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         Issue #47             Tuesday 10th March 2009

Editorial by Rebecca Palumbo, Avon Catchment Council

$80,000 DISTRIBUTED TO ASSIST IN PEST MANAGEMENT
$80,000 has been allocated to community projects as part of the ACC‟s Community
Pest Management Grants.

15 projects were successful in the program which will assist Local Governments,
community groups and land holders to address pest problems threatening
biodiversity in the Avon River Basin.

Projects include a whole of shire fox and rabbit baiting program in the Shire of
Wongan Ballidu, cape tulip control on private land in the Dale area and feral animal
and weed control on Shire of Corrigin reserves. 12 Local Governments were
allocated funding to subsidise baiting costs for landholders participating in the Red
Card for the Red Fox program.

Funding is being distributed now for projects to be competed by June 2009.



Calendar of Events

MARCH        13-14   Farm Forestry Roadshow see below for more details
             19      Understanding Grain Marketing #1 Workshop @ Quairading – contact
                     jdavies@agric.wa.gov.au
             23      Applications for Avon Ecoscape Tree Cropping Grant DUE see below for more
                     details
             23-26   Greenhouse Conference 2009 at Burswood Convention Centre – contact Paul Holper
                     Paul.Holper@csiro.au
             27      Climate 21 Conference, Burswood see below for more details
             28      EARTH HOUR (8.30-9.30pm)
             29      Earth Solutions Expo – Northam see below for more details
             31      Pasture for Profit Workshop @ Wickepin – contact Evergreen Farming 9475 0753

APRIL        2       Understanding Grain Marketing #2 Workshop @ Quairading – contact
                     jdavies@agric.wa.gov.au
             6-8     Agribusiness Crop Pasture and Nutrition Course @ Bentley – contact
                     blacey@agric.wa.gov.au
             29-1    Agribusiness Strategic Extension Planning Course @ Bentley - contact
                     blacey@agric.wa.gov.au
MAY            27-29   Agribusiness Planning for Evaluation Course @ Bentley – contact
                       blacey@agric.wa.gov.au




General Events, Happenings & News




INTRODUCTION TO FARM FORESTRY ROADSHOW
Thursday March 12th to Saturday, March 14th 2009

Travel between Bencubbin, Nungarin and Koorda to see and hear about growing and integrating
tree crops for natural resource management and commercial opportunities.

In the true spirit of collaboration, the major tree cropping groups are joining together to present
the best and latest in tree cropping for the Avon region. The Roadshow is in several parts, you
can register for particular sections or for the whole event.

Special Features of the Roadshow;
NRM benefits of integrated tree crops;
principles and economics of farm forestry;
timber cooperative models from around the world;
bioenergy using woody biomass;
creating your own markets.

Special Guest Speakers
Andrew Lang (Churchill Fellow and Chairman of SMARTimbers Victoria)
www.churchilltrust.com.au/res/File/Fellow_Reports/Lang%20Andrew%2020022.pdf
Rowan Reid (University of Melbourne‟s Master TreeGrower Program)

DATES:
Thursday March 12th, Bencubbin: Introducing farm forestry: species, site selection, preparation
and establishment principles, economics, cooperatives and developing your own markets.
Friday March 13th, Nungarin: Oil Mallee field day and growing brushwood
Industry updates, planning, objectives and weed control, carbon, biomass for energy, distilling oil
and site visits. (See more detail below)
Saturday March 14th, Koorda: Australian Sandalwood Network Field Day
Marketing and realizing opportunities, direct seeding, suitable host species, collection, storage
and selling seed and latest research findings.
Cost for full attendance: FREE.
Attendance at individual sessions may incur some costs.

