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

Sharing culture

WHAT
Maintain Elders advisory group. Continue efforts to appropriately record and share traditional knowledge, e.g. Noongar Boodja Website, encouraging use of language, site work and highlighting the cross-over of culture and environmental management.

WHY
• The Noongar Boodja strategy five year targets include “Recoding of traditional knowledge for NRM”, “use of Noongar Language” and “meaningful discussion”
• Australian Government is encouraging RAPs (reconciliation action plans) as part of expected governance requirements
• The work the advisory groups has...

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 –...

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

Red Card feral pest management program

WHAT
Continue the Red Card feral pest management program. South West WA program of community participation in fox, cat and rabbit spring time management.

WHY
• Feral animal control is key for Ecosystem Health. This program builds skills, capacity and community acceptance for culling
• The Wheatbelt is part of the South West Australian international biodiversity hotspot
• Strong focus in the NLP2 outcomes

WHY IT IS GREAT
Long term program that is operating cross regionally – with Regional Group Partners and support of Sporting Shooters Ass...

3 weeks ago

12 Building the resilience of our bushland

WHAT
Bushcare Grant with landowners to improve management (feral control, weeds, grazing pressure, infill planting, buffer planting and corridor enhancement). Each grant application will allow for a site assessment to determine if this bushland meets the criteria to be part of the TEC.

WHY
• Mapping for the TEC covers most of our Region. This is because ground truthing hasn’t happened and it is the level of clearing in our region that threatens this ecological community
• Our regional strategy identifies the level of past clearing in the Wh...

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

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

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

Biodiversity supporting farming outcomes

WHAT
Support farming families to manage their on-farm bush as a valuable part of the farming system. This would include fencing, revegetation, fire management, weed and pest control.

WHY
• Ecological services of native bushland include - pollination, erosion control, salinity control and integrated pest management
• Australian Government is looking to invest in projects that will protect and enhance on-farm remnant native vegetation, including improving the management of existing remnants, wetlands, rocky outcrops and paddock trees

WHY IT IS GR...

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...

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