Rangelands NRM is one of 47 organisations selected to deliver the $450 million Regional Land Partnerships program over the next five years.
This is the important second phase of the Coalition Government’s $1 billion National Landcare Program.
A competitive nationwide procurement process was undertaken earlier this year by the Australian Government. Tenders closed on 28 February 2018.
Rangelands NRM has been selected as the preferred service provider to the Australian Government to deliver environmental and agricultural outcomes in the Rangelands Region.
Rangelands NRM will initially focus on five projects each of one-year duration:
- Communities protecting the values of West Kimberley Ramsar Sites
- Finding common ground to protect Ningaloo Coast and Shark Bay World Heritage Areas
- Reducing Risks to Bilby Habitat across the WA Northern Rangelands
- Reducing Risks to Malleefowl Habitat across the WA Southern Rangelands
- Creating a Community of Practice to manage for climate change across the WA rangelands
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.
“We will be working with our partners in the region to monitor threatened species including the Bilby and Malleefowl and protect their habitats from fire, ferals and weeds,” Rangelands CEO Debra Tarabini-East said.
“We’ll also be working closely with pastoralists and other land managers to enable them to undertake sustainable agricultural practice.”