Healthy Soils Discussion Group
Spring Field Days: Fri 9th August; Fri 16th August; Friday 23rd August 2019;
Autumn 2020 Field Days: TBA.
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST:
FOR REGISTRATION AND EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
We are delighted to have secured presenters Rob Moreton (DPIPWE), Theresa Chapman (RMCG) and Dr. Bill Cotching.
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Plastic Free July Launch
Sunday June 30 — 4-6pm
St John Craft Beer
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a few drinks and learn more about Plastic Free July. Meet the Plastic Free Launceston group, Adrift Lab team and local businesses getting behind the Plastic Free movement.
Plastic Free Launceston
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
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
Tuesday 13th August 2019
During Science Week
“The Wonderful World of Waterbugs”
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”
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
Email: [email protected]
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)
Open to the general public to attend. BYO picnic lunch afterwards
RSVP to Brock: Email [email protected] – Phone 0408 435 316
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
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.
Bookings: [email protected]
Or phoning Greg Lundstrom on 6323 3310, Mob 0438 642 112
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
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.
The Partnership Prospectus is out for partners and exhibitors to join in on Tamar NRM’s inaugural Tamar Sustainable Living Expo held on October 13, 2018 at Albert Hall, Launceston. We are also seeking speakers and workshop presenters.
The Expo will build on the success of our 2017 Sustainability Energy Expo which attracted over 1,100 people to that venue.
Register your interest in the event as an Expo Partner, Exhibitor Partner, Venue Partner, Media Partner or help out on the day as a volunteer.
And we can create a partnership program that is tailored to your needs.
Contact: Gabrielle Stannus,
Tamar Sustainable Living Expo Coordinator
Mob. 0400 431 277
DECIDED TO JOIN THE EXPO?
Then fill out the relevant forms below: