2021 was a year to remember for NACC’s biodiversity team. We worked all across our region with a range of amazing and passionate community groups, landholders and agencies to protect, restore, and learn all about our regions natural assets in partnership with some incredible collaborators.
We also added a new member to our team – Kahree Garnaut!
Some of our highlights included the installation of 10 new artificial hollows at the renowned Coomallo Carnaby ‘Club Med’, which have already been utilized by 8 endangered Carnaby pairs. And we can’t forget our opportunity to host the National Malleefowl and WA Threatened Species Forum right here in Geraldton.
2021 Highlight Reel
Between July and December this year, we made monthly trips to Murchison House Station to monitor the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo population breeding, with support from Birdlife Australia and Carnaby Black Cockatoo Specialists. Representing the most northern known population this has been an exciting revelation for our region.
In October, Jarna and Kane monitored Malleefowl with the Western Mulga Rangers on the edge of the Rangelands, Apart from enabling us to work on Country with great people this seasons monitoring was a new opportunity for Rangers in the Mid West Aboriginal Ranger Program.
Kahree and Amanda also monitored Malleefowl at Bush Heritage Australia’s Charles Darwin Reserve with Bush Heritage staff and volunteers. This project was supported by NACC with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
The Biodiversity team supported community groups!
We have been proud to act as a sponsor for our local groups. Geraldton Regional Herbarium Group – Growing floristic skills in Eneabba and Canna. This project is funded through State NRM’s Community Stewardship Grant.
NACC NRM supported the Nhunadar Watchinar Parnba Community Aboriginal Corporation to undertake a Return-to-Country on Bush Heritage Australia’s Eurardy Reserve! This project was supported by NACC with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
We also supported the Western Australian Governments Green Jobs Covid Recovery initiative, in partnership with BCMI TAFE and local businesses, providing seed collection, processing and training.
We helped clear invasive weeds from local areas by attending community events such as the Chapman River Friends Quick Action weed control project!
We are partnered with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions do restore wild populations and develop a new translocation site of Footes Grevillea, the first round of planting was completed this year with further collection and propagation underway. This project was supported by NACC with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
In October, we also ran two Carnaby’s Cockatoo events in Gingin and Moora with expert speakers! This project was supported by NACC with funding from the Australian Government.
2021 was a great year for engaging and collaborating with our community, conserving biodiversity, particularly through our National Landcare Program Gnow or Never and Protecting WA’s Black Cockatoos projects. We are so thrilled to have been able to provide support to community groups to help them achieve their goals in improving our natural environment and wildlife. We look forward to working with you all again in 2022 to further enhance biodiversity conservation in the beautiful, diverse Northern Agricultural Region! Thankyou to all of our valued stakeholders, funders, and to the community for your ongoing passion and commitment.
Jarna Kendle – Senior Biodiversity Project Officer
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