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

 

 

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)