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2020 WOW!

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While the COVID-19 crisis has been front and centre at Wheatbelt NRM we have managed to just keep on getting on with our work.

We launched an exciting new project, thanks to the Australian Governments National Landcare Program, that sees us snooping in tree hollows looking for nesting sites for our threatened black cockatoos. So far we have found a number of new nesting sites that weren’t previously known.

Back in March, we were lucky to squeeze in a massive Talkin’ Soil Health event with over 150 community members dropping into York to learn from leading Wheatbelt farmers about what action they take to protect their soil health.

Our Noongar Budjar Ranger team has taken on more work and is working on developing capacity to collect seed for Wheatbelt revegetation work.

We welcomed new CEO Karl O’Callaghan to the organisation and look forward to his ongoing guidance, and we welcomed new Board member Julie Flockhart from Merredin. We saw the reappointment of Debra Rule as Chair of Wheatbelt NRM.

Options for ground cover came to the fore with our mixed farmers sharing their plans for maximising ground cover and filling the summer feed gap.

When we asked for Malleefowl sightings, the community jumped on board with reports form truckies, farmers and travellers coming in.

The thing we will remember most from this year is that despite the anxiety and chaos COVID bought to our lives our Wheatbelt community continued to welcome us and shared with us their commitment, passion and love for this unique part of WA.

Thank you for partnering with us as we work towards our legacy of a vibrant Wheatbelt community creating healthy environments and livelihoods.

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