South West LINK
20 March 2017

Welcome to this edition of the South West Link and the Noongar season of Bunuru. During this time Noongar people collected the fruits of the zamia and removed the toxin.  Tailor and mullet were trapped in shallow water.

Remember to send all your latest news, media releases, events and project updates to so that we can share them with the network. 
SWCC Photo Competition winners

Jaime Harris has taken out the SWCC Photo Competition for her aerial shot of sorghum mowing at the Triskele Family Farm. The photo was described as unique and beautifully composed by the SWCC judges. Jaime is a 25 year old quadriplegic who has just started taking photos using a drone over the past 4 weeks.  Jaime wins a 12" digital photo frame and a $20 Bunnings voucher for her efforts.


In second place was Greg Harewood's spectacular photo of a Motorbike Frog.

In third place was Bree Browne's Leaf Beetle on Marri photo.

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos in the competition. We have some incredible talent out there!  
Volunteer to help the Hairy Marron

The endemic hairy marron can be found in the upper pools of the Margaret River but it is being out-numbered by non-local smooth marron.  Volunteers are needed to "fish-out" the smooth marron.  Read more
Western Dairy Innovation Day 2017

This event in Ruabon is the WA dairy industry's big day out.  Catch up on latest innovations, ideas and tools to take home to your dairy business.  Read more
Latest News & Opinion

Environment volunteering is alive and well...not dead
Far from being in decline, environment volunteering is on the increase, so says Jim Sullivan, Chair of NRM WA.  Read more
Farmers are doing more
Farmers are undoubtedly doing more, working together, and often contributing their own money and time, to address local issues such as weeds and feral pests, soil condition and water management.  Read more
If you love posting photos of our incredible South West on Instagram, then be sure to include #landcaresouthwest so we can collectively show all that this region has to offer. SWCC will be including an Instagram feed on our new website that could feature your image!

State of the Environment Report
In the past 5 years environmental practices and policies in Australia have achieved many improvements, however there are some areas where the environment is deteriorating.  Read more
Cape to Cape Catchment Group name change
To reflect a shift in focus to a broader community support and partnership approach, the Cape to Cape Catchment Group has re-branded to Nature Conservation Margaret River Region Inc. 
Work for the Dole / Soul
The Manjimup Community Resource Centre is inviting participants to help create an Events Suport Unit to assist not-for-profit organisations in Manjimup.  For more information contact Sonja Hoctor.
Vision for the Wheatbelt
Ben Cole is Managing Director of Wide Open Agriculture, who you may remember from the South West Celebration last year.  His business empowers Wheatbelt farmers to transition towards regenerative farming practices.  View Ben's presentation
Economic benefits of investing in NLP
In 2015, the National Landcare Advisory Committee and the Department of Environment commissioned a report to assess the economic benefits of investment into Landcare and the National Landcare Programme.  Read more
Emerging Leader Award
If you or someone you know is striving for success in the parks and leisure industry and stands out as a potential leader, then nominate for this award.   Read more
Small Landholders Workshops
Courses and events are being planned to assist owners of small rural properties, particularly in the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes. To register your interest email Adrian Williams.
Project to protect Windmills surf break
A project is underway to remove an infestation of weeds and prevent erosion at the access track to the popular Windmills surf break near Cape Naturaliste.  The project has been made possible with assistance from volunteers, Dunsborough Coast and Land Care, SWCC, Yallingup LCDC, the Cape to Cape Catchments Group and a State Government Coastwest grant.  Read more
Learn plant propagation
Join the Katanning Plant Propagation Group on the second Tuesday of every month from 1 - 3pm.  For more information email Katanning Landcare.
WIFE memberships available
Women in Farming Enterprises (WIFE) is an active farm business network with nine branches across WA.  Membership will give you access to resources, a closed Facebook member group and the support of a wide network of farm business women.  Read more
Threatened Species Prospectus
The Australian Government has just released its Threatened Species Prospectus which is a step towards reversing the decline of our native plants and animals.   Read more
National Wetlands Update
This update from the Australian Government highlights wetlands for disaster risk reduction.  Read more
Small grants for rural communities
Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer a clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia.  Applications close 31 March.  Read more
Have your say
Australian Bird Feeding and Watering Study
Record your observations of birds feeding or bathing and contribute to a national citizen science project. Read more
WA Landcare Network survey
Input is invited from all landcare sectors including "friends of" groups, agricultural groups, Waterwatch, Coastcare, Oceanwatch, Bushcare, Parkcare, environmental groups and others to provide a baseline snapshot of all those contributing to the sustainable management of our environment. Read more
Funding, Scholarships & Tenders
South West Community Engagement & Capacity Grants
Small grants of up to $1000 are available to community, Landcare and local government groups to run NRM events and engagement initiatives across the South West. Grants must be acquitted by 30 June 2017. Read more
Churchill Fellowships
The Churchill Trust is calling for applications for fellowships to travel overseas in 2018.  People from rural and regional Australia are encouraged to apply.  Read more
RDA Wheatbelt Training Scholarships
RDA Wheatbelt are offering a small number of scholarships to Not for Profit organisations within the Wheatbelt that operate community enterprises, to help build business skills to expand and grow the business. Applications are open to all Not for Profits looking to expand and provide local employment.  Read more

