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Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management Incorporated (Wheatbelt NRM) is an independent community-based organisation involved with natural resource management (NRM) endeavours within the Avon River Basin.
The organisation operates from its Northam office, Western Australia, and exists as the second largest of the six NRM regional organisations in the state, with responsibility for the 12,000,000 hectares of the Avon River basin.
Connecting Biodiversity Across the Wheatbelt of Western Australia
Up to 135 landholders across 15 Shires of the WA Wheatbelt will be provided with opportunities to expand native habitats and connect fragmented native vegetation remnants on their properties through revegetation and biodiverse plantings. Fencing will be provided to help protect existing high-value native vegetation and each landholder will take part in a regional pest control program to help control the spread of foxes and rabbits through these newly created landscapes. Overall, the project will encourage healthy and resilient ecosystems, which are essential in our changing climate. The protection and restoration of native vegetation will also contribute to building and securing natural carbon stores.
Red Card for the Red Fox
The Red Card for the Red Fox program is a community-driven Landcare initiative with the aim to substantially reduce fox numbers in Wheatbelt shires to protect the biodiversity value of the land and increase sustainable farming practices.
The red fox is a major pest in the wheatbelt and has a significant effect on our native species of birds and small mammals. 1080 Baiting as well as local fox shoots are organised by local shires in February and March and have involved over 600 properties since the initiative was launched in 2004.
The Red Card for the Red Card Program is now a State-wide initiative, putting the control of this pest in the hands of a great joint approach. For more information visit www.redcard.net.au
Cuneata Park is a 1ha area based in the Quairading Town site. The park has 6 Banksia cuneata plants present, which are recognised by the WA Department of Environment and Conservation as a declared rare and priority species.
This park has been implemented to showcase a number of native plant species, both rare and common, that are found in the Quairading Shire. The primary benefit from implementing native gardens is their water use efficiency. In the current changing climate, reducing water use is a priority as we are limited with water availability throughout the community. Native gardens make it possible to minimise water use, whilst also having significant aesthetic value to the community.
The ongoing development and maintenance of Cuneata Park has been made possible through funding from Wheatbelt NRM and the efforts of the Quairading Land Conservation District Committee and the Shire of Quairading.
McLeay Park is an area covering approximately 100m2 in the Quairading Town site. The park has recently been upgraded with a central area being re-vegetated with native water-wise plants and gravel paths.
This park has also been implemented to showcase a number of the native plant species that are found in the Quairading Shire and the benefits of planting water-wise species of plants.
The ongoing development and maintenance of MacLeay Park has been made possible through funding from the Avon Catchment Council and the efforts made from the Quairading Land Conservation District Committee, the Quairading Ambulance Committee and the Shire of Quairading.
Working with the Badjaling Community and WNRM to improve water management through the community
Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management have been working with the Shire of Quairading, the Badjaling Community and adjacent Quairading Landholders to facilitate options for improved water management at the Badjaling site. Other organisations contributing to the program are the Department of Water, The Department of Environment and Conservation, South West Aborigional Land and Sea Council and Greening Australia.