Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, called for applications for the competitive $50 million Smart Farms Small Grants, through the National Landcare Program, which opened on 24 October 2017.
Landholders, scientists and community stakeholders gathered together as part of Wheatbelt NRM’s annual general meeting last week. Nearly one hundred people met in Northam for a think tank to help shape the future management of natural resources in the Wheatbelt.
Last week, Wheatbelt NRM’s Noongar Boodja Ranger Team assisted the Shire of Northam in cleaning and maintaining Burlong Pool, which is a site of cultural significance to the local Noongar people of Northam.
Perhaps most exciting, is the germination of the bush tomatoes, which Deb has being trying to achieve for the last two years. With the first 100 plants going in the ground in early November and another 900 to follow, there should be tomatoes galore at the end of the growing season.
Wheatbelt NRM conducted Free Seedling Days in nine Wheatbelt communities over the past month which were hugely successful. In particular towns such as York, we were overwhelmed with the response by townsfolk and those in surrounding areas.
More than 70 volunteers, ecologists and scientists identified nearly 400 native species at last weekend’s Bioblitz near York. The rapid 24-hour hunt involved the search and identification of flora and fauna, including insects, in a 200-hectare patch of bush land just west of the town.