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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7 months 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...

7 months 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...

7 months 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...

7 months ago

Farm Trials and Demonstrations projects to support knowledge of Soils Health Management

WHAT
On-farm trial and demonstration projects that allow growers to explore innovative farming practices that improve soil health. Uses the farm practice change model, and is supported by sophisticated extension strategy.

WHY
• Soil productivity is one of the big resources issues in the regional strategy
• Considerable traction with Grower groups and innovative farmers, including support from the National Soil Health advocate
• Wheatbelt NRM is an associate partner in the CRC of High Performance S...

7 months 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
...

7 months 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 ...

7 months 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...

7 months 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...

7 months ago

Regenerative Farming Network

WHAT
Establish a knowledge sharing group running across the South West of WA. Regenerative agriculture is an approach to food and farming systems that regenerates topsoil and increases biodiversity now and long into the future. This includes biological farming.

WHY
• Regenerative farming approaches aligns with the priorities of the Regional Strategy such as:
o Maintain ground cover on agricultural land
o Improve nutrient use efficiency
o Optimise management of soil pH
o And develop viable economic system on saline land
• Will also support the NLP2 outc...

7 months 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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