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 Partnership Prospectus is out for partners and exhibitors to join in on Tamar NRM’s inaugural Tamar Sustainable Living Expo held on October 13, 2018 at Albert Hall, Launceston. We are also seeking speakers and workshop presenters.
The Expo will build on the success of our 2017 Sustainability Energy Expo which attracted over 1,100 people to that venue.
Register your interest in the event as an Expo Partner, Exhibitor Partner, Venue Partner, Media Partner or help out on the day as a volunteer.
And we can create a partnership program that is tailored to your needs.
Contact: Gabrielle Stannus,
Tamar Sustainable Living Expo Coordinator
Mob. 0400 431 277
DECIDED TO JOIN THE EXPO?
Then fill out the relevant forms below:
Click HERE for the link to the journal article or or see the summary document on our “REPORTS” Tab
Finding your niche – New opportunities for native produce
UPDATED DETAILS ONE DAY ONLY
When: Thursday 8th, 2018
Where: Tailrace Centre 1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside, Launceston.
Time: 8.30 – 4.30
Subsidised Cost: $45 (plus booking fee).
Bookings essential: contact Greg Lundstrom on [email protected] or 0438 642 112.
Australian Native Foods & Botanicals (ANFAB) and Tamar NRM are bringing together growers, aspiring growers, chefs, wholesalers, retailers and boutique producers.
At this event, speakers will showcase the exiting developments and possibilities of the burgeoning native food and botanicals’ sector as well as exploring niche markets. The day will include a farm visit to Bronzewing Farm (native pepper producer) in the morning and speakers at Tailrace in the afternoon. See below for the program.
Meet at Tailrace, Riverside at 8:30am, bus leaves 9:00am sharp.
Here is a sound bite of the interview Costa did at Punchbowl Community Garden with Fred Hooper from ABC Radio on Thursday 1st February. (Courtesy of the ABC)
The event was organised by Tamar NRM and Landcare Tasmania.
Thanks to Tamar Wetlands and West Tamar Council for bringing him to Tassie.
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.
Click on the Survey Link:
Heartwood: The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit
by Rowan Reid, Forest Scientist and the owner of the Bambra Agroforestry Farm. Publisher: Melbourn Books
“Encouraging landholders to plant and manage trees for conservation and profit”
AVAILABLE for $50 per copy from Tamar NRM.
This beautiful hard cover book has 15 chapters focusing on different high-quality timber species that Rowan grows on his own farm. These include the local Australian Blackwood and Mountain Ash, low rainfall native timber species like Red Ironbark and Spotted Gum, sub-tropical natives such as Sydney Blue Gum, Silky Oak, River Sheoak and Australian Red Cedar, and exotics including Coast Redwood, English Oak and Poplar.
Rowan uses these species to explore the fundamentals of tree growing and timber production and includes references to more than 100 timber species that Australian farmers could grow. Rowan highlights how, in almost every case, trees grown for timber can also provide soil conservation, biodiversity, agricultural and aesthetic values.
In October, Tamar NRM sponsored Rowan to come back to present on his 30 years as a tree grower.
AND . . . . We have a limited number of copies of his new book signed by Rowan Reid.
Also available from Petrarch’s Bookshop in Launceston.
More Information from Rowan’s Facebook Page: