WHAT’S ON AT THE EXPO
This years Tamar Sustainable Living EXPO has four workshop and presentations spaces and with such a great lineup there something for eveyone!
Click on the times below to get all the details.
Tamar Valley Centre
- 9:30am – 10:00am: Tasmania as the world leader in securing a stable climate (Todd Houstein, Sustainable Living Tasmania)
- 10:00am – 11:00am: Solar Power: On-grid/off-grid? Batteries? Hot water? FAQs (Martin Dingemanse, MODE Electrical)
- 11:00am – 12:00pm: Healthy soils: The key to growing well (Theresa Chapman, RMCG and Dr Graeme Stevenson with MC Costa Georgiadis)
- 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Sustainable & Healthy Housing: Some important principles (Dr Mark Dewsbury, UTAS)
- 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Climate Leaders of Launceston (Launceston College & Scotch Oakburn College with MC Costa Georgiadis)
- 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Solar Power: On-grid or off-grid? Batteries? Hot water? FAQs (Martin Dingemanse MODE Electrical)
John Duncan Room (A)
- 9:30am – 10:00am: Electric vehicles and you: Why, when, what, and how? (Clive Attwater Aust. Electric Vehicle Association)
- 10:00am – 10:30am: Sustainability at UTAS (Dr Carmen Primo Perez, University of Tasmania)
- 10:30am – 11:00am: Oils ain’t oils – How can you run a car on fish and chip oil?! (Dr Scott Bell, Esmeralda Enterprises)
- 11:00am – 11:30am: How to be healthy in a toxic world (Joanne Roles, MiPassion)
- 11:30am – 12:00pm: Create your healthy happy lifestyle with pure essential oils (Kay Hamilton, Kay’s Essential Oils)
- 12:00pm – 12:30pm: From waste to wealth (Mark Love, Bootstrap Enterprises)
- 1:30pm – 2:00pm: How to get the most out of solar panels in Tasmania (Todd Houstein, Sustainable Living Tasmania)
- 2:00pm – 2:30pm: Sustainable waste plastics recycling and reprocessing in Tasmania (Michael Turner, Envorinex)
- 2:30pm – 3:00pm: Oils ain’t oil 0 How can you run a car on fish and chip oil?! (Dr Scott Bell, Esmeralda Enterprises)
- 3:00pm – 3:30pm: Why a Farmers’ Market? (Kim Hewitt, Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market)
John Duncan Room (B)
- 10:30am – 11:00am: Composting with kids (Costa Georgiadis, ABC TV)
- 11:30am – 12:30pm: Bikes & baggage: How to go car-free (Anna Povey with Malcolm and Vicky Cowan, Tamar Bicycle User Group)
- 1:00pm – 1:30pm: Practical soil testing (Theresa Chapman, RMCG)
- 2:00pm – 2:30pm: Compost and worms in the home (Damien Crompton, Permaculture Tasmania)
- 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Bikes & baggage: How to go car-free (Anna Povey with Malcolm and Vicky Cowan, Tamar Bicycle User Group)
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
The Council Areas of Launceston, West Tamar and George Town.
Tamar NRM Boneseed On Ground Action Day
Thursday, 20th September, 2018
Meet at Punchbowl Reserve Main Car Park – 9.30 am – 11.30 am
West Tamar Sites:
Meet Cnr. Rosevears Drive & West Tamar Hwy – 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
George Town Sites:
Meet at Hillwood, Egg Island Point, Craigburn Road – 9.30 am – 11.30 am
Help us control Boneseed
Boneseed is an invasive weed of national significance. It invades natural areas and out competes native plants. It can be found in disturbed bushland, housing development blocks and in coastal vegetation. It can invade the understorey of bushland and competes with native plants and reduces biodiversity. Dense infestations can be a significant fire hazard.
Or organise an activity with your community group over September-October.
Let Tamar NRM know and we will include in the Calendar of Activities
- Attend the Tamar NRM Boneseed Blitz Day on 20th September.
- Remove Boneseed from your property
Tamar NRM can assist community groups with their efforts in targeting this weed. We can:
- Promote your Boneseed Blitz working bee day
- Supply weed treatment information
- Supply “Dabbers” for cut & paste treatment
- Help with identification.
Tamar NRM – Phone 6323 3310
Further information available from Tamar weeds Strategy and DPIPWE website.
In June 2018 the Tamar NRM Strategic Directions 2018-2021 were signed off by the Management Committee. It presents our 3 year vision in a succinct and straight forward manner.
This latest update to our strategic directions incorporates the input and feedback gathered over two years and a process of alignment with the three Tamar councils’ objectives and other relevant regional documents.
Tamar NRM Strategic Direction 2018-2021 builds in what the rural and urban communities want of an NRM organisation delivering grass-roots driven projects across the Tamar Valley.
The Winter Edition of Tamar NRM’s newsletter Naturally Yours is ready for some fireside reading.
Please click on one of the below links to check it out. The larger version is recommended if you can as it has better resolution of photos. We hope you enjoy!
Large Version (6.8MB)
Small Version (1.8MB)
PLASTIC FREE JULY MORNING TEA
Support Plastic Free Launceston as they launch Plastic Free July with a morning tea at TasTAFE Drysdale
Tuesday 3 July 2018, 10:30 am
93 Paterson St, Launceston
Join MC Jo Palmer and speakers from Plastic Free Launceston and Launceston City Council
Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. Be part of the solution!
RSVP by Friday 29 June to [email protected]
Plastic Free Launceston is a working group of Tamar NRM
Help Us Restore Green and Gold Frog Habitat for World Environment Day
Tuesday 5th June 11am to 2 pm
Come help Tamar NRM, City of Launceston and QVMAG improve habitat along the Tamar and learn about a frogs life.
There are plenty of trees and sedges to plant as well as other activities such as frog walks, water quality testing, looking for frog food and waterbug searches.
Come anytime between 11 am and 2 pm and stay as long as you like. This event is open to the whole community, is free and child friendly.
Wear closed in shoes and long pants (gumboots recommended).
Parking available at the playground at Tailrace.
For more information contact Gill Basnett, Tamar NRM, on 03 6323 3310 or [email protected]
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.