This ‘3 Year Plan’ presents strategic direction to ensure Wheatbelt NRM effectively responds to national, state and regional NRM needs. This will be achieved by engaging our community to actively support and progress our strategic objectives. This ‘3 Year Plan’ is supported each year by an Operations Plan that sets out how resources will be allocated and utilised in progressing the strategic objectives in this document.
The Wheatbelt Regional NRM Strategy guides NRM investment priorities within the region. The regional community provided important guidance to the development of the strategy, which reflects their values and understanding of the environment they live in and know.
Australia has an incredible diversity of bird species, with 898 recorded, including vagrants or accidental visitors and introduced species. Of this total, Western Australia has 550 species, 17 of which are found only in Western Australia. The Avon River Basin has a remarkable 224 recorded species - over 25 percent of the national total.
The Regional NRM Strategy for the Avon River Basin sets a threshold of 30% vegetation cover as the point below which the environment is fundamentally altered. Some areas of the Wheatbelt sit at just 6% remaining native vegetation.
We are proud to be the first Northam sponsor offering unpaid work opportunities for the Department of Justice’s Work and Development Permit Scheme – and they are looking for more sponsors in our region.
We were thrilled to help Ron Bryant from Sporting Shooters Association Australia (WA) present a cheque for more than $19,000 to Owen Catto of the Regional Men’s Health Initiative as part of our Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes program.