Claudia wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Landcare Office will close from 13 December and will re-open on 13 January 2020.
The Landcare Committee welcome Hayden Gossage as their new Chairman and his first task will be presenting book awards to students at the end of School Award Presentation in Dumbleyung. We wish Hayden all the best in his new role.
If you wish to secure seedlings or saltbush for 2020 orders are due now. The LCDC is offering a rebate of $250 to shire residents if you order 1000+ seedlings. Please lodge your order with the Nursery direct and receive your rebate after planting. Please email your order details to the office.
With the season ending so dry, dam water is diminishing fast. Please keep an eye on the quality and if you wish to have it tested for salt content a small sample bottle can be delivered to the Landcare Office during office hours.
The new year or anytime is a good time to think about feral pest control. Assistance is available from the office if you wish to obtain an RCP permit or re new existing one. This can be completed on online. The LCDC will be holding the Red Card for Red Fox event in March, watch out for more details in the new year!
A couple of projects will be implemented in 2020 as a result of receiving grant funding.
47,000 seedlings will be planted across 7 sites and 12 km fencing will be constructed to protect revegetation or native bush. I am liaising with a city group called Activate the Wheatbelt, a bunch of volunteers happy to spend weekends in the country planting trees. I will endeavour to entice this group to the district for tree planting next year.
Bridal creeper control will be carried out in a few Shire Reserves and the two townsites next year after receiving a $5000 grant. More details in the new year!
There has been a renewed focus from the State Government to invest funding towards creating healthier soils and encouraging landowners to adopt sustainable farming practices. We can only hope salinity is pushed back on the agenda and appropriate resources allocated for a whole of landscape approach.
I look forward to working with current and new shire residents in 2020.
Article by Claudia Hadlow
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
- Independent panel reviewing the Animal Welfare Act 2002 to hold public forums in Broome, Karratha, Katanning and Perth
- Current written consultation process open until November 25, 2019
In May 2019, the Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan appointed the panel to assess whether the Act reflects and promotes contemporary best practice in animal welfare.
Members of the panel will hold public forums in regional and metropolitan locations to allow interested people to find out more about the review and raise key issues.
Information gathered at these forums and through the written consultation process, which closes at 5pm on Monday November 25, 2019, will help the panel draft sound, evidence-based recommendations that reflect the community's views.
The forums are scheduled for the following locations:
November 26, 2019: 2pm to 5pm - Mangrove Hotel, Broome
November 28, 2019: 2pm to 5pm - Karratha International Hotel, Karratha
January 31, 2020: 2pm to 5pm - New Lodge Motel, Katanning
February 3, 2020: 2pm to 5pm - State Library, Perth
People interested in attending any of the forums should send an email to AWA.firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
For more information about the review, go to https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/animalwelfare/review-animal-welfare-act-2002
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"A critical component of ensuring the review reflects the views of the community and industry is providing opportunities for discussion and exchange of ideas.”
"The independent panel is conducting this review with an open mind and is keen to meet with people to discuss how the Act can deliver better animal welfare outcomes.
"It's also important to recognise that the legislation covers both livestock and companion animals, and comments relevant to either group are welcome.”
"Ultimately, we want an Act that is modern and effective, and the panel's advice to the State Government will form a key part of any future amendments."
Minister's office - 6552 6200