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Watheroo doppler now online

Real time rainfall and wind data will now be available to farmers in a 256 kilometre radius from Watheroo with the launch of the state’s latest Doppler radar on June 8. An initiative of the Nationals WA made possible with $23 million Royalties for Regions funding, the Watheroo Doppler will complement Doppler radars already operational […]

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Solar power success story

When Amber Neuman built herself a new house on her 74 acre property in Beermullah last year she opted to go completely off-grid for power – installing solar panels with a battery storage system instead of connecting with Western Power. “Western Power gave me an estimate of around $45,000 just to connect power up to […]

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Wheel cactus found in WA

There has been a new weed found recently in WA. If infestations are reported and dealt with promptly it will be possible to prevent it establishing and becoming the problem here that it is in South Australia where it infests more than 35,000 hectares in the Flinders Ranges. Wheel Cactus (Opuntia robusta) has recently been […]

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Tour of Geo Technical survey site of Empire Oil Company

Wannamal West Road / Boonanarring On Thursday June 6th 2013 I was given a tour and explanation of the 3D Seismic survey being conducted for Empire Oil and Gas NL managed by Terry Grocke. The project involved recording seismic data over an area of approximately 80 sq.kms with 23 in the Boonanarring nature reserve. […]

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Gingin Groundwater Allocation Plan

The Gingin Water Group has had its final meeting with the Department of Water before the imminent release of the region’s water allocation plan. The rapidly changing climate , land use and knowledge base in the Gingin region have all led to the report being at least two years overdue . The DoW has had […]

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Gingin water group bus tour pursues problems

Members of the committee of the Gingin Water Group represented the Gingin community last month in a tour of the region’s main water problem areas. Experts from the Departments of Water, Environment and Conservation and Food and Agriculture joined private hydrologists to help advise committee members on possible strategies to help the community understand and […]

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Biological Farming – The value of soil pH

There are two ways for testing soil pH – the conventional way and the biological way. The conventional way is a very simple process by simply using an electrical device measuring the pH (normally free of charge). This only measures the amount of hydrogen (H) ions present in the soil and will thus give us […]

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Wildflowers and Weeds

August is one of the peak flowering months in this area. Many plants such as wattles, buttercups and Lechenaultia are well recognised but there are many other plants which are less well known and less noticeable. One of these is False Boronia (Phyllanthus calycinus). It is a shrub with cream flowers which resemble those of […]

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