To register or for more information contact the Avon Farm Forestry Development
Officer, Antony Crum: 9622 2250, 0427 779 216 or email: antony.crum@fpc.wa.gov.au




The Oil Mallee Association of WA presents;

Nungarin Oil Mallee Field Day
Friday, 13th March 2009
9.00am – 2.30pm at the Nungarin Hall
(No charge; lunch included)
RSVP Essential to Paul Hodges 9685 1202 or nrmo@mtmarshall.wa.gov.au


SPECIAL BRUSHWOOD TOUR
Konnongorring, Thursday March 26th. Contact Helen Job: 9622 3634,
0427 387 980 or brushwood@iinet.net.au


                       Natural Sequence Association
                               Avon Chapter
  You are invited to attend a Field Day with Guest Speaker Peter Andrews on
                          Wednesday 25th March 2009.

Peter Andrews is the author of „Back to the Brink‟, „Beyond the Brink‟ and has
appeared on Australian Story. The field day will also incorporate other highly
respected presenters from the agricultural and environmental sector. A full program
will be available from the 16th March.

Where:        Mervyn and Alison Caporn‟s property on the Quairading-Corrigin Rd,
             40km‟s from Quairading and 25km‟s from Corrigin
Time:         10am – approximately 5pm.
Bring:        Lunch (tea and coffee will be available with lunch), a chair and water
             bottle!
The day will be consist of a presentation from Peter from the valley floor in the
paddock, then after lunch there will be a panel session on plants that are
recommended for implementing a management program.

All enquiries to Mervyn Caporn on (08) 9645 5221



EARTH SOLUTIONS EXPO - NORTHAM 2009 is a carbon
Not for profit event, with free entry, taking place in Northam on 29th March at the
Rec Centre, (showgrounds).

Targeting the farming population, with key note speaker Peter Andrews, (Australian
Story) proving a great attraction. Other speakers include Hyden broadacre farmer
John Cashmore, speaking on farming biodynamically.

The 'low carbon' car of the year will be on display and a hybrid car. Solar energy
systems, composting workshop, low water garden plants and advice, Dept of Water
river model, men's health checks, baby farm animals, live music, children's activities.
www.earthsolutionsexpo.com.au ph. 9574 2306



RED CARD FOR RED FOX PROGRAM 2009
           March UPDATE!
The Red Card for the Red Fox program is in full swing during March, where farmers
across the state are baiting and shooting feral pests including foxes, rabbits
and feral cats. Over 60 groups are on board now - organising local activities so that
they line up with community issues and priorities. A range of individuals and groups
that have stepped up and taken the lead, including Landcare and production groups,
local governments, sporting associations and local farmers who "just want to see
something done".

The first Stockbrands sponsored fox shoot took place on 20-22 February - with 24
groups culling over 2,000 foxes, 120 cats and 700 rabbits - and raising over $11,000
for the RDFS. A second Stockbrands sponsored fox shoot will be held on 20-22
March. All baiting and/or shooting participants that order Stockbrands Sidney or
Strong ear tags this year will go in a draw to win a choice of fantastic prizes,
including a high calibre rifle.

All farmers are urged to seize this opportunity to work together for maximum impact.
Please contact your local Coordinator or Central Coordinator, Sally Thomson on
0417 983 356 for more information.
Climate 21 Conference
Agriculture and Food Futures, Western Australia

Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth; 27 March 2009

Climate change is a major threat to the future of Western Australia‟s $4.8 billion agricultural
industry.

Climate 21 is a one-day event that will give you the latest research and thinking on the
biggest environmental issue of our times from a WA regional perspective.

It follows the Greenhouse 2009 conference, which is bringing national and international
climate change experts to Perth (23 to 26 March).

Climate 21 will help prepare you to participate fully in forthcoming debates about the impact
of climate change on agriculture in WA in the 21st century.

Registration for Climate 21 opens on 15 December 2008.

   Registration form delegate [PDF file 182KB]
   Keynote speakers [PDF file 74KB]

The challenge

Understanding climate change and managing for an uncertain future are critical needs for all
stakeholders in the industry.

At Climate 21 you will learn how to understand the challenges that climate change will bring
to the industry in areas such as:

   Environmental impacts
   Emissions trading
   Food production
   International competitiveness
   New income opportunities
   Social aspects



Watch for locust activity
Look out for locusts over the next four weeks and report any activity to the
Department of Agriculture and Food. Summer rainfall throughout parts of the
Wheatbelt has provided green vegetation which could support a second generation
of locusts to hatch and develop to maturity. Two generations of Australian Plague
Locusts over spring and summer can result in an exponential rise in locust
populations in the following spring.

