What We Do

Productive Relationships

Ranger days employing 20 Aboriginal Rangers
Hectares planted with traditional bush tucker species
Landcare groups funded via community capacity and equipment grants
10 000
People receiving NRM information

Wheatbelt NRM’s Productive Relationships program helps the community understand natural resource management issues affecting our region and how to help manage them.

The Productive Relationships program works to make NRM an integral part of the Avon Wheatbelt community’s social and economic lifestyle.

We work with the Aboriginal community to develop NRM projects that build a strong regional community. This includes involving them in our project planning, as well as supporting activities on Aboriginal-owned lands and at culturally significant sites.

We are also committed to developing environmentally sustainable lifestyles within the region, and to supporting and involving our young people in NRM.

We achieve this by:

  • developing a strategic vision and plan for natural resource management for the Avon Wheatbelt region using a resilience assessment.
  • building the skills, knowledge and capacity of the Aboriginal community to get involved in NRM  and sustainably manage their lands
  • providing NRM employment and training opportunities for the Aboriginal community
  • involving the region’s young people in specific education and NRM activities and events
  • encouraging sustainable living through events, articles and funding
  • running the annual NRM community survey
  • distributing regular NRM news and information to the regional community via our website, social media, quarterly newsletter and fortnightly e-news bulletin
  • publishing NRM information, case studies, reports and the annual NRM calendar.
Aboriginal NRM in the Wheatbelt

The Avon River Basin is predominantly the spiritual home of the Ballardong Noongar people. Our Aboriginal NRM program builds knowledge, skills and capacity in the regional Noongar community so they can be actively involved in natural resource management. We work with the Aboriginal community to identify culturally and ecologically significant sites in the region that can benefit from management. We then develop management plans and carry out onground activities at these sites where possible. Appropriate community members are involved in project steering groups to oversee individual projects. We also help the Aboriginal community record previously-unregistered sites of cultural significance with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. In this way, the local people are involved in the care and protection of the land and their own cultural history.

The Wheatbelt NRM Noongar Elders Advisory Group provides specific cultural guidance and traditional knowledge to our natural resource management programs in the region. They particularly help identify places of cultural importance to the Noongar community that need management, restoration, protection or interpretation. The Group provides advice on culturally sensitive issues at our project sites, and identifies appropriate people to work with and oversee activities. They also help record Traditional Ecological Knowledge for the region and approve Aboriginal NRM publications (e.g. the annual Wheatbelt NRM calendar, educational resources).

We also work closely with the following groups to create the right future in NRM for the Aboriginal community and to identify people that have cultural authority and ‘speak for Country’:

  • Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal groups
  • the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council
  • the Department of Aboriginal Affairs
  • the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Our Aboriginal NRM program is important for building partnerships between land managers and the Aboriginal community. We work with non-Aboriginal landholders to develop site management plans for cultural sites on their lands.

The Mooditj Boodja website promotes community stories about Country and records Traditional Ecological Knowledge and oral history. It is an important tool for preserving and handing on the culture and knowledge of the local Aboriginal people. The website records Aboriginal land management projects completed by Wheatbelt NRM, so that the community can learn how to run similar projects on their own land or in their communities. It is also a useful school educational resource.

The Mooditj Boodja  website shares short films recorded with members of the Noongar community about:

  • caring for and living on Country
  • land management
  • bush tucker and medicine
  • plant and animal knowledge
  • cultural stories.

The website is publicly accessible and members of the community can submit their own stories. If you have a story to share, please contact the Productive Relationships Program Manager, Chris David, on 08 9670 3107  or email cdavid@wheatbeltnrm.org.au.

We also provide NRM employment and training opportunities for the Aboriginal community. See the Aboriginal NRM Employment Opportunities page for more information.

We are always looking for community input into our programs. Contact the Productive Relationships Program Manager, Chris David, on 08 9670 3107 to discuss your ideas for activities on your lands or with school, youth or Aboriginal groups. You can also submit your project idea to us.

Productive Relationships Projects

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2016 Moorditj Boodjar Environmental Awards for Students
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Wheatbelt NRM offers the Moorditj Boodjar Environmental Award for Students annually to primary and secondary schools throughout the Avon River Basin with winners receiving a hardcover copy of Wildlife in Australia and a ‘Certificate of Merit’ presented by a member of the Wheatbelt NRM team.


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Participants at this year’s BioBlitz were successful in finding well over 300 species at Tarin and North Tarin Rock Nature Reserves near Lake Grace.

Even though results are still coming in, so far the following have been identified:

 Nature enthusiasts discover hidden species
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A SMALL army of volunteer nature enthusiasts discovered evidence of the rare Western mouse in a recent Bioblitz near Lake Grace.


More than 60 people spent a weekend auditing native flora and fauna across two reserves at Tarin Rock.


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Wheatbelt NRM and other registered charities in the region will soon benefit from promoting their charity status by displaying the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Charity Tick.


The symbol hopes to enable charities to seek wider support from the community.


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Would you like to build your Landcare group’s online presence to; keep your local and volunteer community updated, have stronger engagement, and grow your group’s fundraising capability?

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Wheatbelt NRM and Dumbleyung Landcare Zone recently hosted the 2016 Tarin Rock BioBlitz near Lake Grace. BioBlitzes are citizen science initiatives where a snapshot is taken of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and plants over a 24 hour period, this time at Tarin and North Tarin Rock Nature Reserves.


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The Coalition Government is undertaking a review of the delivery arrangements of the National Landcare Programme, to ensure it is effective, efficient and continues to target natural resource management priorities.


Landcare champion recognised
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Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, last night congratulated the winner of the 2016 Bob Hawke Landcare Award, Stephen Burgess, of Queensland.


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The 2016 National Landcare Award winners were announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne last night (22nd September 2016).


Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, congratulated winners drawn from 69 finalists in every state and territory, with major awards announced in ten categories on the night.

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