Lake' (eNews header this month) and to Adriel (Year 3 MSOTA) for coming second overall with 'Golden Road'. Thanks to all who entered. We have received some amazing photos that can be seen on our website, Facebook page, our Annual Report and in our 2015 that is currently in production.
 
Regards

Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager
Contents

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

  
 
Latest News

Winners of outback kids' photo competition announced

Rangelands NRM are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition. The competition, now in its fourth year, invited children living in the bush to submit photos depicting 'colour' in the rangelands. The overall first prize of a Nikon Coolpix P600 Digital Camera goes to Jakob (Year 2) from Meekatharra School of the Air. [Read more]

Pastoralism

Balancing Livestock Nutrition and Sustainability in WA rangelands

Rangelands NRM is supporting a number of initiatives to help producers manage the balance between the nutritional needs of livestock and sustaining the pasture base. Rangelands NRM's Sustainable Pastoralism manager Paul Erkelenz said this is a constant challenge faced by all WA pastoral managers, regardless of location. [Read more]

Coastal Projects

Climate Change, Broome and the Kimberley Coast

With the Kimberley wet season building, the timing is ideal for a presentation on climate change in Broome. Weatherman David Wilson from Broome Meteorology will show residents how weather is forecasted and what climate change means Broome and the Kimberley coast. The final Science on the Broome Coast presentation will be at Broome Public Library on Wednesday 3 December, from 6-7 pm presenting 'Climate Change, Broome and the Kimberley Coast'.  [Read more]

Indigenous

Fire training well underway for Ngadju members

Fire training is well underway for Ngadju members of the Dundas Rural Bushfire Brigade with both bush fire and structural training having been completed. The fire training is one component of the Malleefowl and Invasive Weeds project Ngadju are involved with in conjunction with Gondwana Link and Rangelands NRM. [Read more]

 Pilbara Corridors Project

 Aerial observation skills taught for bushfire response

Eleven regional staff from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) recently completed an air observer's course in Exmouth. The course trains participants to provide information and intelligence about incidences such as bushfires from an aircraft, increasing the operational capability of land managers within the Pilbara. [Read more]

Biodiversity

Fire management protects endangered finch and fairy-wren habitat on Kija Country

Prescribed burning operations in the East Kimberley is helping to protect the habitat of endangered bird species. Six Kimberley Land Council (KLC) Kija Rangers were engaged by Rangelands NRM to conduct prescribed burning operations in May/June with the primary aim of protecting Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae) habitat on Violet Valley and Bow River stations, and Purple-crowned Fairy-wren (Malurus coronatus coronatus) habitat on Doon Doon station. [Read more]

Other News

Kimberley land managers attend wildlife monitoring with motion cameras workshop

A recent workshop in Darwin on biodiversity monitoring with motion detection cameras was well attended by Kimberley groups, including Damibimangari, Balanggarra and Yawuru Rangers and Kimberley Land Council, Environs Kimberley and Department of Parks and Wildlife. [Read more]

Map pest fish online with FeralFishScan

The community can now record evidence of pest fish in their local area with FeralFishScan, a new interactive website to support a whole of catchment approach to pest fish management in local waterways. The website has been developed by the IA CRC as part of a national FeralScan initiative and is initially being trialled in the upper Murrumbidgee with a view to launching nationally in the future. [More info]

Wild Dog Action Plan Investment Mapping Survey

The National Wild Dog Action Plan is one mechanism that can assist with providing a better coordinated, resourced and focused national and cross-industry response to the escalating problem of wild dog predation. The National Wild Dog Management Project Team is tasked with mapping current activities and programs against the Actions of the Plan to determine short-term and longer term priorities in implementation. To be able to MAP the current INVESTMENT in wild dog management across Australia they need the communities input to gather as much data as possible through our 5-10 minute survey. Survey closes 15 December 2014. [Go to Survey]

Staff Profile

Ostiane Massiani - Project Coordinator, Pilbara Corridors Project

Ostiane commenced with the Pilbara Corridors Project as Project Coordinator (employed through Greening Australia) late last month. Ostiane is based in the Karratha office (12 Hedland Place, Karratha) and will be working closely with Ian Cotton (Program Manager) on the Pilbara Corridors Project. Visit the Pilbara Corridors Website at http://www.pilbaracorridors.com.au/ for more information.