Fire recovery projects
Grants of up to $10,000 are available for landowners affected by the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop fire to undertake environmental recovery works on their properties.  Contact Megan Leroy.

Waterwise Verge Incentive Scheme
Water Corporation is offering funding to Waterwise Councils that actively encourage their ratepayers to create waterwise verge gardens.  Read more
Water Irrigation Innovation Grants
$20 million is available for projects such as closed-system technologies for horticultural enterprises, the development of feasibility and market studies, demonstration and infrastructure projects. Read more
Innovation vouchers for great local ideas
WA innovators are able to apply for up to $20,000 in professional services vouchers to develop their ideas to market. Read more
Managing stock on waterways in the Lower Blackwood
Through the Government's Regional Estuaries Initiative, funding is available for on-ground works such as fencing and revegetation in the Lower Blackwood district. Email for more information
Heritage and Conservation Grants
Lotterywest has funding available to help organisations conserve, protect, explain and share various aspects of our heritage.  Read more

Cash back for volunteers to separate waste
Volunteer groups will be rewarded with cash payments under a new Australian Government program aimed at diverting recyclable waste from landfill in WA. Read more  

Farming Together  - Farm Cooperatives and Collaboration
The $14.9m Farming Together initiative is now open for applications to boost farmer-based collaborations.  The national, two year campaign is a resource for primary producers to help value-add, build marketplace strength and boost returns.  Read more

State NRM Office - Community Capability Grants
Open until May 2017 (or until funds extinguished) up to $10,000. Read more

Farming for the Future Harvey, 21 March

NEW Possum night stalk Binningup, 23 March 
NEW Bat night Eaton, 24 March

NEW  Bat night Crooked Brook, 25 March

Soil Health Workshop Cranbrook, 24 March
NEW Smart, sustainable Albany talk Albany, 25 March
NEW Managing horse properties Brigadoon, 25 March
Port to Pub swim for Coastcare Fremantle, 25 March
Earth Hour Australia-wide, 25 March
Community Fox Shoot Katanning, 25 March

Red Card Community Fox Shoot Bridgetown-Greenbushes, 24-26 March

Sustainable House Tours Katanning, 26 March

NEW Avocado - Biochar Trial Manjimup, 27 March

Forage and Forest
Dowerin, 28 March

Forage and Forest York, 29 March

NEW Noongar Six Seasons Walks Perth, 29 March - 13 December

NEW Fighting back against Wheatbelft ferals Corrigin, 30 March

Meta Cognition art exhibition Margaret River, 3-30 March

NEW Tagasaste Field Walk Jurien Bay, 30 March

NEW Tagasaste Management Workshop Jurien Bay, 31 March


NEW Bay Ok garden workshop, Busselton, 1 April
Bat night Goomalling, 1 April
NEW GardenWise seminar Narrogin, 2 April
Forage and Forest Nungarin, 4 April

NEW Fighting back against Wheatbelt ferals Kellerberrin, 6 April
WA Landcare Network AGM Bedfordale, 7 April
NEW Built Evolution conference Perth, 7 April
NEW Recover, Reuse and Reduce workshop Boddington, 8 April
Great Cocky Count various WA locations, 9 April
Permaculture Earthworks Westdale, 8-10 April
NEW Nature Play Week Australia-wide, 12-23 April
NEW Earth Day Global, 22 April
NEW Western Dairy Innovation Day Ruabon, 4 May


NEW Persimmon conference and field day Sydney, 14 & 15 June



Biofilters Perth, 25 July
Master Tree Growers Course Northam, 28 July


Maintaining WSUD Assets Perth, 19 August

Retrofitting for WSUD Perth, 22 August


Sustainable Industries - Project Manager
Wheatbelt NRM are seeking a manager to provide oversight to a suite of projects in the Wheatbelt.  Applications close 30 March.

Research Scientist
Western Dairy are seeking an innovative dairy research professional to work out of Bunbury.  Applications close  3 April.  Read more