South West Link
13 August 2018
Welcome to the August 13 edition of South West Link.

After a short hiatus while we wrapped up end of project reporting requirements, the South West Link is back with a bumper edition packed full of news, information and events! We hope you enjoy it!

Don't forget we can help promote your events, projects and big announcements! Send in your news to Deadline for the next edition of South West Link is Monday, 20 August 2018.
Face facts on SW environment
A FIVE-YEAR vision of creating a ‘one-stop-shop’ for environmental information on the South West region has come to fruition for the South West Catchments Council (SWCC).

Launched on Friday, 27 July 2018 with help from project partners, the South West Environmental Snapshot is an online resource that provides a contemporary overview of the region’s greatest challenges and opportunities together with insights into how important environmental assets have changed between 2001 and 2017.

The dedicated website aims to foster greater community appreciation, understanding and participation in improving and maintaining the unique south west environment as well as a sense of place. READ MORE.
SWCC farewells CEO Damien Postma
AFTER nearly nine years at the helm, SWCC farewelled its long-standing CEO, Damien Postma, in mid-June.

During his time as leader at SWCC Damien made a significant contribution to the Natural Resource Management sector in Western Australia and across the nation. His skills, experience and extensive knowledge will be missed.

SWCC wishes Damien all the very best in his decision to further his career as the Manager of Demand Delivery at the Water Corporation.

Steve Ewings has been appointed SWCC CEO effective 31 July 2018.
DBCA's Christine Taylor and SWCC's Pip Marshall at the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands.
10-year partnership restoring
Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands
THIS year marks a 10-year milestone for a project partnership between South West Catchments Council (SWCC) and the Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

The partnership began in 2007, with the aim of restoring key habitat areas of the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands.

Since then more than 42 hectares surrounding the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands have undergone restoration work, including protective fencing, weed and pest animal control, stock management and revegetation.
Funding boost to Western Dairy to 'moove' industry forward
THE WA Government announced it would provide $200,000 in funding to help strengthen and grow the WA dairy industry.

The investment will enable Western Diary, the industry's independent research and development arm, to build on its achievements.

Western Dairy is a research, development and extension hub that focuses on local production challenges and opportunities.

Click here to find out more about Western Diary, its team and their great work.

Or you can find them on Facebook.
Djilba - getting warmer
DJILBA is represented by the colour pink as it symbolises growth of wildflowers and plants.

This is the start of the massive flowering explosion that happens in the South West. Beginning with the yellow flowering plants such as the acacias.
Djilba is a transitional time of the year, with some very cold and clear days combining with warmer,rainy and windy days mixing with the occasional sunny day or two.

Traditionally, the main food sources included many of the land-based grazing animals including the yongar (kangaroo), the waitj (emu) and the koomal (possum).

Maximise Pasture Gains with Native Bacteria

The Leschenault Catchment Council (LCC) in association with Growise invite the community to a free information session to learn how the Bactivate Productive Pasture Program is delivering measurable beneficial outcomes for soil, feed and livestock.

Guest speaker Glenn Perkins, National Manager of Bioactive Soil Solutions, will bring his passion for soil health, plant nutrition and farming efficiency to the seminar.
Living Smart Busselton

Do you want to leave a lighter footprint? Save money and our environment at the same time? Connect with like-minded others in your community?

Living Smart is a practical and interactive course that empowers people to take action in their own homes and to improve wellbeing and reduce environmental impact. 

The City of Busselton is proud to be hosting this national, award-winning program for our community. 

This award-winning course runs over 6 weeks from 5pm - 7:30pm Tuesday 24 July to 28 August, & includes a local field trip on a Saturday.

Cost - $80 per person.
17th Annual Dieback Information Group Conference

Dieback Information Group (DIG) is Western Australia's annual conference for industry, community, researchers and government to share current programs, research developments and management tactics to combat native plant diseases, including Phytophthora Dieback.

2018 DIG will be held at the Bendat Parent and Community Centre, Wembley.

Have your say

Help Hort Innovation tailor its upcoming apple and pear training day in Balingup on 29 August 2018 to your needs! Click here to complete a short, online survey about Integrated Disease Management before Friday, 10 August 2018.

Nominate today and find out if you have what it takes to be named one of Australia’s BEST not-for-profit organisations!

The Third Sector Awards will see organisations recognised and rewarded in the following eight categories:
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • CEO of the Year
  • Board Director of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Campaign/Marketing Executive of the Year
  • Young Leader of the Year
  • Influencer of the Year – Judge’s Choice

The criteria for the awards is based on the following CSI values: Social Impact; Outcomes Measurement; Social Innovation; Collaboration; Leadership and Systems.
Funding, scholarships and tenders

Heritage and Conservation grants help organisations conserve, protect, explain and share various aspects of our heritage. These grants fall into four areas - conservation of natural heritage, conservation of cultural heritage, interpretation of cultural heritage and community histories.

This project aims to restore stream function through stock exclusion and re-vegetation to reduce soil erosion and organic loading to streams. Funding available now!

The program supports informed fertiliser decisions to reduce nutrient loss of farms. Applications open July 2018.

Are you a landholder in or around the Gelorup, Capel, Kirup, Busselton, Cowaramup and Dunsborough areas with a waterway or wetland on your property.


NEW! Designing our waste future , Margaret River, August 13

NEW!  Living Smart Busselton, Busselton, August 14

NEW!  Maximise Pasture Gains with Native Bacteria, Augusta, August 15

NEW! Intrepid Travelers and Ancient Masters, Collie, August 25

NEW!  Noongar Boodjar Language Lessons, Margaret River, August 30

NEW!  Swap, Shuffle, Share, Margaret River, September 1

NEW!  Farming & Grazing for Profit, Katanning, September 6-12

NEW!  iHemposium, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, September 15
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