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Rowan Reid – “30 years as a Tree Grower” Talk & Dinner

What: “30 years as a Tree Grower” Talk & Dinner

When: Tuesday 10th October, 2017

Where: “The BBQ Room”, Newstead Hotel, Elphin Rd, Newstead, Tasmania.


Key Note Speaker:

Rowan Reid

Coordinator of the Australian Master TreeGrower Program, Rowan Reid has been working with Australian farmers for more than 30 years. He is a volunteer editor of the Australian Agroforestry magazine continues teaching Agroforestry at Melbourne University.

Since 1996, over 100 Master TreeGrower courses have been delivered around Australia involving more than 2000 landholders.

“For me, agroforestry is the integration of trees and shrubs into farming landscapes for conservation and profit. It’s all about farmers using trees to improve the environmental, social and economic values of their land.” Rowan Reid.

In August, Rowan published the book Heartwood – “The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit”.

Pre-Dinner drinks: Drinks and nibbles from 6.00 pm

Dinner Served – 7:30 pm

(Buy your own off the extensive menu at Olives Restaurant)

RSVP by Wednesday 4th October.

Phone 6323 3310 or 0438 642 112

Email: [email protected]

There will be time allocated to hear from you the grower, about what tree activities you are contemplating or involved with.

Note: The Field Day at Lilydale/Hollybank and Sawmill tour is on the same day.

Trees on Farms Field Day Tues 10th Oct

3 stops and lunch provided.

When: Tuesday 10th October, 2017

Where: Meet at Mowbray and car pool

or meet at Lilydale Farm.

Led by lecturer on agroforestry at Melbourne University

Rowan Reid

Founder of the Master TreeGrowers Program and published author


Bookings and further information:

Email: [email protected]

Or phoning Greg Lundstrom on 6323 3310, Mob 0438 642 112

Note: Following the Field Day, Rowan Reid will be the key note speaker at the Newstead Hotel, presenting on “30 years as a Tree Grower”

Link to Poster and Field Day Program


Coastal Plant Identification Walk

Sunday 29th October 2017, 10.00 to 12.30  followed by a BBQ

You are invited to meet with others from the coastal community network on Sunday 29th October 2017, for a “Coastal Plant Identification Walk – Know your native plants” from 10 am.

Program for the day:

10.00     Meet at Beechford footbridge car park, Beechford (Starting point for the Beechford East Beach access)

10.05     Why we are here and George Town Coastal Action Plan. Community as part of the solution.

10.10     Cross footbridge (Dunal system) The importance of coastal areas

10.40     Cross footbridge back to carpark. Grab a drink and hear from the Beechford Residents Group

10:50     “Walk and Talk” (Saltmarsh, Riverine, Estuarine) Riparian zones and the Curries River Saltmarsh Cluster

11.15     “Walk and Talk” (Heathland)

12.00    Adopt a Site – Baker Street site. What are the weeds, what can you monitor for?

12.30     Free BBQ at the Car Park

For Poster Click HERE

Working towards successful implementation of the George Town Coastal Community Management Plan.

Supported by the George Town Council and the Beechford Residents and Property Owners Association Inc.

QVMAG’s Big Day of Science

QVMAG’s Big Day of Science

Saturday, August 12 2017. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Queen Victoria Museum

2 Invermay Road, Inveresk, Launceston, TAS, 7250

Topic: Energy and transport, Environment and nature, Space and astronomy, Innovation and technology

Cost:   Free

Come visit Tamar NRM’s Frog display at the QVMAG’s Big Day of Science, Inveresk



“Tadpole Tales” – All things Froggy

  • Frogs of Tasmania
  • Lifecycle
  • What frogs can tell us

Feedback on Field Day/Workshops

Funding under the National Landcare Programme – Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Round 2015-16, has enabled us to present innovative and forward-looking solutions on the issues affecting agriculture in the Tamar Valley.

The workshops series is being delivered under the banner of “Backyards to Broadacres” providing regionally relevant information to as wide as possible range of farm producers.

If you have attended one of the following events then we would like to hear from you.