 
[Find out more about Rangelands NRM Staff]
Events
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]
 
4 December 2014 - WA State Biosecurity Forum - Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, WA. This forum provides an opportunity to hear from leading experts in biosecurity and to discuss some of the solutions to pressing biosecurity issues facing industry and communities. [More info]
 
11-17 February 2015 - Farming & Grazing for Profit Workshop, Perth. The RCS Farming & Grazing for Profit school is the Business School for Mixed Farming Enterprises. RCS is delivering a 6 1/2 day Farming & Grazing for Profit workshop in Perth which aims to give you the knowledge, principles and management tools needed to build a profitable and sustainable farming and grazing business. [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

Biosecurity Research and Development Fund

The Boosting Biosecurity Defences Biosecurity R&D Fund provides funding for innovative solutions to better manage significant pests and diseases that impact on Western Australia's (WA) agriculture and agrifood industries. Up to $3.2 million is available over three years from April 2015. Each project is able to apply for between $50 000 and $500 000 per year, and projects must be completed by 31 December 2017. [More info]

Rural Research and Development for Profit Programme

The Australian Government's Rural R&D for Profit programme is now open for applications. This programme aims to improve farm-gate productivity and profitability and deliver real outcomes for Australian farmers. Research projects must address one or more of the research priorities, which fall into four areas: Increase the profitability and productivity of primary industries; Increase the value of primary products; Strengthen primary producer's ability to adapt to opportunities and threats; and Strengthen on-farm adoption and improve information flows.
Applications close on 15 December 2014. [More info]

Community Chest Fund

The Community Chest Fund is a new initiative of the Royalties for Regions (RfR) Program for community, public and not-for-profit organisations to help improve and develop infrastructure and services in the regions [Goldfields/Esperance, Mid-West, Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley] The grants available are up to and including $20,000 to support small, local demand driven projects. The round closes on 11 December 2014. If you are interested in making an application, you must contact your local RDC to assess if your project is eligible and to obtain the guidelines and application forms. [More info on the Community Chest]
 
Regional Grants Scheme (RGS)
 
The Regional Grants Scheme (RGS) is a Royalties for Regions (RfR) initiative that aims to improve economic and community infrastructure and services in regional Western Australia. It is aimed at bigger projects that will help attract investment, increase job opportunities and assist in improving the quality of life in the regions. The RGS is a contestable funding round with grants from $20,001 to $300,000 available. The RGS round closes on 11 December 2014. If you are interested in making an application, you must contact your local RDC to assess if your project is eligible and to obtain the guidelines and application forms. [More in the Regional Grants Scheme]

 
Regional Event Funding
 
If you are organising a regional event you could be eligible to apply for a cash grant between $5,000 and $50,000 under Tourism WA’s Regional Events Scheme. These funds, made available by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, are for eligible events held between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016, that have the ability or potential to bring visitors to the region and involve the local community. Applications for the 2014-2015 Regional Events Scheme close at 5.00 pm on Monday 12 January 2015. [More info]

Drought Concessional Loans Scheme - applications open

Farm businesses in Western Australia can now access the Australian Government&S217;s Drought Concessional Loans Scheme. Drought Concessional Loans are now available to assist farm businesses recover from and prepare for future droughts and return to viability in the longer term. Under the scheme, the Australian Government will provide Western Australia with $20 million for the provision of Drought Concessional Loans in 2014-15. The scheme will close on 30 June 2015 or earlier if funds are fully committed. [More info]
 
Project Sponsors sought for Green Army
 
If you or your group have a project where a Green Army team could complement your work and achieve great environmental outcomes, please contact Landcare Australia on greenarmy@landcareaustralia.com.au to discuss your ideas. Applications for the 2nd Round of Green Army projects must reach the Department of Environment by 9 December 2014. [More info]

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