Avon Catchment Council e-News
Issue #45 Tuesday 10th February 2009
Special Feature by Michelle Kidman, ACC Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator
Mapping Our Investment Footprint
Investment footprint mapping is being carried out in all six Western Australian
Natural Resource Management groups. It will enable everyone interested in
protecting our natural resources to see what has been done where, and by whom.
The Avon Catchment Council (ACC) is working with the Shared Land Information
Platform (or SLIP) NRM Info team to map all ACC delivered projects funded through
the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality and the Natural Heritage
Trust funding program for the period 2005-2009.
To date 24 projects have been mapped, with over 4,214 project outputs captured.
Some of these outputs include:
Monitoring water quality of the Avon River and it’s tributaries
Managing biodiversity and water quality through monitoring, fencing,
revegetation, pest and weed control, and fire management guidelines.
Planting of saltbush, sandalwood, brushwood, oil mallees and other species
suitable for saline affected land
Integrating tree crops into cropping systems
Mapping and reporting on salinity trend analysis
Monitoring and analysis of soil quality and pH across the Avon
Identification of sites of Aboriginal significance, and collecting Aboriginal
natural resource management knowledge to manage these sites
In addition, over 6,000 kilometres of regionally significant roads in the Avon River
Basin, assessed for their risk of damage through the impacts of salinity, have also
This information will be publicly available on the NRM Info website in the very near
future. Keep posted, and visit the NRM Info website at
NRM Info will be updated regularly to include new projects being delivered through
the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program.
The investment footprint - a map of the Avon River Basin showing locations of ACC projects.
Calendar of Events
FEBRUARY 20 Applications for Pest Management Grant DUE see below for more details
20 SHOP AT WOOLWORTHS TODAY to contribute towards donation of 100%
profits towards the Backing Our Farmers Grant Assistance Program see below
for more details
24-25 Agribusiness Crop Updates (Burswood) - Contact: Steve Penny on
9821 3333 or email@example.com
27 Northam Crop Updates – Contact: Christiaan Valentine on 9690 2197 or
MARCH 1 Clean Up Australia Day. Register at http://events.cleanup.org.au/
4 WANTFA Field Day: Water Use Efficiency Theme
Contact: Kaye on 0427 223 3395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
23 Applications for Avon Ecoscape Tree Cropping Grant DUE see below for more
27 Climate 21 Conference, Burswood see below for more details
General Events, Happenings & News
RED CARD FOR RED FOX PROGRAM 2009
Over 350,000 fox baits have been laid by 8000 farmers since 2004 – will you join
the 41 groups currently involved in our 2009 autumn effort at giving the Red
Card to the Red Fox?
Fox control can be a low cost, low key but highly effective activity when we all band
together to do our bit, which is what the Red Card for the Red Fox programme is all
about. Every autumn since 2004 has been dedicated to fox control by increasing
numbers of farmers, agencies and Local Governments keen to make the biggest
dent possible on fox numbers across the agricultural landscape. It’s also great timing
for controlling rabbit populations using 1080 poison oats, as a poisoned rabbit has
flow-on benefits by acting as a fox bait.
With agreement that a good fox is a dead fox, we are calling all landowners to get
involved in baiting and shooting of foxes and rabbits in March across the agricultural
region. Farmers should contact local coordinators from Landcare groups and/or
Local Governments, who are organising activities in line with community priorities.
Furthermore, Stockbrands Co. has offered to a bounty for each fox and cat shot on
specific weekends, as well as holding a raffle for all farmers participating in shooting
/ baiting activities that are 2009 Stockbrands clients – with fantastic prizes on offer!
Everyone should be interested in becoming involved and anyone wanting further
information should contact Central Coordinator, Sally Thomson on 9861 2222.
"Do you think you could run a sustainable and resilient
Get your chance to have a go at managing a farm using the "Future Farm
Industries CRCs new and improved Future Farm Business interactive learning
The Department of Agriculture and Food WA is hosting a workshop and invites you
(a stakeholder in supporting sustainable agriculture in the eastern Wheatbelt region)
to participate in a workshop to be held in Merredin. Dr Amir Abadi, a DAFWA
economist now working for the Department of Environment and Conservation,
originated the concept together with David Pannell. Amir will be facilitating the
At this interactive workshop you are given a farm to manage over a period of time.
