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Funding provided for community-based management of natural resources

Management of natural resources in the South Coast region will be supported by $9.1M for activities over the next 4 years with 57% dedicated to community driven delivery. Provided through South Coast Natural Resource Management the funding, from the Australian Government’s Regional Land Partnerships Program (National Landcare Program), will be used for activities between 2019 and 2023.

 “With funding provided for the next four years our community-based partners can progress with delivering projects that protect the natural assets of the WA South Coast and support a healthy productive Region” says our South Coast NRM CEO, Justin Bellanger. The projects build on progress made in this first year of the Regional Land Partnerships Program, which are protecting internationally recognised wetlands, addressing the needs of local threatened species and ecological communities, and helping farmers adapt to changes in climates and markets.

“There has been a large response from local groups in an expressions of interest process we undertook for the Regional Land Partnerships Program” said Mr Bellanger. “This highlights how strong the capacity is in our community to manage our natural resources. In response we have allocated a greater proportion of funding to community-based activities than ever before”.

Hidden Gem: Survey of Mindarabin Reserve shows healthy vegetation and Malleefowl tracks

South Coast NRM Cultural Heritage Project Officer Peter Twigg and Aboriginal School Based trainee, Deacon Wynne, travelled to Mindarabin Reserve in April for a two night camp with Elders from Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation and consultants Paula Deegan and Wendy Bradshaw. The goal of the field trip was to undertake survey work for a Property Management Plan covering the Mindarabin Reserve and build a vision for future work and conservation activities that focuses on the recovery of the Malleefowl.  
 
After a wet start, the weather fined up and the group were able to explore the reserve and hold substantial conversations with Rangers and community members to record (and thus incorporate into the Property Management Plan) the aspirations of the group for future initiatives based around Mindarabin Reserve.  The group were very pleased to hear how impressed the consultants were with the state of the vegetation at Mindarabin and the obvious signs of plentiful animal activity.  A highlight of the trip was finding fresh Malleefowl tracks within the reserve and the rangers departed from the survey enthusiastic about the future possibilities this important piece of Noongar owned land will provide. Rangers also received training from South West Catchment Council in the use and retrieval of motion sensor cameras which have now been installed in the reserve for fauna monitoring.
 

Welcome to our newest School Based Trainees


Narelle Humphries, Deacon Wynne and Nardia Humphries

South Coast NRM are delighted to have on board not one, but three Aboriginal School-Based Trainees this year! Each Tuesday Nardia Humphries, Narelle Humphries and Deacon Wynne spend the day at our office in Albany providing support on key projects and business services.

 Nardia (right) supports our Business Services Team, greeting our guests, directing incoming calls and working on projects aimed at streamlining and improving administration processes. Narelle (left) is based with our Cultural Heritage Team and provides project administration support to the Project Officer and Program Manager. Right now, Nardia and Narelle are working together on an e-waste project exploring how South Coast NRM can responsibly manage and dispose of broken or superseded electronic equipment. Deacon (middle) also works with the Cultural Heritage Team, and recently took part in a 3 day survey of Mindarabin Reserve along with local Aboriginal Elders, consultants and community partners.

Deacon, Narelle and Nardia are employed by South Coast NRM through the ATC Work Smart School Based Trainee Program which provides great opportunities for students to graduate Year 12 with a Certificate II or III Qualification and get real world experience in the workforce. Not only that, organisations like South Coast NRM benefit from the contributions and positivity trainees bring to their work. South Coast NRM  have proudly employed school based trainees since 2014.

Call for Abstracts – WA Threatened Species Forum 2019

What is a recovery plan? Who prepares it? Who implements it? How is the community involved? These questions and more will all be answered during the 2019 WA Threatened Species Forum.


Held in September in Geraldton, the forum will:
  • Assess the current conservation status and stage of recovery plan implementation of selected Western Australian threatened species and threatened ecological communities.
  • Determine what more needs to be known about these threatened species
  • Review the status of relevant key threatening processes to better understand the range of recovery risks; and further develop the necessary collaborative approach to threat management
  • Investigate the role of community and citizen science in recovery plan development and implementation.
  • Assess the Eucalypt Woodlands of the Western Australian Wheatbelt Conservation Listing Advice and discuss the need for a Recovery Plan.
For more information head to: https://www.nacc.com.au/call-for-abstracts-wa-threatened-species-forum/
 

Don't forget to look below the surface!


Soil acidity is a major production constraint across agricultural land in Western Australia. 

When developing a liming plan for your property, it is important to test more than just the surface as top soil and subsurface soil pH can be quite different. Soil samples should be taken at 0 to 10cm, 10 to 20cm and 20 to 30cm depth to determine a soil pH profile. (Gazey et al., 2014). Sampling sub surface can give you a better picture of just what plant roots are dealing with. 

Guessing how much lime to apply from only topsoil samples can lead to inadequate lime application, resulting in too much lime being applied in some areas and too little in others.  This can have a big impact on economic efficiency so test your soil pH regularly and adjust your liming rates accordingly.

For further information check out:

https://agric.wa.gov.au/n/1948

https://climateactionfarming.com.au/soil-acidity/soil-acidity-2

https://climateactionfarming.com.au/soil-acidity/applying-lime

Optimising Lime – Three Checks video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fsuu-y6RKI

GRDC has previously developed a video on soil acidity in Western Australia which gives a great overview of the issue.  It can be viewed at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bUfCwpfBxo

References: Gazey C, Davies S and Master R (2014) Soil acidity: A guide for WA farmers and consultants. Second edition. Bulletin No.4858, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

Aboriginal Community Activity – Yakamia Creek Catchment Tour



In April, a group of local Aboriginal Community members participated in a catchment tour of Yakamia Creek. This was the first of two Aboriginal Community events planned as part of South Coast NRM’s Yakamia Creek Fish Friendly Farm project to increase awareness and improve water quality and habitat for native fish in the lower Yakamia Creek catchment.

The group met at the Albany Aboriginal Corporation Centre on Serpentine Road and shared information about Yakamia Creek, its catchment, issues and opportunities.
The tour visited light industrial areas of the upper catchment, through urban areas and semi-rural properties.

Local Aboriginal attendees noted their connection to waterways, reflected on memories of Yakamia Creek and provided input to possible actions for its rehabilitation. The group also discussed ways to involved additional Aboriginal Community members in the project, particularly young people for support in the future.

The tour finished with sharing wonderful local food prepared by the Albany Aboriginal Corporation in the excellent facilities in their centre. South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc. is working on this project in partnership with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation as a part of the State Government’s Regional Estuaries Initiative.

Marketing is a critical component in every successful food and beverage business. How can you use the passion you have for the produce that comes from your regenerative agriculture system as an effective marketing strategy?

Regenerative agriculture farming management aims to restore landscapes function and deliver suitable production, improved natural resources base, healthy nutrient cycling, increased biodiversity and resilience to change. But what are the key factors to address when developing a marketing message to realise your market potential?

This workshop by John Stanley, a globally well-known consultant with over 40 years’ experience will outline inspirational ways that regenerative agriculture can be used as a tool for branding and marketing using case studies from leading farmers in regenerative agriculture.

For more info and to book your spot, contact Kanako Tomita: kanakot@southcoastnrm.com.au or 08 9845 8514.

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