Welcome to WheatbeltNRM's "Your Say: Project Voting" 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: Project Voting

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The Wheatbelt NRM Annual General Meeting saw almost 100 people coming together to vote on 16 projects collated from over 500 submissions reviewed as part of Wheatbelt NRM’s Your Say: Shaping NRM in the Wheatbelt campaign. As such we have updated our forum to reflect this input and going forward focus on voting on these 16 projects from our community.

We now ask you NOT TO SUBMIT ANY FURTHER IDEAS but to vote on the listed projects. You can vote as any times as you like but only once per project. There is a positive (upvote) and a negative (downvote) vote. The counter shows the sum of all positive and all negative votes.

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3 weeks ago

Avon Waterways

WHAT
Waterways management including fencing, revegetation, creation of walk trails and encouraging recreational use.

WHY
• Riparian management is identified in the Regional Strategy as a key driver for river function
• Our partners, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, have committed to work with the Wheatbelt community on Avon Waterways
• Our partners, CARE (Caring for the Avon River Environment) are highly motivated and need supporting
• Walk Trails are identified in the Noongar Boodja strategy

WHY IT IS GREAT
It leverages off the valuable plan...

3 weeks ago

Optimising Mixed farming systems

WHAT
The project will bring together expertise to trials and develop new on-farm approaches – including agronomy, developing markets and broadening supply chains. Agricultural diversification may include summer crops, fodder management, tree cropping, Aboriginal farming systems and biological farming.

WHY
• Regional strategy recognises that the lack of diversity in Wheatbelt farming enterprises limits the resilience of the system
• Regional strategy identifies climate change as driving down catchment water availability, which will force changes in curr...

3 weeks ago

Building the volunteer base

WHAT
Run annual community volunteering activities/ experiences – BioBlitz, school planting days, tree planting days, Noongar Womens Camp. Set up a volunteers list that is connected to Local Landcare groups, to access volunteers and offer volunteering activities.

WHY
• Overarching strategy in current three year plan is “…have 25% of the community actively improving the environmental of the Wheatbelt…”. Need to keep expanding the opportunities for the community to participate - beyond those managing farms
• We get calls from people wanting to know h...

3 weeks ago

Aboriginal people doing work on country

WHAT
Continue to support the Aboriginal Rangers team by seeking contract labour opportunities to work on country delivering NRM with Wheatbelt NRM, Shires and other land managers. Wheatbelt NRM manages the team including supplying training, supervision and equipment.

WHY
• Key strategy in the Noongar Boodja document – employment working on country
• Elders advisory group sees NRM as a way to help youth maintain their connection to country
• Strengthens the relationships within the NRM community to allow for sharing of traditional knowledge
...

3 weeks ago

Landcare in towns

WHAT
Work with Local Governments to support town based efforts for sustainability, including improving recycling, feral cat management, habitat creation in home gardens, habitat creation in parks, street scapes and community gardens.

WHY
• Changing population structure in Wheatbelt means that while farming enterprises are getting larger there are tree changers coming into the Avon Arc that wish to get involved
• Local Government has been a long-time supporter and participant of NRM, this is an opportunity for Wheatbelt NRM to enhance the work that Local Governments are ...

3 weeks ago

Revegetation

WHAT
Community tree planting project providing technical advice and financial assistance to undertake work on private land.

WHY
• Target of 30% revegetation cover is identified in the Regional strategy as a threshold of potential concern for species viability
• Improve the condition and extent of the TEC with buffer planting, infill and understory planting
• Deliver on the Wheatbelt corridor plan – fragmentation is a key controlling variable for species viability in the Regional Strategy
• Australian Government is looking to invest in projects that will protect and e...

3 weeks ago

Citizen science mapping of the Wheatbelt Woodlands

WHAT
Community ground truth Governments mapping of the TEC Wheatbelt Woodlands. Working from roadside and on public land. Data is provided to local government to assist them with their biodiversity management including roadside vegetation management. Data is provided to Australian Government to assist with the management of the TEC.

WHY
• The listing of the TEC is quite new with land managers currently unaware if their bushland is part of the TEC
• Ground truthing of high level data has never been carried out on the TEC, even collecti...

3 weeks ago

Road Side Vegetation Management

WHAT
Working with local governments to improve environmental outcomes of roadside vegetation management, including community led management and improved communication.

WHY
• The TEC Wheatbelt Woodlands acknowledges the significance of roadside vegetation in the community
• Considerable community concern about past/current roadside vegetation management
• Wheatbelt NRM’s long term approach of getting the community active in NRM needs to include work that enables those that don’t own land

WHY IT IS GREAT
Opportunity for Wheatbelt NRM to bring toge...

3 weeks ago

Delivering on the Threatened Species Strategy

WHAT
Using landscape scale planning and targeted landholder engagement to improve the range, extent and population viability of threatened species in the Wheatbelt. Mobilise the community to deliver on the actions in recovery plans for Mallee Fowl, Numbats, Black Flank Rock Wallaby and Chuditch. Likely to include feral control, weed management and habitat improvement via bush land protection and corridor enhancement.

WHY
• The Wheatbelt is part of the South West Australian international biodiversity hotspot
• Strong focus in the NLP2 outco...

3 weeks ago

Optimising chemical use on farm

WHAT
Provision of skills and knowledge to growers to help them optimise their nutrient management for soil health, water quality, community health and agricultural protection. Provision of skills and knowledge to growers to help them optimise their herbicide/pesticide management for soil health, water quality, community health and agricultural protection. We will use peer mentoring, decision support tools and support for innovation.

WHY
• Farm financial viability is one of the key controlling variables in the Regional Strategy, and headlines in the Vision –...

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