There have been five significant spring locust outbreaks in the Wheatbelt since
2000. An accurate outlook for the spring of 2009 will be made following after
receiving information from the community and detailed surveys conducted by
DAFWA in autumn. This will enable growers to plan their control operations well
ahead of any outbreak.

For further information please contact: Simon Merewether, Regional Incident
Manager, 9081 3111


            How much water does your shire use?
The Avon Catchment Council has engaged WA company GHD to assess trends in water
use at a Local Government level and to set water consumption targets within the Avon River
basin.

GHD found that approximately 11.5 GL is consumed annually within the Avon River basin,
which can be split into;
    42% - Residential
    38% - Farm
    4.5% - Parks, Gardens, Reserves & Recreation, and Services, Infrastructure and
       Amenities.
    9.6% - Industrial, Commercial and Accommodation Services

Some interesting trends were noted in the study, including
   A slight downward trend in the demand for water within the Avon River basin for the
      period 1995 – 2007.
   A declining trend in the demand for farm water within all sub regions with the
      exception of the southern sub region, where a moderate increase in demand for farm
      water supplies was evident. Decline in farm demand may be linked to a decline in
      sheep numbers
   reduction in demand for farm water
   A general decline in demand for residential supply throughout the Avon River basin
      for the period 1995 2006, however Shires located within the Avon Arc recorded an
      increase in demand for residential water supply (Figure 3), which may be linked to an
      increased in population size.

To find out how your shire consumes water, you can download the full report from the ACC
website at
http://www.avonnrm.org.au/reports_publications/Surface%20Water%20Management/.



         Hand Held Tree Planters Now Available in Mukinbudin
The Mukinbudin Planning and Development Group were successful in their
application for the Australia Post Community Development Grant. With this funding
we were able to purchase much needed Potti-putki hand held tree planters, kidney
buckets and hand planting trowels. These will be a huge benefit and a great asset
to the local community in their fight in tackling salinity, land degradation and the loss
of the natural vegetation and biodiversity. They will be a great aid in the planting of
natural vegetation; will better equip farmers for diversification into tree cropping and
will be a great tool in teaching school children about the environment and how to
care for it.

The Mukinbudin Planning and Development Group would like to sincerely thank the
Australia Post Community Development and Landcare Australia for their help and
support in making this possible. These are available for loan from the Shire of
Mukinbudin on 9047 1102.


CONGRATULATIONS!
To Andrew Sprigg from Mukinbudin, who won a CSBP Soil Analysis Kit in the ACC
raffle at the recent WANTFA Conference. Well done Andrew, we hope the Soil
Analysis Kit comes in very handy!


Grant, Rebates, Scholarships & Projects

Directory of Grants and Initiatives for Desert Business NEW!
A unique guide to help desert businesses quickly find support, advice or funding
from government – state, territory and federal – has just been released by the Desert
Knowledge CRC.

This Directory of Grants and Initiatives for Desert Businesses is the first-ever
nationwide guide to grants, assistance programs and other initiatives of government,
industry and organisations that are available to support businesses operating in
Australia‟s desert regions.

 “Small and medium enterprises are the backbone of Australia‟s desert economy,
which covers three quarters of the continent,” Fay explains. “These businesses
often sustain entire communities and their success or failure affects many people
beyond the business itself.

“Furthermore desert businesses operate under conditions which are even tougher
and more demanding than those which face a metropolitan enterprise – remoteness
from markets, huge distances, irregular supplies, extreme climate variability, the
challenge of keeping good staff and the fact that policies that suit the coast often
don‟t suit a business in the desert.

“For this reason, we felt desert businesses deserve all the help they can get – and,
when you live a thousand kilometres from the nearest large town, even finding out
what help is available can be a big challenge. So we decided to bring all the
information on business assistance together in one, handy directory available in print
or online.