Each year you will make management decisions based on commodity prices,
weather predictions and other information provided by the facilitator. Management
decisions will include what crops to plant and where, how to include tree crops and
the effect your decisions have on the overall condition of the farm (increased or
decreased waterlogging or salinity) and profitability. For more information, see the
latest AVONGRO newsletter;
Attendance is FREE but is limited to 20 participants.
Who is the workshop for? Designed for landholders, government officers, natural
resource management officers, catchment councils and agribusiness.
When: Tuesday the 17th of February 2009. Arrive at 9:30am for a 10.00am start.
The workshop will finish by 4pm, includes morning and afternoon tea and a light
Where: DAFWA's Dryland Research Institute, Great Eastern Highway, Merredin,
Conference Room 1
RSVPs: Essential by the 9th of February 2009 to Renee Manning on phone
90813116, or email email@example.com. The workshop requires one
laptop per two people.
Contact Dr Ami Abadi for more information on workshop content - 9334 0816,
Private Forestry Development Committees – Past and Future
Date: Tuesday 24th February 2009.
Time: 9am to 12 pm
Venue: Training Centre, Department of Environment and Conservation
17 Dick Perry Drive, KENSINGTON WA
Cost: Free of Charge, morning tea provided
Five short presentations from the Executive Officer of each PFDC will be followed by a
discussion on the future role of PFDC’s in the development of farm forestry in Western
AVONGRO Wheatbelt Tree Cropping – Monica Durcan
South East Forest Foundation – Ted English
Timber 2020 – Julia Levinson
Trees Mid-west – Phil Bellamy
Trees South West – Leonie Offer
RSVP’s are essential for catering purposes.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or on 9845 5633 before February 17th,
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
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]
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:
New income opportunities
Climate 21 is designed for:
Representatives from all levels of government
Members of the public
By working together the industry can ensure that Western Australian agriculture is well
prepared to deal with the future and that our voice is heard.
Rural, Remote and Regional Women Network Information
RRR Network now have e-news providing information about activities, training
events, boards and committee positions, grants and award opportunities for rural,
remote and regional women and their communities. If you would like to receive
the RRR e-news follow the link
http://www.rrr.wa.gov.au/newsletter_subscribe.asp or contact
email@example.com to subscribe.
RRR Network Magazine Latest Edition – Summer 2008. The RRR Network
Family Organiser calendar was also distributed with the magazine. Contact us
if you would like a copy.
If you would like to submit an article or a photo for My View go to our website
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women & Leadership Breakfast & Half Day Seminar Perth, 19th of February
International Women's Day 2009 Perth, 6-8th of March
NFF 2009 Innovation in Agriculture Awards Applications close 3rd April
Grant, Rebates, Scholarships & Projects
Backing our Farmers NEW!
The Road to Recovery: Applications Open Soon for Grants for Farmers and Rural Australia
Drought and rebuilding rural communities is something that’s close to our heart.
When you shop at Woolworths on Friday 20th of February, 100% of the profits from the
day will go to funding applications for Community Infrastructure and Emergency
Assistance grants for farmers and rural Australia.
The Country Women’s Association will again be facilitating the grants program on
behalf of Woolworths. $10 million has been donated to individuals and farming
families over the past two years from this fund. So please consider shopping at
Woolworths on Friday 20th of February to support this year's important program.
Applying for Grants:
There are two grant programs available to apply for:
The Community Infrastructure Grant: Rural communities can apply for funds
for community building, infrastructure and maintenance projects, further
guaranteeing farming communities not merely survive, but get back on the road
The Emergency Assistance Grant: Individuals, farmers and families can
apply for Emergency Assistance funds for every day expenses such as pre-
school fees, school uniforms, groceries, medicines
Application forms will be available from 9th of February 2009
Individuals and communities wishing to apply for Grants can call 1800 237 876
For more information please go to www.woolworths.com.au
The processing of applications and the allocation of funds will be made after
20th of February 2009 for the Emergency Assistance Grants
Applications of the Community Infrastructure Grant will close on 30th of April
and will be processed thereafter
All applications will be managed and processed by the CWA
Where does the money come from?
