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Catch it in the Catchment

Sunday, November the 10th from 9am – 12pm

ARE YOU PART OF A SCHOOL, BUSINESS, SERVICE CLUB OR COMMUNITY CLUB?

JOIN US IN NOVEMBER FOR THE CATCH IT IN THE CATCHMENT EVENT.

Who:  Everyone who lives, works and plays in the Tamar Estuary Catchment

When:    10th November 2019   9am-12pm

Where: Your local community along the Tamar Estuary/Kanamaluka                                  

Facebook: “catchitinthecatchment”

How to get involved and register

Contact Trish Haeusler  – Phone 0402 503 324

Email:  [email protected]

or contact  Tamar NRM – Phone 6323 3310

Launched in July, Tamar NRM, Plastic Free Launceston and partners are now actively promoting their November event Catch it in the Catchment

The project aims to activate communities within the Tamar Estuary catchment to participate in a clean-up event on the same day and at the same time.

The event, supported by Clean Up Australia Day, takes place on Sunday, November the 10th from 9am – 12pm and invites community groups, sporting groups, schools, businesses and individuals to help restore our beautiful Tamar estuary. Selected ‘Hub areas’ along the Tamar will provide a meeting point for participants to gather for a BBQ after the clean-up, be thanked for their efforts, celebrate and provide feedback for what we hope will become a yearly event.

 ‘Does an another date suit? Your group can organise a day that fits your activities calendar. We will help with rubbish collection and promotion.

Why ‘Catch it in the Catchment’? We now know that 80% of all marine plastics come from the land. As water moves across urban and rural areas in a catchment, litter is picked up and finds its way into waterways and then on into marine environments or freshwater bodies of water.

This figure is alarming, however we believe we can turn it in to a positive! If 80% of plastics, not to mention other litter, makes its way to the ocean via waterways, by stopping, or catching it in the catchment, we can significantly reduce this source of marine pollution.

The issue of plastic pollution is gaining a ground swell of support as communities gain a growing understanding of its impact. It is anticipated that the Tamar communities will feel they are participating in an event where their actions are a significant part of the solution to this problem. The flow on effects, with further promotion, will be to increase education that targets behavioural changes in the use and disposal of plastic and other wastes.

LINK TO POSTER

Healthy Soils Discussion Group

Healthy Soils Discussion Group

Autumn 2020 Field Days: Dates TBA.

FOR REGISTRATION AND EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Click here

Latest Developments:

We were delighted to have secured presenters Rob Moreton, Darren Kidd (DPIPWE), Theresa Chapman (RMCG) Denis Giasli (Land Management North and Dr. Bill Cotching for the August field days.

Having them involved in the 2020 MLA Soil Health Discussion Group would be a bonus and a reason to register your interest today!

 

 

Weed Action Fund – Applications close 31 July

The Tasmanian Government has opened applications for its new Weed Action Fund. This is a $5M program to be rolled out over the next 5 years.

Stage 1 of the program is for small grants of $1,000 – $5,000. Projects need to be able to be completed within 12 months. $140,000 is available in this small grants round.

You can find the guidelines, priority weed lists and application forms HERE.

Recognised primary producers, groups (e.g. Landcare groups) and organisations are eligible to apply.  Individual landowners whose properties are not involved in primary production are not eligible. 

Note that larger grants are expected to open for applications late this year.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE WEDNESDAY 31 JULY

 

 

Big Day of Science as part of National Science Week

Join us during the Big Day of Science as part of National Science Week

Saturday, August 10 2019. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tamar NRM Stall will be presenting

“How life can thrive in extreme habitats”

Using aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates as its examples

And on

Tuesday 13th August 2019

During Science Week

“The Wonderful World of Waterbugs”

(Free training in Waterbug ID to a national standard)

Come to QVMAG and see community educator and lecturer John Gooderham (co-organiser of The National Waterbug Blitz) presenting:

A selection of sometimes green, always alien, beasts from rivers and wetlands around Australia!

This free introductory session will help you become a waterbug spotter and help us check up on the health of our rivers and wetlands this spring.

Tuesday 13th August 2019 – 10.30 to 11.30 am followed by a hands on bug identification session from 12.30.

An initiative of Tamar NRM, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG), and City of Launceston’s Natural Environment Unit.

For bookings and registration of interest call Tamar NRM on 6323 3310, Mobile 0438 642 112 or visit the website.

And much more to enjoy!

Big Day of Science

 

“Coasting in February” – Greens Beach to Bellingham.

 

“Coasting in February”

Sunday 24th February 2019

From 9.00 am -3.00 pm

Showcase of community coastal works from Greens Beach to Bellingham.

Free BBQ – New volunteers welcome.

The George Town Coastal Management Group are holding an event to help recognise the valuable contribution the coastal communities continue to make in the George Town Council and Greens Beach Area.

The day will start at Low Head at 9.00 am and end at Weymouth around 3.00 pm, with a BBQ lunch (provided).