This searchable 300-page treasure chest lists the programs, funding and initiatives
of government, industry and organisations available to support desert businesses in
Australia. It describes the type of grant or initiative, eligibility rules and cut-off dates,
and provides contact details and other useful information.
 “We hope that this directory will prove to be a big help to small and medium
businesses operating in desert regions across Australia by providing information
about opportunities to obtain funding, training, mentoring and other forms of support
to start, develop, and grow their enterprise,” says DKCRC managing director Jan
Ferguson.

Ms Ferguson added that the rate of business ownership in desert Australia was
twice that in coastal or urban Australia. This indicated the highly enterprising
character of desert people and communities.

The Desert Business Directory is available for download at:

http://www.desertknowledgecrc.com.au/view/94072/dkcrc_sub/grants-and-initiatives-
for-desert-businesses.html

More information:

Assoc. Professor Fay Rola-Rubzen, DKCRC and Curtin University, 08 9266 2122 or
F.Rola-Rubzen@curtin.edu.au


Farm Water Supply Planning Scheme
The Farm Water Supply Planning Scheme (FWSPS) is one of a number of water
supply initiatives administered under the Department of Water's Rural Water Plan.
The aim of the FWSPS is to encourage commercial farmers to participate in a
comprehensive water supply auditing exercise that provides the framework for an
on-going process of addressing serious water deficiency, improving water resource
management and encouraging conservation and efficient use of water.

Basically providing rebates towards the cost of rural water auditors to visit
landholders and present a farm water plan with recommendations for improved
water efficiency etc. The Farm Water Rebate Scheme is the follow on funding
towards any recommendations that the landholders do uptake as a consequence of
the water audit. There are rebates for construction of dams, rainwater tanks,
guttering, roaded catchments etc, etc, etc.

For more information or to request a copy of the farm water supply planning tool
please contact the Rural Water Planning team on freecall 1800 780 300 or email
ruralwater@water.wa.gov.au

Farm Water Rebate Scheme
The Farm Water Rebate Scheme (FWRS) is one of a number of water supply
initiatives administered under the Department of Water's Rural Water Plan. The aim
of the FWRS is to encourage commercial farmers in dryland agricultural areas
(areas receiving less than 600mm average annual rainfall) to implement on-farm
water supply improvements in order to address identified areas of water deficiency,
better manage existing water supplies and reduce water wastage. The FWRS
provides rebates for selected on-farm water supply improvements to develop and
install reliable on-farm water supplies for domestic, crop spray and livestock use.

The FWRS replaces the Farm Water Grants Scheme and follows on from the
comprehensive farm water supply audit and planning process described under the
Farm Water Supply Planning Scheme section. Rebates are available for selected
on-farm water supply improvements which are identified during the farm water
supply audit and planning process and approved by the Department of Water
following lodgement of a Farm Water Supply Plan.

In order to access rebates under the FWRS, you must first complete the audit and
planning process.

Check out more info on the Department of Water website link
http://portal.water.wa.gov.au/portal/page/portal/WaterRegionalRuralWA/RuralWater
Planning/FarmWaterRebateScheme

Next Gen Farmers
                     Applications now open. Closing April 9th 2009.

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is calling for
applications under the Next Gen Farmers. Next Gen Farmers offers support for projects to
improve the leadership and representative capacity of young people entering or involved in
primary industries, particularly in the context of the challenges and opportunities in these
industries as a result of a changing climate. The fund is a part of the government‟s
Australia‟s Farming Future initiative.

The department is now seeking applications for eligible projects for young people through
Next Gen Farmers. The grants will support activities that aim to:

      build and share knowledge and experience
      increase access to planning tools and resources
      develop leadership and management skills
      develop pathways to increase participation in primary industries
      develop skills to contribute more effectively to government and industry decision
       making
      build networks among rural, regional and remote Australians.

These activities could be conducted via workshops, seminars, conferences or industry
events or through other innovative mechanisms.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available.

