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South Coast NRM Reference Groups

          - Expressions of interest now open

Do you have the passion to make a real difference for the unique environment of the South Coast of Western Australia? Do you want to get together people who also care about looking after where we live, and be a part of an engaged and professional advisory group?
We are seeking passionate and knowledgeable people to join our:
  • Land and Water Reference Group
  • Aboriginal Reference Group
  • Healthy Environments Reference Group
  • South East Reference Group

Reference groups guide the development, implementation and review of programs contributing to the outcomes of Southern Prospects 2019 – 2024, the regional strategy for the south coast, as well as providing a vital link to community concerns and perspectives.
Info sheets, Terms of Reference and instructions on how to apply are now available on our website.
https://southcoastnrm.com.au/who-we-are/vacancies

Applications close Sunday 17th February. Give us a call on 08 9845 8537 if you have any questions.

Image: Arian Elsner

State NRM funding announced

South Coast NRM would like to congratulate all successful groups on the south coast who recently received news through the announcement by the State NRM Office of the 2018 Community Stewardship Grant Round. Overall it was a fantastic result for our region, with a number of community group receiving much needed project funds. South Coast NRM successfully received funding for two projects under the program.
 
Dieback management on the south coast has been boosted with $407,940 for implementing the State Dieback Management and Investment Framework. This project will work closely with land managers, stakeholders and community by utilising resources developed by significant South Coast NRM investment over the past decade, resourced through the State NRM Program and other funding partners, to undertake Dieback management in eight high-priority key PPAs in the south coast region. Additionally, the project will increase Dieback management capability within the region through continuing investment in the Dieback Information Delivery and Management System (DIDMS), a biennial Dieback forum, Green Card training and technical support and engagement of stakeholders.
 
South Coast NRM will continue to deliver the Strong & Proud (Wumbudin Kool-yee-rah) program, through $23,611 of funding to engage Aboriginal youth in NRM. The Strong & Proud after school program has become an important program engaging Aboriginal youth (12 to 16 years old) in natural resource management on the south coast for the past five years. It provides disengaged Aboriginal youth with hands on outdoor experiences connecting them to culture and country, attaining 90% attendance school rates and demonstrating a career pathway to working on country. The program has been developed around the 6 Noongar seasons.
 
The full list of  successful projects in the 2018 Community Stewardship Grants round is now available here. 
http://www.nrm.wa.gov.au/media/295768/2018_csg_list_of_projects_final.pdf
 
Aquaculture proposal - Albany and Esperance
Have your say on  the development  of shellfish growing areas



South Coast Natural Resource Management is working with DPIRD through coordinating community consultation to gather views on the project before the approval process begins. The community can contribute their views through community workshops, direct conversations or an online survey. For further information contact natalier@southcoastnrm.com.au or 98458537

Shellfish aquaculture (primarily edible oysters and mussels) is an existing industry on the South Coast. It has long been recognised that there is great potential to increase environmentally sustainable shellfish production in the region, leading to increased investment and job creation.

DPIRD has recently completed a series of investigations designed to identify additional areas suitable for creation of aquaculture development zones on the South Coast. As a result of these investigations, a number of suitable locations for sustainable low-impact commercial shellfish aquaculture within the Albany and Esperance near shore waters have been identified as being of high interest.

Please read the information sheet below for more details.

South Coast Aquaculture Development Zone

Albany Zone Map

Esperance Zone Map
 

This project is supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Great Southern Development Commission
and South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc.

 

 

Seeking a Coordinator for the South Coast Environment Fund

 

We are looking for someone who is passionate about generating opportunities for local projects that enhance our unique animals and plants across the South Coast of WA.
The core responsibility of the Coordinator of the South Coast Environment Fund will be to progress fund-raising, branding, marketing and promotion of the fund, including the planning, coordination and management of an environmental or awareness raising project to enhance these outcomes. This position is part-time, and would suit someone who enjoys working autonomously and has experience in enhancing understanding and value of a philanthropic or environmental fund (or similar) with the community and the corporate sector.
Head to our website for more information about:
The role: https://southcoastnrm.com.au/who-we-are/vacancies
The South Coast Environment Fund: https://southcoastnrm.com.au/south-coast-environment-fund/about-the-fund)
Applications close 9am, Monday 18th February 2019.
 

