Supporting the Moore River Catchment Area

Author: Helen Watkins

The Last Stand makes a stand for the environment

The Last Stand makes a stand for the environment

People from all over Australia flooded to Moora between the 5th and 9th September to visit The Last Stand, a free environmental awareness event aiming to highlight the wonders and woes of Midwest wheatbelt native vegetation.

Rachel Walmsley, Moore Catchment Council’s Community Landcare Coordinator who helped organise the event said “The Last Stand was the brainchild of a frustrated group of ladies (and lad) living between Calingiri and Carnamah who wanted to do something to show off all the amazing natural assets we have here in the Midwest but also highlight the threats which are continuing to decimate them including introduced weeds, and roadside clearing. We decided to take a punt and do something different, and so this 5 day event was conceived and organised on a shoestring budget as it needed to happen as soon as possible.”

The event included a symposium on the 5th which attracted 70 people from around the State who came to listen to a plethora of excellent environmental speakers including former Premier and current Conservation Council Chair Carmen Lawrence

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Rachel said “The message coming from the talks was clear and unified – we need to conserve our natural environment now or lose it forever.” For the remaining 4 days, The Last Stand played host to over 300 members of the public who visited the event to look at the extensive information displays and art, get up close to native bugs, admire and create bush art, claim free native trees and shrubs,  add thoughts to the ‘Tree of Life’ and learn about bush medicine.  Rachel said “The event was a huge success and helped open eyes to the real lack of remnant vegetation left and continuing decline in native biodiversity.”

Feedback was overwhelming positive and plans are being made to possibly hold the event again next year as the event served as a good drawcard to attract visitors to Moora.  Rachel concluded “The event couldn’t have happened without the input from the volunteer committee – Fiona Falconer, Alison Doley, Sarah Mason, Paulina & Peter Wittwer, Pam Toster, Marie Carter and Lyn Phillips; the cash contributions from Lotterywest and the WA Natural Resource Management Program; and the generous in-kind support from all the speakers and display/event donators, and finally the Shire of Moora for supplying the venue.”

Moore Catchment Council are finalist at this years National Landcare Awards

Moore Catchment Council are finalist at this years National Landcare Awards

Vote for the Moore Catchment Council to win the People’s Choice Award at the National Landcare Conference in October 2018.

All finalists are in the running to win the People’s Choice Award. A highly-coveted prize, this award is presented to the finalist who receives the most votes from the general public in the lead-up to the awards. The winner will be announced on Thursday, 11 October at the Awards gala dinner.
Voting is now open and closes on Wednesday, 10 October 2018. Show your fellow Landcarers some love and vote for them to win the People’s Choice Award.
Up until 30 July 2018 Landcare Australia are giving you the chance to win one of eight 2-day passes to the Conference and the Awards gala dinner.
One lucky entrant per state will win so get your votes in.

www.nationallandcareconference.org.au/awards

Voting is now open and closes on Wednesday, 10 October 2018.

Please feel free to share to your friends and get them to vote

Bunjil Rock BioBlitz results now available

Bunjil Rock BioBlitz results now available

Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Yarra Yarra Catchment Management Group and Moore Catchment Council were proud to  co-host the 2017 Bunjil Rock BioBlitz 23rd & 24th September 2017.

A BioBlitz is a 24-hour event involving rapid collection of data about the biological diversity of a particular site; enabling scientists and other experts to identify as many plant and animal species as can be found in this limited time frame. It doesn’t provide a complete inventory of species, but rather a ‘snapshot’ of the species that occur in the area.

A BioBlitz is a collaborative process, which brings together scientists, skilled amateurs, willing workers and interested ‘others’, with members of the local community, all working together to expand knowledge about the biodiversity of a particular location.

Professional biologists and capable amateurs from the local area, Perth and throughout the Southwest – lent their expertise to the finding and identifying of taxa within their respective field.

For more information please contact the BioBlitz Organising Team

Jessica Stingemore on jessica.stingemore@nacc.com.au or 9938 0106

Lizzie King on lizzie.king@nacc.com.au or 9973 1444

Rachel Walmsley on mcc.nrmo@bigpond.com or 9653 1355

This project is supported by Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Yarra Yarra Catchment Management Group and Moore Catchment Council , through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association.

click here for Bunjil-Rocks-BioBlitz-Results- 

Moore cause for celebration

Moore cause for celebration

Moore Catchment Council is celebrating triple funding success!!

Recent announcements from the State NRM Program and the National Landcare Program (NLP) have seen MCC attract $185,000 to the catchment.

$100,000 from the NLP’s 20 Million Trees program will see 50ha of native habitat, featuring priority tree and shrub species suitable for Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, planted on five local farms. This is the 3rd 20 Million Trees project MCC has been successful in obtaining funds for, and with only 64 projects funded Australia wide(only 10 in WA), MCC are extremely grateful to have been selected again.

