Projects & Funding

WHAT DOES GEMG FUND?
The GEMG can provide funding for projects that improve environmental knowledge and understanding, promote environmental sustainability, enhance and protect the natural environment, and are relevant to our members.
2019 Funding round has closed, please check in for updates later in the year.

The GEMG has provided funding for the following projects to assist with research studies, to help promote environmental awareness, and to help local groups and organisations remain sustainable.

GENETIC FINGERPRINTING OF MALA (LAGORCHESTES HIRSUTUS) FROM FAECAL DNA TO ESTIMATE POPULATION DENSITY (2019 $10K)

The project will focus on developing a survey technique for the Rufous hare-wallaby or Mala (Lagorchestes hirsutus). Mala are a small macropod, listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). They were once widely dispersed throughout the eastern Goldfields, but are now only found on islands or in fenced enclosures such as the predator-proof enclosure on the Matuwa Indigenous Protected Area (ex-Lorna Glen conservation reserve) in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) Goldfields Region in central Western Australia. Mala are very elusive and very difficult to trap or monitor. The project will attempt to develop a low-contact survey technique for the elusive mala, using state-of-the-art genetic fingerprinting techniques, which does not rely on trapping animals. Mala are an excellent model species to demonstrate the use of this low-contact survey technique that is widely applicable for other animals that are elusive and exist in low densities. It can provide industry with another method of monitoring wildlife to meet it's Environmental Impact Assessment obligations with more accuracy and less field effort than conventional approaches. 

Previous studies have concluded that scats are able to provide a viable DNA source to identify individuals and census populations. For example, this technique has successfully been used for estimating the abundance of bilbies. The advantages of using such methods are that they are non-invasive and there is no need to directly capture or observe individuals. Sampling periods only need to be from a few days to tens of days long, achieving abundance estimates in a relatively short amount of time.

The funding for the project will allow Shannon Treloar from Edith Cown University to trial the use of this new survey technique to estimate the density of the Mala population within the Matuwa enclosure, which can then be used to infer abundance. This project aims to test if this new technique is effective for Mala population surveys, and therefore can be used for future mala population surveys at Matuwa as well as for other threatened and elusive species across the Goldfields region and more widely in Australia. The project will also provide the first reliable estimate of the abundance of the Mala population in the Matuwa enclosure. This abundance estimate and the continuation of estimating the abundance is essential for the success of management decisions and conservation efforts of Mala.

 

GOLDFIELDS WASTE DATA & PRIORITIES STUDY (2015)

The Goldfields Waste Data & Priorities Study is funded by GEMG and supported by the Waste Authority, Goldfields Esperance Voluntary Region of Councils (GVROC), Talis Consultants, Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CMEWA), Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KBCCI) and Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission.
The Study (facilitated by Talis Consultants) will gather comprehensive waste data on each of the three key streams - municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial and construction and demolition waste. This consolidated data will then be published and released in a usable format. The data will provide a greater understanding of waste streams and volumes generated across the region. It will also identify key strategic priorities that are important to regional stakeholders and assist in future planning and investment on waste management systems and infrastructure in the Goldfields. This Study is similar to the Pilbara and Broome Waste Data Study, for which a report was published in 2013.

Download the GOLDFIELDS WASTE DATA STUDY

   

LORNA GLEN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE RESEARCH (2015 $23K)

One man’s quest to fulfil a boyhood dream... and a world first Wedge-tailed Eagle satellite tracking study. Funding of this project will enable Simon Cherriman (iNSiGHT Ornithology) to continue his research on Wedge-tailed Eagle ecology at Matuwa/Lorna Glen using sophisticated satellite tracking technology. Commencing in 2011, the project's aim is to collect diet and breeding productivity data for the species, which provides new and unique information regarding the birds' behavior, habitat use and dispersal. It is important scientific work, providing a unique opportunity to further our detailed understanding of this iconic, apex predator.
iNSiGHT ORNiTHOLOGY | DVD TRAILER | CONTACT SIMON CHERRIMAN

KAMBALDA STREET NAMES (HERBARIUM) PLANT IDENTIFICATION (2015 $500)

To assit the Kambalda Cultural and Arts Group (KCAAG) with their research project which involved preserving and identifying flora species housed in a local herbarium relating to the local street names of the town. The GEMG also provided the KCAAG with copies of our plant identification books.

A FIELD GUIDE TO THE EREMOPHILAS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (2011 $30K)

The GEMG fully funded the publishing of this book complied by Andrew Brown and Beven Buirchell. This excellent guide contains photographs and maps, with accompanying text explaining etymology, flowering period, description, distribution and habitat, and notes.
ORDER ONLINE

NATIVE PLANT NURSERY (2014 $20k)

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group (KBULG) cultivate a significant number of native plants for use in their annual tree planting day, for local sale and for mine site rehabilitation. The GEMG provided funds to upgrade the watering system which was predominately done by hand.

MALLEEFOWL PROGRAM COORDINATOR (2013-2015 $30K)

The Malleefowl is listed nationally as Vulnerable and for every threatened species in Australia there is a Recovery Plan. The GEMG provided funding for a Program Coordinator (Tim Burnard) to assist in implementing actions from the National Malleefowl Recovery Plan. The Recovery Plan sets out all of the actions necessary to stop the decline of, and support the recovery of Malleefowl and aims to maximise the long term survival in the wild of the species.
WEBSITE | NATIONAL RECOVERY PLAN | 2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT | CONTACT TIM BURNARD 

  

CREDO RESEARCH CENTRE (2012 $30K)

The $220,000 research centre, part of the Australian Supersite Network, is located at the Credo former pastoral station and has been established by a partnership between the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the CSIRO and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network, with support from the Goldfields Environmental Management Group. The research centre is currently being used by scientists involved in research projects aimed at providing a better understanding of the ecology of the unique Great Western Woodlands and the potential impacts of climate change.
READ ARTICLE | ABOUT CREDO STATION

CLIMATE ADAPTATION IN REGIONAL MINING VALUE CHAINS (2012 $15K)

This case-study completed by the CSIRO, sought to identify the implications of climate change for the Goldfields-Esperance regional mining value chain.
DOWNLOAD REPORT | CSIRO