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Managing Variable Soils – Save the Date 4th October

Mosaic of soils occurring in the Tamar Valley.

Do you have soil variability across your property?
Variable pH?
Poorly drained soils in some parts of your farm?

Paddock by paddock variation presents many challenges in managing soils for production and soil health.

Tamar NRM in conjunction with “Wenlock Enterprises”, Rosevale, are holding a field day to discuss treatments to manage these soils.

Come along and see three adjacent paddocks all exhibiting different characteristics and hear how the landholder manages them.

SAVE THE DATE & REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Friday 4th October, 10 am Rosevale Hall and nearby property “Wenlock”.
Free Event – Open to the Public – but need to register to attend.
Phone Tamar NRM 6323 3310;
[email protected]

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

Christopher Strong Sustainability Grant

The Christopher Strong Sustainability Grant is open to any individual/school/landcare/ community group undertaking a sustainability project in a rural or urban area of the Tamar region, Tasmania. Projects may relate to, for example:

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Environmental education
  • Research projects or trials
  • Improving sustainable living
  • Plantings
  • Maintenance of local ecosystems

Project Funding: up to $1,500 – to be used for project-related costs only.

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM (in word format)

Complete addressing all the criteria and emaul back to Tamar NRM

 

Applications must be received by 5pm, Friday, 16th August, 2019

 

Submit applications to [email protected]

Applicants will be informed of the result early September.

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

 

 

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:

CLICK HERE

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]

 

Click on Poster for details

Wildlife Caught on Camera

Tamar NRM has some new wildlife cameras to assist us, and others, in discovering what species are in the Tamar. During 2018 the cameras have been out in gardens and reserves taking photographs and videos of wildlife. The cameras have motion sensors so they are triggered by anything going past. The cameras are fitted with Infra Red Flash or Black Flash No Glow technology so there is little to no light seen by animals or people when taking night shots. We hire out the cameras, so if you would like to use them please contact us on [email protected] or 03 6323 3310

Some of the Latest Videos

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Some of the Latest Images

 

 

Tasmanian Bettong

 

 

 

Long-nosed Potoroo

 

 

 

Pademelon

 

 

 

 

Black Rad

 

 

 

Carr Villa, Trevally and SKEMPS had photos of cats (pets and feral)

 

Farmgate Festival – 24th-25th November

Farmgate Festival is a premiere food and farming event in the Tamar Valley of northern Tasmania.

A selection of farmers and producers are opening their gates for the weekend, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2018, giving you the chance to go behind the scenes on the farm, meet the people who grow and make your food, and hear their stories. 

Along with farmers and producers there are two amazing feasts on too. Bookings are essential for these.

Check out the Farmgate Flyer for more information. Tickets can be purchased from the Farmgate Webstie along with all the information. Some tours need to be prebooked!