All posts by Greg Lundstrom

Biochar Forum – Tamar Valley & Burnie

Friday 1st November, 2019 – Tamar Valley

(31st Oct at Burnie)

Tamar NRM and Biochar industry experts are running a forum entitled BIOCHAR – “Because the Time is Right”.

Produced by burning organic matter in an oxygen-limited environment, biochar is used as a soil amendment.

Biochar can close or rebalance or detoxify different environmental cycles from carbon, to nitrogen, to phosphorus to water. Its surface area, porosity, morphology, electrical conductivity and other varied and variable characteristics lend themselves to a myriad of different end uses.

The Forum will present the science behind biochar and importantly the opportunities for it provides for Tasmanians.

When: Friday 1st November 2019 – 9.30-4.30

Where: Windsor Community Centre, 1 Windsor Dr, Riverside TAS 7250

Cost: Individual / Farmers $25 & Business $75 (includes up to 4 participants)

Bookings & Enquiries: Phone: 6323-3310, Mobiles: Frank 0417 312 927, Greg 0438 642 112

**Lunch and refreshments provided with gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free options available.**

TWO EVENT LOCATIONS Tamar Valley (1st Nov) and Burnie (31st Oct)

TAMAR VALLEY: Friday 1st November 2019 – 9.30-4.30

Brought to you by Tamar NRM and Biochar industry experts “Because the Time is Right”.

Proceeds to assist the establishment of the Tasmanian Biochar Initiative.

LINK TO POSTER & PROGRAM

Triple Bluff Walk

Register TODAY (Limited places) to come on the Low Head to Beechford Walk. We will be removing marine debris and sea spurge as we go.

Time allowed for sharing stories and hearing from the local experts.

Leaves from East Beach, Low Head.

More information on the poster:

LINK TO POSTER

Brought to you by the George Town Coastal Management Group and Tamar NRM.

Call to Landholders – Healthy Soils Discussion Group 2020

The 3 Soil Health Field Days held in August have come to an end, but plenty more planned with a fresh discussion group being assembled via expressions of interest. A call is now out to attend the 2020 Summer-Autumn sessions.

An open event will be held in Feb-March looking at soil improvement trial sites, and is open to the public.

http://www.tamarnrm.com.au/2019/07/01/healthy-soils-discussion-group/

 

For more information call Greg on 6323 3310; 0438 642 112

 

Christopher Strong Sustainability Grant

The Christopher Strong Sustainability Grant is open to any individual/school/landcare/ community group undertaking a sustainability project in a rural or urban area of the Tamar region, Tasmania. Projects may relate to, for example:

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Environmental education
  • Research projects or trials
  • Improving sustainable living
  • Plantings
  • Maintenance of local ecosystems

Project Funding: up to $1,500 – to be used for project-related costs only.

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM (in word format)

Complete addressing all the criteria and emaul back to Tamar NRM

 

Applications must be received by 5pm, Friday, 16th August, 2019

 

Submit applications to [email protected]

Applicants will be informed of the result early September.

Healthy Soils Discussion Group – Expression of Interest Open

Funding courtesy of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) will enable Tamar NRM to participate in a national pilot project looking at creating and maintaining healthy soils.

The Tamar Valley is to be one of eleven soils discussion groups supported through MLA funding, across New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

It is anticipated that two discussion groups will meet 3 times in either spring 2019 or autumn 2020. Participants will use a range of new and existing approaches and products to assess and improve the condition of the soils on their farms.

This project will focus on getting back to the basics and highlighting to landholders that soils health is a first step rather than an afterthought and include:

  • The role of soils in pasture renovation, nutrient testing and budgeting for better soils outcomes and ultimately improved production.
  • Correcting soil fertility deficiencies and improving wet soils drainage.
  • Based on the model of field based activities where producers visit farms and witness first-hand what works in the Tamar Valley.
  • The project is to begin in spring 2019 and conclude in autumn 2020 with a shared event networking with other groups.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST:

Healthy Soils Discussion Group:

CLICK HERE

FOR REGISTRATION AND EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Spring Field Days: Fri 9th August; Fri 16th August; Friday 23rd August 2019

Autumn 2020 Field Days: TBA.

 

Latest Developments:

We are delighted to have secured presenters Rob Moreton (DPIPWE), Theresa Chapman (RMCG) and Dr. Bill Cotching.

MLA Healthy Soils Guest Presenters:

MLA Healthy Soils bios only

 

Newsletter Summer 2018-19

Latest Edition – Summer 2018-19

Click on a link below. This large version has better image resolution.

       Naturally Yours Summer 2018-19 (7.28MB)http://gg

Featuring:

Wildlife Caught on Camera

Tamar Sustainable Living EXPO

Burning to Plan

Regional Council Update

Save the Tassie Devil

Tamar Ag in Focus

International Farm Management Congress

Ragwort Raids

Environmental Education

Loan Equipment

. . . and much more about great happenings in the Tamar Valley!

Ragwort Raids 2019 – Various Locations

Call for Volunteers

In our 20th year of “Raiding” lets demonstrate the value of people power. The Tamar Valley is getting on top of Ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris).

GET ALONG AND HELP US KEEP IT THAT WAY!

Link to Flyer

East Tamar

Saturday 2nd February

From 9.00 am to 12.00 noon

Meet at 9.00 am Pipers River Fire Station

BBQ Lunch provided.

West Tamar

Sunday 3rd February 2019

From 9.00 am -12.00 noon

Meet at 9.00 am Winkleigh Hall, Winkleigh Road

BBQ Lunch provided.

Launceston

Wednesday 6th February

From 10.00am to 4.00pm (2 sessions)

Where: Launceston, Tasman Highway & Blessington Road

Meet at 10.00 am or 1.00 pm Waverley Lake Carpark, Naroo Street

Lunch provided.

Phone Tamar NRM – 6323 3310

Reporting frog sightings and calls

Did you know there are 11 species of frogs in Tassie? Three of which only occur here.

FrogID Week, the Australian Museum’s FrogID citizen science program, concluded on 18th November, however you are invited to tell us about your sightings and the frog calls you hear.

We encourage all you citizen scientists to be the ears and eyes in our community.

Confirmed reports can be added onto the Natural Values Atlas and/or the Atlas of Living Australia.

We can help here.

We are particulalry interested in reports of the vunerable Green and Gold Frog (Litoria raniformis)

Tamar NRM – Phone 6323 3310