Next Gen Farmers is not intended to fund your organisation‟s day-to-day operating costs.
The activity must be completed within six months from the start of the funding agreement.

Who can apply?
Organisations involved in agriculture, fisheries and forestry at the local, regional or national
level are eligible to apply; with a focus on the 18–25 age group, however activities for people
aged 15–30 will be considered.

Applications will be accepted from clusters of organisations joining together to hold an
activity for young people living and working in rural, regional and remote Australia.

Organisations that are not incorporated under Commonwealth or state legislation may apply
if sponsored by an incorporated organisation. In this case, the sponsoring organisation
becomes the applicant.

How many grants will be approved as part of Next Gen Farmers?
The number of grants will depend on the quantity and quality of applications received and
the amount of funding sought by each applicant.

Check it out at;

http://www.daff.gov.au/climatechange/australiasfarmingfuture/community_networks_and
_capacity_building/next-gen-farmers



EOI - Ecoscapes Integrated Tree Cropping 2009 Incentive Scheme
The Avon Catchment Council (ACC) Ecoscapes project aims to conserve the
biodiversity of an area within the context of an agricultural landscape. The locations
have been identified due to the extent and richness of the biodiversity assets located
there.

Three Ecoscape locations have been identified for 2008/09 – Westonia, Wongan
Hills and Dale. A map of these areas can be found on the ACC website.

The ACC recognises that tree cropping integrated into farm enterprises can be a
useful tool to address some threatening processes that are impacting on biodiversity
assets.

The primary outcome the ACC is aiming for with this investment is:
    Benefit to biodiversity or water quality through the management of threatening
      processes.

Other outcomes may include:
    Soils threatened by erosion are retained in-situ
    Valley floor soils threatened by secondary salinity continue to support
      ecological function
    A reduction in the area of waterlogging
    Improved structure for soil types susceptible to structural decline

Previous incentive schemes for integrated tree cropping in the Avon River Basin
have been highly competitive. Applicants who demonstrate the greatest likely
achievement of the outcomes stated above at a rational (value for money) cost will
be given priority. An assessment of project benefits will be conducted on-site and
final decisions will be made by an assessment panel coordinated by the ACC.

Species Offered.
Sandalwood hosts (largely Acacias) – planted at      Oil Mallees (Eucalypt species) planted in
a min of 1000 stems/ha (depending on soil            blocks or belts at 1000 to 1500 stems/ha
capacity and rainfall)                               depending on soil capacity and layout.
    Sites to be 5 ha with a minimum width of             Site to total a minimum of 10 ha or
        10m and individual patches of no less               10,000 seedlings. Maximum allocation
        than 1 ha. Maximum allocation is 10 ha.             20 ha.
                                                          Integrated alley layout preferred, 2-4
    Block plantings acceptable.
                                                            rows.
    Site(s) should not be subject to salinity or         Stock must be excluded for a minimum
        waterlogging.                                       of 9 months
    Land manager must be willing to plant a              Preferred sites – cleared agricultural
        mix of at least 3 host species. 50% of the          land, water gaining sites, deep soils.
        total can be an Acacia acuminata variant           Soil salinity must be tested with the
        suitable to that soil type.                         limits of 150mS/m on duplex/shallow
       Cost of Sandalwood seeds will be the                clay and no more than 200mS/m on
        responsibility of the land manager.                 heavy clays
Brushwood (Melaleuca spp.) 3000 stems/ha             Other native timber species (Eucalypt spp)
    Each site to be a minimum of 1 ha                   Each site to be a minimum of 1 ha
    Maximum allocation 5 ha                             Maximum allocation 10 ha
    Block plantings on wide corridor along              Block plantings preferred
      creeklines acceptable                              Species       to  be    determined    in
    Sites to be in winter waterlogged areas                consultation with the Avon‟s Farm
                                                            Forestry Development Officer

For more information or an Application Form, contact Rebecca Palumbo at
rpalumbo@agric.wa.gov.au or 08 on 9690 2250.

