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Healthy Soils Discussion Group

Healthy Soils Discussion Group

Autumn 2020 Field Days: Dates TBA.

FOR REGISTRATION AND EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

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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

 

2019 Ragwort Raid Report

January and February saw the completion of Tamar NRM’s annual Ragwort Raid. Volunteers from the community, Landcare groups, councils, volunteer fire brigades, Tamar NRM and RACT donated more than 250 hours to clear and record Ragwort from 980km of roadside!! Read the below report for more details.

Thanks to City of Launceston, West Tamar and George Town councils along with State Growth for follow up and to the RACT for their ongoing support with funding.


2019 Ragwort Raid Report  (2 MB)

Healthy Soils Discussion Group – Expression of Interest Open

Funding courtesy of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) will enable Tamar NRM to participate in a national pilot project looking at creating and maintaining healthy soils.

The Tamar Valley is to be one of eleven soils discussion groups supported through MLA funding, across New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

It is anticipated that two discussion groups will meet 3 times in either spring 2019 or autumn 2020. Participants will use a range of new and existing approaches and products to assess and improve the condition of the soils on their farms.

This project will focus on getting back to the basics and highlighting to landholders that soils health is a first step rather than an afterthought and include:

  • The role of soils in pasture renovation, nutrient testing and budgeting for better soils outcomes and ultimately improved production.
  • Correcting soil fertility deficiencies and improving wet soils drainage.
  • Based on the model of field based activities where producers visit farms and witness first-hand what works in the Tamar Valley.
  • The project is to begin in spring 2019 and conclude in autumn 2020 with a shared event networking with other groups.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST:

Healthy Soils Discussion Group:

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FOR REGISTRATION AND EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Spring Field Days: Fri 9th August; Fri 16th August; Friday 23rd August 2019

Autumn 2020 Field Days: TBA.

 

Latest Developments:

We are delighted to have secured presenters Rob Moreton (DPIPWE), Theresa Chapman (RMCG) and Dr. Bill Cotching.

MLA Healthy Soils Guest Presenters:

MLA Healthy Soils bios only

 

Cressy Research Station Field Day

Tamar NRM, in conjuction with Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, is running a field day at the Cressy Research Facility to take a tour of the farm trial sites and talk about pastures, seeds and genebanks, fertilising pastures and soil nutrition.

When: Thursday March 21st 10.00 am to 2.30 pm
Where: Cressy Research Facility trial paddocks, Burlington Road, South of Cressy

Presenters include:
Rowan Smith (Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture)
Stewart Sutherland and Tim Smallbon  (Upper Murray Seeds)
Eric Hall (Pastures expert and Tamar NRM PDS Consultant)

Bookings essential: Contact Greg Lundstrom on 03 6323 3310,  0438 642 112 or [email protected]

 

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“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]