Tamar NRM and SCCET Draft Cat Mangement Plan Submission
Tamar NRM along with other members of the Statewide Community Cat Eradication Taskforce (SCCET) submitted a response to the Draft Cat Management Plan. A quick overview of points is below otherwise click here for the full submission.
The new plan takes a big step forward from the existing Cat Management Act (2009).
Tamar NRM supports the move towards being “responsible for a cat” not just a “cat owner” with: compulsory de-sexing (at an earlier age) and microchipping of cats; confining cats to premises to prevent nuisance and roaming cats and limiting the number of cats allowed at a property (although Tamar NRM feels this number should be 2-3 not 3-5).
Arrangements supporting landholders to undertake cat management actions have been improved through: removing the “proximity to nearest residence” requirements for primary producers, managers of “prescribed land” and cat prohibited areas.
Eradication should be the ultimate goal despite the difficulties and improbabilities of this being achieved. If we don’t aim high, we will fall well short.
Community, volunteer and NRM groups need to be involved in all aspects of the plan. This is something the State Government states is important, but it appears to be lacking within the draft plan.
The language used in the performance indicators and actions is extremely vague. There needs to be measurable Key Performance Indicators and baselines in order for actions to be successful.
Clarity in the roles played by state and local governments, land managers, community and other key stakeholders is vital, but also, how this is going to be funded?
There is already a lot of research of the impacts of cats. This should not be a reason to stop action and funding to cat management activities now.
The May edition of the “Naturally Yours” newsletter is out.
It is packed full of information from the region, interesting articles and up and coming Tamar NRM events. We are always interested in articles about what people are up to, or something for our biodiversity or sustainability sections. Please get in contact if you have something to add to our next newsletter due out in August.
We have put up two resolutions, one smaller for those with slower internets and one larger and slightly better quality. Click on your chosen link below to download.
Productive Catchments 2 Day Study Tour – Woady Yaloak and The Otways, Victoria
Tamar NRM has a few places left for this 2 day sustainable farming bus trip in Victoria.
You will visit Woady Yaloak Catchment (day one) and Agrofoestry Farms in the Otways (day two). At the night stop over at Colac we will be joined by the Coorangamite CMA at the evening meal.
The study tour will show examples sustainable farming. At Woady Yaloak we will see aspects of the group’s current productivity focus (pastures, cropping and soils) blending with the more traditional Landcare (such as care for waterways, remnants, rabbit and weed control). Day two will show forestry and productive farming in the Otways. On show will be the practical applications of the Master TreeGrowers program and sustainable forestry and trees on farms.
Spaces are still left but the $500 deal has finished. It is now $300 from Melbourne.
Limited places. Don’t miss out!!
Grant Success to Support Tamar Farming at all Scales
Tamar NRM is to receive $37,590 through the latest round of funding under the National Landcare Programme – Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Round 2015-16, to present innovative and forward-looking solutions on the issues affecting agriculture in the Tamar Valley.
The workshops series will be delivered under the banner of “Backyards to Broadacres” providing regionally relevant information to as wide as possible range of farm producers.
The project will be delivered over 2016 and 2017 spread across the City of Launceston, West Tamar and George Town council’s areas. To register you interest contact Tamar Natural Resource Management on 6323 3310
“This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government”
The Final Report for one of our Flagship events is now on the Website. A big thank you to all supporters, three councils of West Tamar, George Town and Launceston, sponsor RACT, the Tamar NRM Weeds Working Group, and our Co-ordinator of the Raids, Jayne Shapter. Happy reading and see you all at the raids next year. http://www.tamarnrm.com.au/media/reports/
Myrtle rust is continuing to be detected in home gardens in the wider Burnie area since it was first detected in February 2015. Biosecurity Tasmania is continuing with its statewide emergency response program in an attempt to eradicate Myrtle rust, before it becomes established and poses a serious risk to the health of Tasmania’s native bushland.
Myrtle rust has distinctive yellow pustules (see DPIPWE Factsheet ) that contain spores which can be easily spread by wind, insects, animals and people onto nearby host plants, including native bushland, at particular risk may be species in the Myrtaceae family.
Lophomyrtus plants are the key carriers of Myrtle rust and Biosecurity Tasmania needs to inspect these plants in home gardens (with your permission) for signs of disease.
You can help by simply letting DPIPWE know if you have Lophomyrtus plants on your property. The most common Lophomyrtus varieties found in Tasmanian gardens are: Black Stallion (varying from burgundy to green/brown leaves); Red Dragon (reddish leaves); or Rainbows End (pink and cream variegated leaves).
For more information visit the DPIPWE website at: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/myrtlerust