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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With only three weeks to go until the Tarin Rock BioBlitz near Lake Grace, we popped out to see how the site is going and what creatures are out and about.


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A single tractor working at sunset on a farm in Wongan Hills has taken out this year’s Youth Environment Photo Competition.

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If you haven't seen the wonderful winning images from our 2016 Youth Environment Photography Competition yet, you are in for a treat!  


2016 Wheatbelt Science Forum
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The Wheatbelt Science Forum is an annual event presented by the Inland Lighthouse Network

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Wheatbelt NRM and Dumbleyung Landcare Zone are co-hosting the Tarin Rock Bioblitz in October 2016, to better enhance knowledge and understanding of the area's biodiversity values.


The local community are encouraged to take part in conducting biodiversity surveys during the event, alongside environmental professionals.

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Two lucky landcarers from the Wheatbelt region have the opportunity to attend the National Landcare Conference and Awards in Melbourne this year, thanks to our Regional Landcare Facilitator and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.


Photo by Taylor Geier, aged 7 years
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Westonia Community Resource Centre recently held a photography workshop to encourage local children to enter the Wheatbelt NRM Youth Environment Photography competition.


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The National Landcare Conference is a fabulous opportunity for Landcarers across the country to come together and learn from one another. It is also a chance to discuss building a resilient agricultural and environmental future for Australia.


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With Tarin Rock near Lake Grace now confirmed as the location for this year's BioBlitz, registrations are now open for Volunteer Team Leaders and people interested in attending the event.


Click here for detailed event information



The Team