Link to POSTER & PROGRAM

We are please to have Parks & Wildlife and an expert in the important Saltmarsh vegetation community along:


Guest Speaker: Dr. Vishnu Prahalad is a researcher and lecturer at the Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania. He has worked on saltmarsh ecology and management in Tasmania for over ten years, closely collaborating with a range of government and non-government agencies and local groups. Vishnu’s publications include ‘a field guide to the plants of Tasmanian saltmarsh wetlands’, atlases for saltmarshes for all three regions of Tasmania and the ‘saltmarsh matters’ citizen science app and several other science communication materials.

RSVP (by 22nd Feb) to Tamar NRM – Phone 6323-3310

Website www.tamarnrm.com.au

Email: [email protected]

Wildflower Walk at Carr Villa Nature Reserve

Friends of Punchbowl Reserve

Join us for a Wildflower Walk at Carr Villa Nature Reserve

 

and Punchbowl Reserve, led by plant enthusiasts

Roy and Louise Skabo

Supported by members of the friends group

What: Guided Wildflower Walk

When: Saturday, 1st December, 2018, 9.30 am start

9.30-10.30  Car Villa, then 11.00-12.30  Punchbowl

Where: Carr Villa Nature Reserve, Opossum Road, Norwood

(meet at 9.30am at the Opossum Road Car Park or park along the roadway)

Punchbowl Reserve, Punchbowl

(meet at 11.00am at the top overflow car park)

POSTER LINK

                                                 FREE EVENT

Open to the general public to attend. BYO picnic lunch afterwards

 

       RSVP to Brock: Email [email protected] – Phone 0408 435 316

Annual General Meeting 2018


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Thursday 6th September 2018, 6.00-7.00pm

West Tamar Council, Eden Street, Riverside (off street parking available)

Business to include:

      • Confirmation of Previous Minutes
      • Reports from the President, Treasurer, Program Coordinators, Auditors
      • Appointment of Auditor
      • Endorsement of Officers of the Association and
      • Any Other Business.
Stay on for refreshments and a catch up after the AGM

Please RSVP by for catering purposes by Tuesday 4th September 2018

Poster Link

Pastures Demonstration Site Field Day – Tamar Valley

Pasture Demonstration Site Field Day

When: Thursday 1st November – 10.00am – 3.00pm

Where: “Springmere”, 342 Holwell Road, south of Beaconsfield.

Presenters to include:

  • Jason Lynch (Senior Consultant Agronomy with Macquarie-Franklin)
  • Mick Taylor (MLA’s Feedbase Adoption Project Manager)
  • Eric Hall (Pastures expert and Tamar PDS Consultant)
  • Ben Hooper (“Springmere” landholder)

What you will see and hear:

  • Pasture utilisation – A key to success
  • Tour of “Springmere” – Pasture species planted and sustainable management
  • Growing better pastures – some of the factors that can make or break pasture production and persistence
  • Pasture measurement
  • MLA Producer Demonstration Project – the story so far
  • Join the discussion on the challenges and successes the site has posed

FREE EVENT – Lunch Provided.

LINK TO POSTER

Bookings: [email protected]

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

 

Draft Program:

10.00    Welcome (Ian Sauer)     Tea and Coffee from 9.30 am

MLA Pastures Demonstration Project – Costs of establishing new pasture and the cost of not! (Eric Hall)

The farmer’s view (Ben Hooper)

10.40    Feed-based investment project and services that MLA provide (Mick Taylor, MLA)

11.00   Tour “Springmere” – See MLA Pasture demonstration paddocks to discuss monitoring, management and pasture species (Eric Hall, Ben Hooper). Pasture species identification (Peter Ball, Gary Martin)

1.00    Lunch (provided)

1.30    Landholder Survey – Where are the knowledge Gaps? (Eric Hall / Greg Lundstrom)

1.45    Pasture Utilisation – A key to success (Jason Lynch, Macquarie Franklin)

2.30    Discussion on the challenges and successes the site has posed (All)

 

CHRISTOPHER STRONG SUSTAINABILITY GRANT – Successful applicant announced

CHRISTOPHER STRONG  SUSTAINABILITY  GRANT  

Tamar NRM announced on Tuesday 21st August the successful applicant to its Christopher Strong Sustainability Grant which is offered annually in support of sustainability projects in the Tamar Valley.

This year’s $1,500 grant went to Honorary Associate QVMAG, Kathryn Pugh in support of her project entitled “Litoria raniformis (Green and Gold Frog) in Launceston’s urban wetlands”.

The project will include habitat assessments of selected sites and on-ground surveys searching for this large and beautifully patterned frog which is listed as vulnerable. The survey will include day and night-time active searches, will build on previous studies and work with UTAS students and Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) staff.

Roger Tyshing, Tamar NRM President said “Our assessment panel had to work through a number of quality applications before deciding on the green and gold frog survey project”. “The project will verify known locations of the green and gold frog in and around Launceston and identify unknown sites for the species”. Mr Tyshing went on to say “By funding this project, we will have supported the identification of sites that require habitat protection or sites suitable for habitat restoration”.

Grant recipient Kathryn Pugh said “I’m pleased to have received the sustainability grant from Tamar NRM and hope the project will have flow-on benefits for local wetland flora and fauna, not just protecting the habitat of the green and gold frog as important as that is”.

The project will be undertaken within the wetlands and floodplains of Launceston during spring-summer 2018-19.

For more information on the project call Tamar NRM on 6323 3310.

Thank you to all those that have applied.