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 latest offering of “Naturally Yours”
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You will notice the December issue is different than past newsletters. It features the Year in Review with plenty of photos of Community Action across the Tamar Valley.
The Tamar Pasture Improvement Demonstration Project Survey
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.
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.
Video produced by Hillary Burden at Tamar NRM’s Serrated Tussock Workshop Hillwood, Thursday 30th November 2017.
Other useful websites:
Phone: 6323 3310 or 0438 642 112 or
Email: [email protected]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The seed head breaks off whole. The previous year’s seed heads do not generally remain on the plant.
- Flowering and seeding heads are a dark purple due to the colour of the two ‘glumes’ surrounding the seed.
- Seed of serrated tussock is unlike the seed of any of the other tussock grasses with which it is likely to be confused.
- 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:
or the Tamar Valley Weeds Strategy Website
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.”
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.
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.