100% of the profits from sales at Woolworths and Safeway supermarkets on Friday 20 th of
February 2009 will be donated to the Country Women’s Association for the Community
Infrastructure and Emergency Assistance grants.
Avon Catchment Council
2008/09 Community Pest Management Grants
Guidelines and Application Form
Guidelines are available for individuals, groups and organisations applying for
Incentive Funding to implement on-ground works to address the impact of priority
pests on biodiversity assets.
Available from Rebecca Palumbo at the Avon Catchment Council on email
email@example.com or phone 08 9690 2250
Closing Date: Application must be received or postmarked by 4.00 pm on Friday
20 February 2009.
Use this application if your project is covering:
Weeds: Outbreaks of weed species that if not controlled soon will result in a
broader infestation impacting on a biodiversity asset.
Pest Animals: Projects aimed at reducing the impact pest animals are having on a
biodiversity asset that can be implemented by community groups or land managers.
Foxes and rabbits are the main species targeted with this round.
Sustainable Energy Grants Program – Funding Round Feb 2009
Funding applications are invited for innovative sustainable energy projects under the
next funding round of the Sustainable Energy Development Office (SEDO) Grants
The SEDO Grants Program provides grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 for:
community-based sustainable energy projects; and
sustainable energy research and development projects.
The next funding round closes at 5pm (WDT) on Friday 27 February 2009. No
late applications will be accepted.
Further details on the program, including guidelines and application forms, are
available at http://www.sedo.energy.wa.gov.au/pages/grants.asp.
CONTACT: Rebecca Driscoll
Senior Program Officer
Sustainable Energy Development Office
Tel: (08) 9420 5606 | Fax: (08) 9420 5699
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
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
The primary outcome the ACC is aiming for with this investment is:
Benefit to biodiversity or water quality through the management of threatening
Other outcomes may include:
Soils threatened by erosion are retained in-situ
Valley floor soils threatened by secondary salinity continue to support
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.
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.
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 limits of
suitable to that soil type. 150mS/m on duplex/shallow clay and no more
Cost of Sandalwood seeds will be the than 200mS/m on heavy clays
responsibility of the land manager.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com
National Solar Schools Grants
Up to $50 000 (GST exclusive) to install solar and other renewable power systems,
solar hot water systems, rainwater tanks and a range of energy efficiency measures.
Available from July 08 – July 2015.
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
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).
FarmReady (the new FarmBis)
The new Australian Government are however providing $26.5 million to train farmers
in preparation for climate change as part of the $130 million Australia’s Farming
Grants available are:
1. Primary Producer Reimbursement Grant: up to $1,500 per financial year
available to primary producers and indigenous land managers to attend
approved training courses. Up to $500 of the available grant can be used for
travel, accommodation, and childcare costs incurred in attending the training.
2. Industry grant: Eligible industry, farming and natural resource management
groups will be able to apply for a grant of up to $80 000 per financial year to
undertake projects that will assist in the development of strategies to manage
the impacts of climate change.
Further information about the FarmReady program will be available in the coming months.
Updates will be provided on the website above, or call 1800 638 746.
Natural Resource Management Officer, Shire of Mt Marshall
Provide environmental advice and support to local landholders.
Coordinate environmental projects with the landholders in the Shire.
Advertise funding availability for environmental projects and assist landholders in
securing such funding.
Manage and operate the Community Nursery.
Liaise with the local schools in organising educational, environmental activities for
the children (Includes tree planting and recycling, etc).
Bore monitoring for Combores and EEI Beacon project.
Oil Mallee Association Eastern Wheatbelt Representative.
