Welcome to WheatbeltNRM's "Your Say: Shaping NRM in the Wheatbelt" online forum.
This is a place for community members to provide valuable input into plans that will help shape a better WheatbeltNRM for everyone.

Your Say: Shaping NRM in the Wheatbelt

Forum closing on 01 December 2017 / 11:59 PM (12 days left)

Wheatbelt NRM wants you to submit an idea, or vote on others, to help prioritise how funding should be spent on the waterways, bushland, farms and towns in the Wheatbelt.

We believe the community is best placed to inform management of their natural resources. We want to hear what measures you think will best determine its management over the next 5 years.

Wheatbelt NRM worked with community to develop a strategy for our natural resources, and we have been working with community in achieving that for over 20 years.

Our previous efforts have sought to address the following issues:

  • Biodiversity & Vegetation Decline
  • Biosecurity & Feral Management
  • Climate & Weather Concerns
  • Environmental Pollution & Recycling
  • Farm Sustainability/Production
  • Soil Resource Health
  • Water Conservation & Supply
  • Waterways Degradation & Management

We encourage you to visit our NRM Strategy for the Avon River Basin, view our past projects and have YOUR SAY BELOW -  is there is something we need to add? Does the whole approach need a re-think? What have we learnt? How would you create a vibrant environment and livelihood in the Avon River Basin?


 

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2 months ago

Farm Sustainability/Production - Mixed Farming

What on-farm changes are required to improve productivity in mixed farm systems? This project will take a whole of system approach to mixed farming enterprises investigating stock, crop, pasture and forage management approaches to improve soil health, address spring and autumn feed gaps and mitigate financial risk to growers through mixed revenue streams. This project includes and multidisciplinary scientific review to establish the economic, social and environmental context of mixed farming systems, and will analyse the results of previous R&D inve...

2 months ago

Improving the ability of native species to thrive in and move across the fragmented landscape of the Avon River Basin.

Providing in the paddock technical support to landholders across the region and using a strategic approach to enhance the natural values of the landscape. Maintaining, and where possible improving, farm gate profit. Supporting landholders to secure remnant bushland through fencing, addressing feral animal & weed threats and undertaking strategic revegetation activities. Ensuring that landholders have the ability to access the right knowledge and skills at vital times throughout ...

2 months ago

Farm Sustainability/Production - Nutrient Management

2The provision of skills and knowledge to growers to enable them to optimise their nutrient management for soil health, water quality and agricultural production. Fertilisers account for around 25% of production costs in most crop based businesses yet modelling has suggested that the Wheatbelt has the potential to reduce nitrogen loads by up to 17% and Phosphorous by up to 31% without loss in yield or crop quality. Better understanding of nutrient loads has the potential to substantially reduce the cost of fertiliser application while also red...

2 months ago

Further emphasis on engagement with Noongar people in land-use and sustainable food production using traditional knowledge and native Australian flora and fauna. We urgently need to move away from a European-style farming system which continues to destroy our land and its ecosystems, and which is becoming increasingly difficult as climate extremes worsen, and make a transition to plants and and animals that are native to and much more tolerant of this country's extremes. Breaking into the community through hands on biodiversity conservation programs is a good way to spread this message of educati...

1 month ago

Education of Roadside aka Verge vegetation. For too long there have been far too many trees shrubs and under story plants being sprayed mulched, squashed graded mowed off burnt, removed illegally by road builders and the machines used Too many plants have been hacked out by the machine drivers through ignorance and a don't care attitude as most relate to the beautiful flora of Western Australia as just scrub and it will grow back but what grows back are weeds.

2 months ago

Using landscape scale planning and targeted landholder engagement to improve the range extent and population viability of threatened species in the Wheatbelt.

In the highly fragmented landscape of the Avon River Basin a number of Threatened species are fighting to survive. The idea behind this project is to use landscape scale planning to target landholders in strategic locations to undertake activities that will improve the range and population viability of these species. For example, the western Wheatbelt was a significant breeding ground for the Carnaby’s cockatoo prior to European arrival. ...

2 months ago

Wheatbelt NRM Noongar Budjar Rangers – recruitment and communications Scope

“Aboriginal people doing NRM ‘work on country’ within the Avon River Basin region on sites that are significant to the Aboriginal community”
This is currently not a ‘work for the dole’ opportunity

Rangers Model has it stand currently in the Phase 1 Building section which basically allows us to do some on the job training and work experience in a range of fields all though it’s not full time work its more seasonal or even daily work when project are provided. These projects give the rangers culturally im...

2 months ago

Farm Sustainability/Production - Trials & Demonstrations

On-farm trial and demonstration projects that allow growers to explore innovative farming practices across both small and large scale sites. Practices fall into four main theme areas of improved cropping management, grazing systems, agroforestry and soil health initiatives. The Farm Practice Change Model is at the foundation of the project, with trial and demonstration sites used to drive peer to peer learnings. This is supported by a sophisticated extension strategy including field days/workshops/digital and traditional media/training op...

1 month ago

Saving and Protecting Native Bees

Pollination is an essential element to growing food and sustaining not only crops in the Wheatbelt, but native flora as well. With the drastic decline of bees, our existence is at risk.
*Engaging the community by:
*Setting up bee-friendly homes that can easly be relocated by apiarists
*Planting bee-friendly gardens
*Discouraging anti-fungal sprays and other weedkillers

1 month ago

CITIZEN SCIENCE - I believe that WNRM has a role to play in the encouragement of citizen science. The two most obvious past/present examples of this are weather records and bird data bases.

There are enormous gaps in our knowledge of the environment - even in base data. There is also an untapped talent and knowledge in the community that could be used to close some of these gaps - particularly in the case of retired people who have the time and expertise available. Two current studies that are taking place at the moment are testing the riparian soils in Northam and measuring the depth of the N...

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