Rangelands NRM’s Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitators—better known as ‘RALFs’—have been busy covering ground throughout the WA rangelands.
With 85 per cent of the State to cover, they certainly have their work cut out for them!
The three part-time RALFs work closely with pastoralists and other land managers to enable them to undertake sustainable agricultural practice.
The RALFs coordinate natural resource management activities, such as workshops, farm demonstrations or peer learning sessions and engage communities to implement best practices that support sustainable agriculture. They also assist land managers and groups with funding opportunities.
Based in Dongara, Sarah Jeffery works three-days per week covering the southern rangelands working with land managers and communities to build capacity and resilience, whilst creating new relationships and opportunities.
Sarah has just spent the last day and a half at Warroora Station near Coral Bay spreading cochineal bugs to kill a cactus invasion.
Mary-Anne (Mez) Clunies-Ross, shares her role as project officer and RALF covering off one-day a week based in the Mt Magnet region engaging with pastoralists in her local area and across the southern rangelands.
Mez is also using her flora and fauna expertise to undertake ‘Land for Wildlife’ assessments on stations throughout the region. Five stations have participated so far.
Jardine Macdonald juggles one-day a week as RALF with his others role of Climate Mate and Project Officer based out of Broome in the Kimberley.
Sarah and Jardine have also just attended a full day training in GEOGLAM RaPP alongside RALFs from across the State, learning to use this open and growing platform of remote sensing analysis for total and fractional ground cover.
A few weeks ago, Jardine was at the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association (KPCA) Rangelands Rehydration workshops learning from the combined forces of grader-guru Col Stanton and ESRM-expert Richard Marver during a day of demonstrations, discussions and practical examples in a bush classroom.
The RALFS are supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
Community engagement is a key theme of the Regional Land Partnerships Program, with at least 20 per cent of project budgets supporting small, on-ground projects that are delivered by, or directly engage with the local landcare community.
Rangelands NRM continues to be the preferred service provider to the Australian Government to deliver environmental and agricultural outcomes in the Rangelands Region for the next four years.
For further information about the Regional Land Partnerships program, visit: www.nrm.gov.au/