Katanning Landcare has officially announced it has taken over the operations of Blyth Tree Farm and is now taking orders for seedlings for the 2018 winter planting season.
It comes as Steve Blyth announced the closure of the 39-year-old family business last year, and now Katanning Landcare will continue its services under the name Katanning Environmental Nursery.
Landcare officer Andrea Salmond said the team was really excited about the new venture.
“We feel that it is really important to maintain those services in our community,” she said.
“We did all of our seedlings through Steve as well as many other organisations that used Blyth Tree Farm, so we want to keep those services in town.”
Over the Christmas period, the volunteer team at Katanning Landcare planted more than 200,000 seedlings including melaleucas, callistemons, casuarinas, eucalypts, saltbush, and other natives.
“All the details got finalised just before Christmas and a flurry of learning and planting has happened over the Christmas period,” Mrs Salmond said.
It was an emotional decision for Steve Blyth to close the business, but because of economic and personal reasons, the tree farm officially shut in November.
Katanning Landcare is determined to continue to uphold the reputation of Blyth Tree Farm.
“We are interested in maintaining the same level of service, even better if we can,” Mrs Salmond said.
National Landcare Program - LANDCARE FUNDING REQUEST FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS
The Regional Landcare Group is asking you to lodge an expression of interest (EOI) regarding landcare projects with the estimated cost that you would be interested in implementing over the next 5 years.
For individual projects please click on the link below to complete the EOI form and return it to SWCC before the deadline.
However, if the project extends across a Catchment, details can be collated and this can be submitted as a Catchment EOI.
For further details please contact Claudia at the Landcare Office. ph.: 98634225 or 0429612447.
2018 FOX SHOOT – SAVE THE DATE !
2018 annual fox shoot will be held on Friday March 16th with the count and breakfast to be held on Saturday March 17th in the morning.
Currently there are large numbers of foxes from all ages sighted around the Shire.If you prefer to trap or bait them now please call me for further information.
Fox Shoot Breakfast – A small charge of $5 per Adult will apply, children free.
Venue – To be confirmed
Teams will need to register - Please Contact Claudia at the Landcare Office on 98634225 or 0429612447 to lodge your interest or request a form. Thankyou.
NATIONAL LANDCARE PROGRAM (NLP) FUNDING 2018 TO 2023
New NLP funding guidelines dictate that the Australian Government is asking for Tenders to be lodged whereby they will buy a service that meets their funding guidelines. This process will ensure it is a competitive and targeted process with measurable outcomes and successful results. We have worked with SWCC over the last couple of months towards them lodging a Tender for the SWCC region.
Australian Government has very specific priorities for protecting environmental assets and achieving targeted outcomes including;
- Targeting Ramsar Wetlands – 3 Ramsar listed areas fall within the SWCC region, Toolilbin, Lake Muir and Vasse Wonerup.
- Targeting Threatened species and assets including;
- There is an increase in the awareness and adoption of land management practices that improve and protect the condition of soil, biodiversity and vegetation.
- There is an increase in the capacity of agriculture systems to adapt to significant changes in climate and market demands for information on provenance and sustainable production.
SWCC will work with organisations and narrow down the project list to the 8 (max) projects allowed to submitted and meet the outcomes being sought by the Australia Government. This will initially include the core services and one project for Agriculture and one for the Environment.
New NLP funds will only be available for distribution in the shire if the nominated SWCC project is to be implemented in the local vicinity and the Sub contractor is independently financed and managed and has the capacity to provide a service to the overall outcomes of that specific project.
In a nutshell, funding from the Australian Government via SWCC will be very limited over the next 5 years unless we can attract and support one or part thereof a potential SWCC project for the region and more importantly have the available service and capacity to deliver the specific needs as required by SWCC.
I urge you all, please complete and submit the EXPRESSION of INTEREST form by 16 February 2018.
Further clarification on details outlined please contact;
South West Catchments Council, Bunbury Office. Verschuer Place, PO Box 5066 Bunbury WA 6230
Phone 08 9724 2400
Notes compiled by C. Hadlow to inform Landholders and the Community of the new funding program.
Are you interested in the biosecurity of Western Australia’s agricultural industries?
Western Australian producers and other stakeholders in the dairy, beef, grain, seed, hay, sheep and/or goat industries and supply chains are invited to apply for positions on Industry Funding Scheme management committees.
Industry Funding Schemes enable agricultural industries to raise funds to address priority pests and diseases at a whole-of-industry level.
The schemes are industry-driven and overseen by a management committee made up of producers and other stakeholders with appropriate industry knowledge and expertise.
Members of the committees are appointed by the Minister for Agriculture and Food. Support is provided to the schemes and management committees by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
From 1 July 2018, there will be one vacancy on each of the management committees:
- Cattle Industry Funding Scheme
- Grains, Seeds and Hay Industry Funding Scheme
- Sheep and Goat Industry Funding Scheme
The committee terms of reference, the selection criteria for members of the Industry Management Committees, and guidelines for committee member nominations are available on the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website at agric.wa.gov.au. Search for ‘Industry Management Committee terms’.
Expressions of Interest should consist of a two page letter addressing the selection criteria in addition to a current resume of a maximum of two pages.
Submit your Expression of Interest for one or more of the management committees to Rebecca Heath by 9.00 am on Thursday, 8 March 2018.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
+61 (0)8 9690 2171
ANYONE WISHING TO ACCESS THE SELECTION CRITERIA CAN ALSO CONTACT
LYNETTE CARRUTHERS Lynette.firstname.lastname@example.org
LAKES LOCAL ACTION GROUP for SKELETON WEED (Shires of Lake Grace, Kondinin, Kulin, Dumbleyung, Wickepin, Parts of Ravensthorpe and Corrigin)
CO-ORDINATOR AT THE LAG OFFICE:
08 98 652 816