This ‘3 Year Plan’ presents strategic direction to ensure Wheatbelt NRM effectively responds to national, state and regional NRM needs. This will be achieved by engaging our community to actively support and progress our strategic objectives. This ‘3 Year Plan’ is supported each year by an Operations Plan that sets out how resources will be allocated and utilised in progressing the strategic objectives in this document.
The Wheatbelt Regional NRM Strategy guides NRM investment priorities within the region. The regional community provided important guidance to the development of the strategy, which reflects their values and understanding of the environment they live in and know.
Australia has an incredible diversity of bird species, with 898 recorded, including vagrants or accidental visitors and introduced species. Of this total, Western Australia has 550 species, 17 of which are found only in Western Australia. The Avon River Basin has a remarkable 224 recorded species - over 25 percent of the national total.
Wheatbelt NRM is pleased to announce that one of our new projects this year is a Smart Farms small grant looking at how Wheatbelt farmers are using local sources of composted waste to tackle declining soil carbon on their farms.
The Living Lakes project is working on Lake Ewlyamartup in Katanning to undertake engineering works to keep water in the lake for longer into the season and improve the water quality so the community can use this local and regional attraction for recreation over the summer.
Pet and feral cats together are killing over two billion reptiles, birds and mammals per year in Australia, and most of these animals are natives, according to a new book written by three of Australia’s leading environmental scientists.
The Regional NRM Strategy for the Avon River Basin identifies Soil Productivity as one of the big resource issues facing the region and Wheatbelt NRM has responded by making soil health the centre of our work in the agricultural sector.