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.
Black-flanked rock-wallabies (BFRW) were once common across much of central and Western Australia, until changing fire regimes, the introduction of feral cats and foxes coupled with changing land use (among other threats) resulted in population fragmentation and crashes
This project uses a coordinated grassroots approach to threat mitigation of feral vertebrates across the South West of WA. Local communities are supported to undertake control programs at key times of the year in the context of a larger coordinated program.
As part of the National Landcare Program Wheatbelt NRM has been set the task of urgently acting to protect the threatened species - Matchstick Banksia, Banksia cuneata, also known as the Quairading Banksia.
Using demonstration sites the ‘Maximising Fodder Options in Mixed Farming Systems’ project will showcase how taking a holistic approach to a range of forage and pasture options can change the outcome on livestock production and soil health.
BioBlitz brings together community members and groups who are interested in learning more about their natural environment, professional and amateur biologists, scientists, ecologists and naturalists. We’d love you to join us.
The eConnected Grainbelt Demonstration project uses technology to help landholders make better-informed decisions for farm management. Using feedback from growers to develop better tools is an important part of the project.
This project will deliver Stage 3 of the Living Lakes initiative which involves implementing innovative engineering solutions and developing activation plans to enhance the amenity, use and visitation of two key lakes in regional Western Australia.
Wheatbelt NRM is collaborating with Enviro-Stories to work with 10 schools in our region, to write a Biodiversity-themed short story focusing on local threatened species and what can be done to save them from extinction.
The Creating Connections Project ran between October 2011 and June 2013 in the south-eastern Wheatbelt. This project worked with farmers to help them plan revegetation activities on their farms in the Avon Wheatbelt IBRA region.
The Farming Landscapes for the Future – Decision Support for Farmers in Agroforestry project ran from October 2011 to June 2013. This project increased access to planning tools that help landholders add agroforestry to farming systems in the Avon NRM region.
A systems analysis was used to understand the state of the regional environment, with community and scientific expertise engaged to determine community values that would underpin a resilience assessment.
This project aims to build the capacity of the Aboriginal community in natural resource management through NRM program delivery, and to build initiatives that contribute to a sustainable regional community.
Better management, harvesting and reuse of stormwater can increase resilience and amenity for Wheatbelt communities. By reducing our dependency on drinking water to irrigate town ovals, parks and gardens, we can also decrease management costs.