Photo: Sarah with @NACC NRM’s Lizzie and Annabel
Our Regional Agriculture LandCare Facilitators Sarah and Ellie, have been busy all around the State over the last few months!
Gascoyne Catchments Group Forum
Sarah and Joy from Rangelands’ Dongara office attended the Gascoyne Catchments Group annual forum in the beautiful WHA Coral Bay. It was great to see the event so highly regarded with a large number of pastoralists and industry representatives attending the event.
There were presentations about rehydration, the new pastoral boards policy, fencing options with Gallagher, backgrounding and meat quality data through the Bullseye project and social licencing.
Sarah gave an update on the native grass seed cooperative that Rangelands NRM had applied for through the RED grants.
The Lyndon LCDC AGM, GCG AGM and CRBA AGM were all held during the event, so they managed to pack quite a bit into the 2 days whilst still finding the time to admire the scenery and take a swim!
Regenerative Agriculture Conference
Sarah also attended the Regenerative agriculture conference in Perth, with a highlight being the welcome to country by Ingrid Cunning in which she underlined how indigenous and non-indigenous people can work together on the journey of regeneration.
Charles Massey gave an inspiring talk at the conference, urging people to phase out the 10,000 years of traditional agriculture instilled in us and phase in regenerative agriculture. Production doesn’t need to be lost through this process, but healthy soils will be gained and landscapes where nutrient rich food can be produced.
Sarah also attended the NACC/Rangelands hosted ‘National AgDay’ in Geraldton, with a number of local producers there showcasing their produce.
Grant funding for protective fencing available
In the Kimberley we’re on the look-out for properties with unique situations for exclusion fencing such as horticulture or biodiversity hotspots. Thanks to fencing product specialist Gallagher, funding is now available on a case specific basis to install protective fencing. Get in touch with Ellie in the Broome office to find out more.
With some good recent rainfalls around, we are keen to hear from you about how your landscape rehydration works have held up. Work on our new water-ponding sites has just finished, and we know of other works that have been in place 12 years or more, so we would love to see the results through before and photos. Please send any photos and notes to firstname.lastname@example.org to support and promote this work and the sharing of knowledge.
Pasture Identification – A Field Guide for the Pilbara
This great little booklet has recently been updated with 7 new species added! The original guide is the product of an Australian Government Biodiversity Fund Grant through Greening Australia and Rangelands NRM Pilbara Corridors Project funded by the Clear Energy Futures program, with the updates funded by the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association. Download a copy from our website today.
As RALFs, if there are any groups or individuals across the rangelands that require any help with finding funding, helping with funding applications, please feel free to give us a call. If we can’t answer your questions, we will certainly help in finding an answer for you or connect you with the right people. Ellie Summers is your Kimberley/Pilbara contact, and Sarah Jeffrey for the southern Rangelands.