The 2019 Community Stewardship Grant application to rehabilitate natural assets in the Shire of Dumbleyung was successful.
On behalf of the Ministers for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries; Water; and Environment, the State NRM Office has allocate $ 53,872 for the planting of 46,830 trees across 7 sites and 11.9 km of fence to be constructed across 6 sites.
Deb Slater-Lee, Program Manager, expressed feedback from the panel who considered the “written quality of the application and work plan were sub-standard, the opportunity for fencing remnant vegetation, restore degraded areas in the landscape protect existing remnant vegetation to enhance biodiversity and improve the quality of water feeding Lake Dumbleyung was a high priority. As a result, this project has been offered full funding.”
The State NRM Office received 214 applications from across WA, 100 small project applications valued at $2.7 million and 114 large project applications valued at $26 million. Only $7M of funding was available last year.
The Dumbleyung Landcare and the Shire of Dumbleyung are pleased to receive the full amount of the funding, especially since funding for on ground landcare activities has dramatically diminished.
We are seeking Expressions Of Interest (EOI’s) from women that may want to form a Sheep Group locally.
Some suggestions on what the group aims to achieve:
*Upskilling to address knowledge
*Assisting your business to make informed decisions on sheep matters
*In the years, shearing shed, in the paddock - hands on practical skills
*Half day bi-monthly meetings worked around school hours
If you are interested please register contact the Facey Group firstname.lastname@example.org
A recent survey by Flinders University has found that a third of samples of lamb mince purchased from supermarkets had the parasite toxoplasma present. While the parasite can cause serious problems, it is easily killed by ensuring the meat is cooked right through to 70oc.
Toxoplasmosis is linked to cats and one avenue of infection is through livestock contact with feral cats. The red meat industry is taking toxoplasmosis seriously and organisations such as Sheep Producers Australia are carrying out further research to better understand the prevalence and the risk. Farmers can reduce the risk of infection by taking action to control feral cats across their property.
Feral cats are a declared species under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act).