Coordinate vermin control projects and seek funding for such projects within the
Bencubbin Botanic Gardens – Design, establishment and management of water-
wise, Wheatbelt endemic, native plants. All layers of vegetation (ground covers,
clumpy herbs, shrubs and trees) are included in these gardens. The gardens are
not only aesthetically pleasing to visitors to Bencubbin but are a demonstration to
local landholders of what plants will grow in our region and what they look like. We
are encouraging local landholders to diversify the species they use in revegetation
projects that will encourage biodiversity in the Shire of Mt Marshall. Many of the
plants included in the gardens were grown in the Community Nursery.
Saline Farm Forestry – Design and establishment of 4 sites trialling 9 different
species of trees potentially suited for Farm Forestry in the low rainfall, north eastern
Wheatbelt. Most of the trees used in this project were grown in the Community
Oil Mallee Association Eastern Wheatbelt Field Day – I am currently involved in
organising an Oil Mallee field day for Nungarin on Friday March 13 2009.
NEWROC/WEROC Caring for Our Country Free Seedlings Project – Along with all
the other NRMO’s in the region, I am involved in operating this project. This project
will see the distribution and planting of tens of thousands of native trees (Oil
Mallees, Sandalwood and Acacia hosts, Broombush and Casuarina obesa),
saltbush and perennial pastures on private landholders’ properties across the
NEWROC/WEROC Shires during winter 2009.
Fox and Rabbit Blitz March 2009 – Advertise and coordinate fox and rabbit control
program in the Shire this March. We have previously secured $ for $ funding for
about 20 landholders, through the Declared Species Group, to encourage
landholders to carry out vermin control. This program is planned to tie in with the
Red Card for the Red Fox project that Sally Thomson is promoting across the
Contact: Email – firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone – Office: (08) 9685 1202, Mobile -
0407 851 113
NRM Employment Vacancies in the Avon
Natural Resource Management Officer
Shires of Koorda and Wyalkatchem
Salary range: $38,000-$45,000 + benefits
The Shires of Koorda and Wyalkatchem are seeking a self-motivated and
enthusiastic person to take up the challenging but rewarding position of Natural
Resource Manager with the above Shires. A reasonable amount of travel will be
The successful applicant should possess a relevant degree of Environmental
Science, Natural Resource Management or demonstrate equivalent qualifications
and experience. The person would be expected to have a sound understanding of
dry land farming areas and rural communities.
The Shires of Koorda and Wyalkatchem are situated in the North-East Wheatbelt
Region and the Officer would reside in Wyalkatchem - depending on current living
arrangements. Wyalkatchem is located approximately two hours north east of Perth.
The position is for an initial period of 3 years. The salary offered will be in the range
of $38,000-$45,000 per annum. A salary package including superannuation,
negotiated private use of a motor vehicle, rental accommodation and other benefits
will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
Interested persons are encouraged to obtain a Position Description, 'Duty Statement'
by contacting the Shire of Koorda on: 08-9684-1219 during office hours or by
Written applications addressing the selection criteria; including details of
qualifications, experience and contact details of at least two referees must be
submitted to the undersigned by 4pm, 20th of February 2009.
Further information can be obtained from:
Koorda-Wyalkatchem NRM Scheme
Win a dozen bottles of wine - 'NRMjobs' trivia quiz
At the start of each month, the NRM Jobs Website posts 10 or more new trivia
questions - with a natural resource management theme. The winner receives a
dozen bottles of wine from our local Adelaide Hills & McLaren Vales regions, worth
about $200. You can find the Quiz at: http://www.nrmjobs.com.au/quiz.htm
Useful Links & Contacts
[CTRL and Click on links to divert to the relevant website]
NRM Funding in WA http://www.nrm.wa.gov.au/nrmFundingInWa.htm
WA’s Community Grants and funding
Grants Directory – download at http://grantsdirectory.dlgrd.wa.gov.au/
Valuing our State’s Heritage Grants (Lotterywest Grants)
Heritage Council Grants Program http://www.heritage.wa.gov.au/d_grants.html
Landcare Community Grants
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.
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.
To easily navigate around Newswire, click on the links below.
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