What we have done
At the inaugural Kimberley Weeds Forum in 2015, more than 60 people from across the region gathered to discuss regional weed priorities and strategies, share maps and information, and raise awareness of resources, legislation and control options. To our great satisfaction, two of the weeds identified by participants as being amongst the priority five weeds for the region have since been listed as declared weeds: neem and grader grass.
The weeds forum, organised by Environs Kimberley, was supported by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA, Ord Land and Water, the Kimberley Land Council, Department of Parks and Wildlife, and the West Kimberley Rubber Vine Eradication Program. The feedback on this forum was that it was valuable to connect with others from across the region, to hear about who was doing what, how and where, and to understand the enormity of work being undertaken with limited resources. Participants agreed that an established weeds network could support people to work in a more coordinated way across the region, and that they should communicate more often with decision-makers about priorities, results and resourcing.
What we are doing
We are excited to have officially kicked off our Regional Weeds Network and Forum project. The intention of the Network is to build on the great momentum already generated throughout the region, support a regional voice, extend regional awareness and improve opportunities for collaboration and funding.
The Weeds Network News will be published several times a year to keep people connected and spread weed news, not new weeds.
The first Kimberley Weeds Network newsletter is a compilation of stories about Kimberley weeds, control activities, priorities, research and history from people and organisations from the east to the west. Thanks to the many contributors, lots of weeds get a mention including: neem, grader grass, giant sensitive plant, gamba grass, rubber vine, praxelis, creeping cinderella weed, lantana, salvinia, date palm and siam weed. We also took the opportunity to remember and acknowledge the late, much-loved local identity Dave Dureau, as a significant Kimberley Weed Warrior.
Before Covid-19, a 2020 Weeds Forum was fairly and squarely on the agenda for the network to bring weedos together to share important information about identifying and eradicating new and emerging weeds, and best practices and innovations in control, as well as to facilitate data collaboration. Now we need to postpone the Forum until safer times; however, we do intend to continue to gather people’s voices on weeds in the Kimberley without actually gathering people.
Should you be anywhere in the Kimberley with access to a phone, computer or community centre with video conferencing, and wish to be an active member of the Network, we would love your energy on the working group to support others regionally in their efforts to detect, control and eradicate weeds, and help design and build toward a 2021 Forum.
Kylie Weatherall presents at the 2015 Weed Forum
Into the Future
KNP will continue to work with others to build skills and share knowledge through the Kimberley Weeds Network, the Kimberley Weeds Forum 2021 and other groups.
For those who would like to be on the Kimberley Weeds Network email list for invites to working group meetings, weeding days and catch-ups, or just to receive the next newsletter, please email Louise Beames and Danielle Bain at firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisations engaged in and supporting the network include: Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Yawuru Country Managers, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and others.
We are grateful for support of the Western Australian Government State NRM Program
Links to interviews and media
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