*Application forms need to be returned by 4.00pm 23rd March 2009



SOLAR ENERGY REBATES FOR DOMESTIC HOMES & COMMUNITY BUILDINGS
The Solar Homes and Communities Plan provides up to $8,000 cash rebates for the
installation of solar photovoltaic systems on homes and community use buildings.

The Plan ensures that rebates get to the households that need them most through the
introduction of a means test, with households with an annual taxable income of less than
$100,000 eligible for the rebates.
       Residential rebates are for photovoltaic systems that are connected to a main-grid or
        are very close to a main-grid.

NEW SYSTEMS (450 watts)
Rebate = up to $8,000
    The system must be installed at your principal place of residence
    You have not previously received a rebate for a photovoltaic system from the
      Australia Government.
EXTENSIONS TO OLD SYSTEMS (450 watts)
Rebate = up to $5,000
      If you have not previously received a rebate for your system, you may be eligible for
       a rebate to extend your current system by 1kW.
      If you have previously received a rebate for systems less than 1kW, you may be
       eligible for an extension rebate to bring the system up to a 1kW capacity.
COMMUNTIY USE BUILDINGS (450 watts)
50% of the system cost up to 2kW**
    Grants are available to community organisations that install photovoltaic systems
       where there is significant educational value.

NOTE: **This limit refers to the grant amount only - there are no restrictions on the size of
system that can be installed.

See http://www.environment.gov.au/settlements/renewable/pv/index.html         for   program
guidelines and application forms.


CLIMATE READY FUNDING PROGRAM
Climate Ready provides grants from $50,000 to $5 million on a matching funding basis to
support projects that address the effects of climate change. A broad range of project
applications are expected. For example:

      water recycling, waste recovery or small scale renewable energy technologies
      technologies that reduce the energy used by appliances or increase the efficiency of
       industrial processes
      products, processes or services to monitor emissions or power usage
      using biotechnology or nanotechnology to address the effects of climate change on
       humans and the environment
      information systems for businesses or consumers to compare the carbon footprints
       of different activities
      green building materials that make homes more energy efficient

The program offers small grants ($50,000 to $500,000) and large grants ($500,001 to $5
million).

The small grants support small business, as well as companies controlled by universities
and public sector research organisations, through a simpler application form and reduced
reporting requirements.

Applicants compete for limited grant funds, based on the merit of their application. The
program opened for applications on 28 July 2008. The closing dates are:

      Round 3 - 12 March 2009
      Round 4 - 25 June 2009

For further information about Climate Ready, visit the AusIndustry website at
www.ausindustry.gov.au Click on „AusIndustry products‟, which contains an alphabetical
listing of all AusIndustry programs, and follow the links to Climate Ready. Alternatively,
contact the AusIndustry hotline on 13 28 46 or by email at hotline@ausindustry.gov.au


Household Solar Hot Water System Rebates
$1,000, available in eligible circumstances to install solar and heat pump hot water
systems to replace electric storage hot water systems in existing privately owned
homes.
Offered for systems installed on, or after 18 July 2007 until March 2012, subject to
the availability of funds.
To be eligible for the rebate, a hot water system must:
    replace an electric storage hot water system
    be purchased and installed on, or after 18 July 2007
    be a solar or heat pump hot water system that is eligible for at least 20
      Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) at the time and place of installation
    Be installed by a suitably qualified person (electrician or plumber).




Staff Profile




Sally Rayner
Natural Resource Management Officer, Shire of Bruce Rock
I have been working as the NRMO for the Shire of Bruce Rock since December 2006, after
completing a Bachelor of Agribusiness with Honours in Agronomy at Curtin University,
Muresk. From December 2006 until the end of 2008 I worked as a project officer on a large
„Our Patch‟ project with a number of my NRMO colleagues from other shires and staff from
Greening Australia. I work one day a week for the Salt Land Pastures Association (SPA), as
Grower Support Network (GSN) Advisor and also work one day a week as project officer, for
the Enhancing Valley Floor Environments project. On a regional level I am involved in a
project management role, overseeing the Adopting Innovative Practices to Improve the
Resilience of Farming Systems in the Northern and Eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia,
project; a $300,000 project that the Wheatbelt East Regional Organisation of Councils
(WEROC) NRM in partnership with North Eastern Wheatbelt Organisation of Councils
(NEWROC) NRM were successful in receiving funding through the Australian Federal
Governments Caring for our Country Open Grants (CfoC) round. On a Shire level I am
working on a number of projects, a few of these include:
       The installation of rainwater tanks on all shire buildings through the Community
        Water Grants funding;
         Granite Way Project;
         Kokerbin Rock and Kwolyin old town site management plans and upgrades;
         Local SPA sites and
         Local CfoC sites.
Other daily NRM tasks/services provided include:
         Advisory services;
         Awareness services;
         Technical support services;
         Training;
         Extension and
         Project Management.