Theme 1: Soil Biology and Health – 15th March, Carrick

Theme 2: Pasture Management – 28th March, Greenhythe

Theme 3: Animal Health / Livestock Production – 12th April,  Baxter’s Farm

Theme 4: THE BLANK SLATE – Developing a Property with Sustainable principles in Mind, 2nd April, Flint’s property, Exeter

Theme 5: Data to Decisions – Thursday 29th June, Winkleigh Hall,

Theme 6: Benefits of Biochar, Dung Beetles and Earthworms in Sustainable Farming Systems – Thursday, 20th July, Tresca Community Centre, Exeter & Farm visit.

East Tamar Landcare Group Pasture Trials Field Day – Friday 2nd June,  at Greenhythe

Your feedback helps us deliver the workshops you want to attend.




Next Field Day 21st September – Pastures in Spring

Tamar Pastures in Spring

Tamar Pastures in Spring

What you will see:

  • Side by side pasture mixes of perennial ryegrass and white clover, tall fescue and strawberry clover, cocksfoot and red clover, plantain and red clover
  • Inspect the recent spraying outcome at the trial plots
  • Discuss variations of fodder crops (Timing and best types, including grazing fodder crops)
  • Share experiences with a broader group of northern Tasmanian famers
  • Join us to discuss the challenges the sites have posed and importantly what has worked
  • Be informed about production and persistence that time will bring

9.30am Visit Local Pasture sites :

  • Visit two farms in the Tamar Valley (“Greenhythe”, Hillwood and “Oakbank” Headland Farms at Piper’s Brook) looking at pasture establishment

1.00pm Lunch :

  • Provided (BBQ at Pipers Brook)

2.00pm-3.00 Farmer Discussion :

  • What’s your experience?
  • Hearing from the farmers present about their wins and losses.



Bookings: [email protected]

Or phoning Greg Lundstrom on 6323 3310,

Mob 0438 642 112


Expert on earthworms and dung beetles, Dr. Graeme Richardson will present at Exeter on 20th July.



Workshop/Field Day on 20th July at Tresca Community Centre, and School Farm, Exeter, with agronomist and Author Dr. Graeme Stevenson, Dr. Stevenson is the former senior research officer with the Tasmanian Agricultural Department.

A practical biochar making session will follow with the owner of Terra-Preta Developments and biochar producer Mr. Frank Strie, discussing biochar benefits in utilising various materials to improve soil fertility and reduce the risk of waste into the environment.

Run under the banner of Backyard to Broadacres, the topic will interest large and medium sized farming operations through to smaller life stylers, horticulturists and gardeners.

It is important to register for catering purposes phoning Tamar NRM on 6323 3310 or email [email protected] or go to the website:

for more details.

Have Your Say – Tamar NRM Strategic Directions 2017 – 2021






Tamar NRM continues in its role delivering and enabling natural resource management across the Tamar Valley. We are currently updating our Strategic Directions document which will guide us for the next 5 years. Please click on the link to do our online survey and be in the running for a chance to win “Whiskers the Devil” (see above) and help the ‘Save the Tasmanian Devil Program Appeal’.

Click on the link below to start Survey Monkey and complete 4 short questions.


Tamar NRM will also accept submissions via this survey, email or letter by Monday 31st October.

September Newsletter NOW AVAILABLE

September Newsletter NOW AVAILABLE
September Newsletter NOW AVAILABLE

September Quarterly Newsletter is now out. Eighteen pages choc filled with Tamar stories and information.

Click Here (5 MB)





    • Coordinator’s Corner
    • Launch of Tamar Valley Rural Biodiversity and Landscape Learning Project
    • National Tree Day
    • George Town Coastal Community Action Plan
    • Tamar Region Councils
    • Meet the New Staff
    • Weeds – Boneseed Blitz; Roadside Vegetation Management
    • 2016 AGM
    • Woady Yaloak-Otways Study Tour
    • Biodiversity Page
    • Science Week at QVMAG
    • “Vegesafe”
    • Food Miles . . Why They Matter
    • Reference Group Quiz Night Get together
    • Quick Spray Unit ready to go!
    • Upcoming events
 For a hardcopy please contact Debbie at Tamar NRM 6323 3310