$85,000 will come from the State NRM Program to continue protecting and enhancing the Moore’s natural assets including fencing remnant bush and revegetating degraded land. Part of this program will be the engage the local Yued community through providing paid work opportunities working on country, and work with two schools providing learning experiences through Noongar and native wildlife education.

This funding news is excellent news for the continuation of important landcare projects in the Moore catchment. The extra funding also allows Moore Catchment Council to continue its work past 2018.

Thanks to both funding bodies for their investments, grant writing is a lengthy and stressful exercise so to be rewarded for many (many many) hours of hard work is gratifying

Making extra income from native trees and shrubs

Making extra income from native trees and shrubs

Can extra money be made from planting native trees and shrubs on your farm? This was one of the questions aimed to be answered from a recent field walk at Gabalong, east of Moora, looking at sustainable agriculture options which have both landcare and industry outcomes. The field walk, held 26th October at Les Crane’s property, was a final part of a Moore Catchment Council project reviewing sustainable agricultural projects carried out over the past 10 years in the Moore and Yarra regions. Projects have included brushwood, oil mallee and native tree plantations, saltbush and fodder shrubs, and perennial pastures. The project aimed to find out what worked, what didn’t work, improvements and recommendations for future projects.

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Honouring a local landcare Legend

Honouring a local landcare Legend

Vale John Longman

John Longman’s footprint can be seen in a majority of the landcare initiatives that have happened in the Moore Catchment especially around Gillingarra.

John was chair of the Koojan-Gillingarra Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC) for many years and has served on and off of the MCC committee since its conception. John was also on the Committee of the West Midlands Group in its early years, a member of the Dandaragan Shire LCDC and a member of the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) board.
John has helped get many salinity projects & water projects happening and always had a knack of getting pollies up from Perth to see (and fund) the issues.

Thanks John for all your perseverance and making plenty of noise. You have made a difference! And we will miss your dedication and squeaky wheel getting things done.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of John’s Family

AGM

AGM

Are you …

… a resident, land owner or land manager  of the Moore River Catchment in the Shires of Dandaragan, Gingin, Moora, Victoria Plains, Perenjori, Coorow, Carnamah or Dalwallinu?

And

… have links to the community ?

Come along and see what is happening in your area with regard to NRM.

Become a Committee members of this award winning Community Landcare Group –

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Bunjil Rocks bioblitzed in 24hr community event

Bunjil Rocks bioblitzed in 24hr community event

What do you get if you put 60 keen environmentally minded people together for 24hrs in the Midwest bush? A bioblitz of course! The weekend of the 23rd/24th September served as the date for the Midwest’s inaugural bioblitz organised by the Moore Catchment Council (MCC), Yarra Yarra Catchment Management Group (YYCMG) and the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC). A bioblitz is a 24hr event involving rapid collection of ecological data at a particular site which provides a snapshot of the species that occur in that area. The event attracted around 60 people aged 7 to 70 from all over the region from Perth to Geraldton, and was held at Bunjil Rocks in the Shire of Perenjori. Rachel Walmsley, MCC’s Community Landcare Coordinator said “It really was a fabulous weekend. We based ourselves at Latham to take advantage of the free and well equipped Shire camping facilities and community hall. Participants camped in swags, tents and camper vehicles in the bush camping area adjacent to the oval. We also picked the same date to camp there as 80 members of the 4WD club Trackcare which nearly doubled Latham’s population for the weekend !”

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Landcare Winners are Grinners!!!

Landcare Winners are Grinners!!!

Moore Catchment Council are celebrating after winning the prestigious and much coveted Fairfax Community Landcare Group award at the WA Landcare Awards held on Wednesday 30th August in Perth. MCC staff Helen Watkins and Rachel Walmsley, and MCC committee Tony White and Kaye McGlew were all in attendance to see if MCC could clinch the award from the other worthy finalist Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group. Rachel said “We were all on the edge of our seats in anticipation as MC Verity James announced the winner. When our name was called we were elated, so appreciative that MCC had been chosen. Now it’s on to the National Landcare awards next year. Maybe MCC will get recognised at a national level – how exciting!

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Continuation of Coastal dunes revegetation at community planting day – Guilderton

Continuation of Coastal dunes revegetation at community planting day – Guilderton

 

The North Guilderton dunes were once again buzzing with action on Sunday 11th June for a community planting day. The event was part of Moore Catchment Council’s project to rehabilitate the north dunes, funded through Northern Agricultural Catchments Council’s Coastal Community Grants 2016-2017 funding by the Australian Government through the National Landcare Programme.

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