I live in Bruce Rock and spend most of my weekends travelling to and from or staying at my
boyfriend‟s farm North of Mukinbudin. I enjoy being involved with my local community and
love the rewards and challenges associated with working and living in rural W.A.


My contact details are:
E: nrmo@brucerock.wa.gov.au
Ph: 08) 9061 1677
M: 0428 725 593
F: 08) 9061 1340
Postal Address: PO Box 113 Bruce Rock W.A. 6418


Staff Movements
Nil

NRM Employment Vacancies in the Avon
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
$35-$45/hr commensurate with experience

The Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women (FAAW) invites tenders for the
role of Communications Officer. The two-year contract includes:

Maintain professional image of FAAW
Preparation and distribution of media releases, brochures and other promotional
content; promotion and coordination of project work; website administration and
content; ensure a professional image for the organisation is portrayed at all times.

Coordinate effective internal communication
Coordination of communication between Board members and stakeholders;
database management; online document management; liaison with project
managers and Board as a whole; timely coordination of correspondence to and from
external stakeholders including partners, sponsors and patron and event supporters.

Contribute to the effective administration of FAAW
Maintenance of administrative files; assist Company Secretary to ensure company
registers are up to date including Resolution, Membership, Directors and outgoing
mail Registers as well as ASIC and
ATO; attend FAAW Board meetings where applicable; ad hoc administration such as
seeking and preparing grant applications, follow through enquiries and collect and
address mail in a timely manner; maintain a professional relationship with all FAAW
stakeholders.
It is anticipated this role will be up to 1 day/wk initially with the potential to grow.
Please submit a written application to FAAW outlining your relevant and
demonstrable experience and how you would manage this role. The location is
flexible but you must have reliable broadband and mobile access.

The closing date for submission of proposals is 5pm EDST, 12th March 2009.
Enquiries should be sent to: Jane Cleeve by email: contact@faaw.org.au or 0431
457 927.


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Useful Links & Contacts
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NRM Funding in WA           http://www.nrm.wa.gov.au/nrmFundingInWa.htm

Grantslink    http://www.grantslink.gov.au/

WA’s Community Grants and funding
http://wa.gov.au/governmentservices/lifestyleenvironment/yourcommunity/grantsfunding/

Grants Directory – download at      http://grantsdirectory.dlgrd.wa.gov.au/

Valuing our State’s Heritage Grants (Lotterywest Grants)
http://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/index.php

Heritage Council Grants Program http://www.heritage.wa.gov.au/d_grants.html
Landcare Community Grants
http://www.landcareonline.com/funding_opportunity_details.asp?fo_id=9

Free NRM Advisory Service - A free and independent advice service for regional NRM
bodies has been launched by Land & Water Australia.
The service assists regional NRM bodies select approaches for decision making. Advice is
provided by a team of consultants from RM Consulting Group (RMCG) and Symbolix.
See www.lwa.com.au

Grower Group Alliance NEWSWIRE LINK
The Grower Group Alliance Newswire provides information about activities, training, field
days and funding opportunities for the benefit of broadacre grower groups.

The Grower Group Alliance Newswire provides information about
activities, training, field days and funding opportunities for the benefit of
broadacre grower groups.

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To easily navigate around Newswire, click on the link below.
http://www.gga.org.au/Newswire

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