Time to prepare for rabbit control!

 
It may still be summer, but it’s never too early to start preparing for your autumn rabbit control.

The key to success with rabbit control is persistence.  It is important to have an integrated long term plan in place to rid your property of this menace.  Multiple control methods need to be used to maximise effectiveness, as techniques like the RHD virus are only 40% effective. 

Baiting can be an effective option, however this cannot be used in built up areas (1080) or where there is a risk to native wildlife (poisons such as pindone). 

It is important to destroy habitat that acts as a safe haven for rabbits. Areas that rabbits use for refuge can often include rock piles, deadfall timber and stumps, old buildings and abandoned farm machinery. Such material should be removed, buried or surrounded with rabbit-proof fences.

Warren fumigation or destruction will also help reduce rabbit numbers.  Warrens should be ripped to a depth of 60cm.  Fumigation is only useful where warrens can be sealed and label directions should always be carefully followed and should not be used on warrens under or adjacent to any buildings. 
Remember, they may look cute but Australia wide rabbits impact over 300 threatened native species.  What’s your plan to reduce the impact?

For more information on rabbit control visit https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/baits-poisons/rabbit-control-options or contact David Broadhurst in our Albany office on 08 9845 8537. 
 

Urgent plant recall - look out for escapees

 

There is an urgent notice to home gardeners for a prohibited plant mistakenly sold in WA over summer at Bunnings. This is major potential environmental weed, Bunnings will give a full refund. 

DPIRD are trying to recover all of the 800 plants sold during Dec/Jan at Bunnings stores in WA.  

13 of the 15 Callisia Pink Lady (Callisa repens, known as creeping edge plant) sold in Esperance still need to be recovered.  
 
"Department invasive species priority weeds manager Kay Bailey said the plant was sold at stores in the metropolitan area and regional areas including Albany, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Bunbury and Busselton." ...Callisia repens, commonly known as creeping edge plant, is present in other States but is prohibited in Western Australia due to its potential environmental impact.

Enquiries can be made to the department’s Pest and Disease Information Service on 08 9368 3080 or padis@dpird.wa.gov.au."
 
Please help get the message out.  
 
https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/news/media-releases/home-gardeners-urged-look-out-pest-plant
 



 
 

Keep the pest out of the west – report any starling sightings!

Common starlings are considered one of the world’s most invasive birds and are a declared species in Western Australia. 

Starlings cause severe damage to high-value fruit crops by pecking at fruit in the trees, damaging it and making it unsaleable. This includes soft fruits like cherries, peaches and apricots, as well as all varieties of grapes.
They may also contaminate harvested grain, and have the potential to damage expensive, high-precision agricultural equipment and necessitate substantial changes to the infrastructure at grain receival points.
Starlings also often consuming feed for livestock, they may spoil it with their faeces, adversely affecting intensive production of beef and dairy cattle, pigs and poultry. The wool industry can be affected too, as Starlings may contaminate the fleece of sheep with their faeces while they perch on their backs.
Starlings also disperse weeds by spreading their seeds.
We all need to be on the lookout – early detection and quick action is the key to stopping Starlings from becoming established. If you see a starling, please report it immediately!
To report a starling sighting contact:
Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080
 
For more information check out:  https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/birds/biosecurity-alert-common-starling?page=0%2C0

Not sure what a starling sounds like? Check out their call here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgNvAdr2hXs


 
 


World Wetlands Day - 2 February

- meet us in Albany Town Square on Saturday morning


Dieback Working Group's Green Card training - Albany - 18th February

Australian Biosphere Conference 13-15 March 

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