Category Archives: Community Stories

The Tamar Pasture Improvement Demonstration Project Survey

The Tamar Pasture Improvement Demonstration Project Survey

Congratulations Brian!

 

The draw for the Green Tractor was conducted at Mowbray Office on 7th December. The winner is Pipers River Farmer Brian Baxter. It may be a bit small to help with this year’s hay and silage, but will look great under the Xmas tree!

The survey remains open and we encourage others to participate until March 2018. Available online, via phone or post.

Click on the Survey Link:

 

Serrated Tussock – Be on the Lookout

 

Serrated Tussock

ONE OF OUR WORST WEEDS.

We have it in the Tamar Valley, we just need to get rid of it!

Contact Tamar NRM 6323 3310 if you want further identification tips emailed or posted. But if you think you have it don’t transport it to get an ID. It’s better to ring DPIPWE 1300 368 550 or Tamar NRM 6323 3310 to have it identified in situ.

 Here is a great video clip

Video produced by Hillary Burden at Tamar NRM’s Serrated Tussock Workshop Hillwood, Thursday 30th November 2017.

Other useful websites:

http://www.serratedtussock.com/idapp

http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/invasive-species/weeds/weeds-index/declared-weeds-index/serrated-tussock

Phone: 6323 3310 or 0438 642 112 or

Email: [email protected]

IDENTIFICATION TIPS:

  1. Leaf bases of serrated tussock are more tightly packed and more slender than those of other tussocks and are never purple or blue-green, but a whitish colour.
  2. In summer when most other grasses have dried off to a straw-colour, the young serrated tussock plants still retain their bright green colour, except for the tips which are bleached.
  3. At the junction of leaf sheath and blade most grasses carry a small flap known as a ‘ligule’. In the case of serrated tussock this is white, papery, rounded at the tip and never hairy.
  4. The upward-pointing barbs on the leaf blade, which gives them their rough or serrated texture, are minute and almost invisible to the naked eye. If the leaves appear at all hairy, the plant is not serrated tussock.
  5. The seed head breaks off whole. The previous year’s seed heads do not generally remain on the plant.
  6. Flowering and seeding heads are a dark purple due to the colour of the two ‘glumes’ surrounding the seed.
  7. Seed of serrated tussock is unlike the seed of any of the other tussock grasses with which it is likely to be confused.
  8. For help in identifying serrated tussock, search the Dennis Morris Weeds and Endemic Flora Database for serrated tussock illustrations.

For more information view DPIPWE website:

http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/invasive-species/weeds/weeds-index/declared-weeds-index/serrated-tussock

or the Tamar Valley Weeds Strategy Website

 

George Town Coastal Communities Action Plan Update

The George Town Coastal Management Group, George Town Council, Tamar NRM and the Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania have endorsed the actions for the management of the George Town Coastal area and are committed to working in partnership for the full implementation of this action plan.

Through workshops and consultation, the coastal communities of Bellingham, Weymouth, Lulworth, Tam O’Shanter, Beechford, Bellbuoy Beach, Low Head and Hillwood have identified priority works for the protection and restoration of the places they live, work and recreate in.

This action plan presents the latest reviewed on-ground works consistent with aims of the George Town Coastal Management Plan (2005), which was the first truly community driven coastal management plan in Tasmania. It is an important resource to guide future community action and assist government and local planning authorities in the ongoing management of coastal areas within the George Town municipality.

“Communities and management authorities working together to protect, enhance and sustainably manage the natural values of our coastal area for recreation and conservation into the future.”

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George Town Coastal Communities Action Plan Update (Summary Document) Feb 2017 (1MB)

 

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George Town Coastal Communities Action Plan Update Feb 2017

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George Town Coastal Communities Management Plan (2005) (4.7MB)

 

Tamar NRM Hot Desk – West Tamar Council 8th Dec

Tamar NRM is Keen to Hear from You

Tamar NRM likes to get out and about to chat to members of the community about all things related to Natural Resource Management from Sustainable Living, Sustainable Agriculture to Biodiveristy Sustainability.

Come talk to us about a project you are interested in, information on tree planting, gardens for wildlife, fire and biodiversity, weeds, cats and much much more.

Hot Desk WTC

Heritage Forest Community Garden Open Day

Interested in gardening? Don’t have space in your house for a garden but would like to get your hands dirty? Want to know more about what to plant this sprint?

Head on down to the Community Garden at Heritage Forest for their Spring Planting Open Day. All are welcome and if you would like to become a member there are still spaces so get in quick. What better way to spend a sunny spring day.

Heritage Forest Open day

Myrtle Rust – DPIPWE Call for Help to ID Myrtle Rust

Myrtle rust is continuing to be detected in home gardens in the wider Burnie area since it was first detected in February 2015. Biosecurity Tasmania is continuing with its statewide emergency response program in an attempt to eradicate Myrtle rust, before it becomes established and poses a serious risk to the health of Tasmania’s native bushland.

Myrtle rust has distinctive yellow pustules (see DPIPWE Factsheet ) that contain spores which can be easily spread by wind, insects, animals and people onto nearby host plants, including native bushland, at particular risk may be species in the Myrtaceae family.

Lophomyrtus plants are the key carriers of Myrtle rust and Biosecurity Tasmania needs to inspect these plants in home gardens (with your permission) for signs of disease.

You can help by simply letting DPIPWE know if you have Lophomyrtus plants on your property. The most common Lophomyrtus varieties found in Tasmanian gardens are: Black Stallion (varying from burgundy to green/brown leaves); Red Dragon (reddish leaves); or Rainbows End (pink and cream variegated leaves).

For more information visit the DPIPWE website at: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/myrtlerust

Myrtle Rust Hotline (03) 6165 3785

 

Christopher Strong Natural Resource Management Fellowship 2015

Christopher Strong Natural Resource Management Fellowship 2015 . . . . . .

The fellowship recognises the vision, passion and appreciation Christopher Strong had for the natural world. It respects and values his significant contributions to the management of our resources with his dedication and tireless contribution to Tamar Natural Resource Management.

2015 Recipients:  Lochlan Skinner & Liam Scanlan

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Project: “Coastal Stability of the Weymouth area”.

Lochlan Skinner’s project built on past research work he had done on the Weymouth/Bellingham coastal region with supervisor Joanne Ellison (coastal geomorphology UTAS).

Lochlan presented his findings to the George Town Coastal Community on 7th February 2016.

Lochlan’s final report can be found at:

http://www.tamarnrm.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Weymouth-report-for-printing-Lochlan-Skinner.pdf

Lochlan Skinner, 2015 – Assessing and maintaining the coastal stability of Weymouth Beach, Tasmania

Project: “Assessing vulnerability of salt marshes to impacts of sea level rise in the Tamar Estuary, Tasmania: Report to Tamar NRM”

Liam Scanlan’s project focused on identifying areas for managed retreat of saltmarsh wetlands using sea-level rise and inundation projection maps, and also highlighting increased pressure from invasive species.

Liam’s final report can be accessed at:

http://www.tamarnrm.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Saltmarsh-Tamar-NRM-Report.pdf

Do you know someone who would qualify for a fellowship?

The Fellowship is open to any individual/school/community group undertaking a project in a Rural or Urban area.

  1. a) Rural – Improvement of sustainable agriculture through research, trials and experiments OR improvement and/or maintenance of local ecosystem(s);
  2. b) Urban – Improvement of sustainable living OR improvement and/or maintenance of local ecosystem(s).

Funding allocated for the project is up to $1,500.

(to be used for associated project costs and expenses only)

Criteria

Applications will be judged on the following:

  • Must be managed and relate to the Tamar Region;
  • Must emphasise improvement in either a rural or urban area(s);
  • Must be completed within twelve months on receipt of funds.

Next Round Opens: 1st February 2016

Closes: 31st March 2016