Tamar NRM, with continued support from City of Launceston, West Tamar and George Town Councils as well as our success with grants, continues to assist community groups and individuals within the Tamar Region with on-ground activities, awareness raising and knowledge sharing and networking related to biodiversity conservation, sustainable agriculture and sustainable living.
Some Acheivements from 2017 Include:
- 2017 Sustainable Energy Expo – Over 1000 people attended our Sustainable Energy Expo held in Albert Hall with 22 stall holders and a wide range of speakers. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive from both the public and stall holders.
- 2017 Boneseed Blitz – This year we partnered with 50 Boags Brewery staff and Landcare Tasmania to remove a large infestation of Boneseed from a 6 hectare reserve in Beaconsfield. The Tamar NRM Green Army team assisted with follow-up as well as a Boneseed Blitz of their own in the Tamar forshore in Swan Bay.
- 2017 Ragwort Raid – The 18th Ragwort Raid was another success with volunteers further reducing the extent and spread of Ragwort in the region. Again supported by funding from RACT and 42 volunteers from East Tamar Landcare, West Tamar Landcare, volunteer fire brigades, the three councils and the general public. A total of 345 volunteer hours were put in to remove Ragwort from 661km of road in Launceston, West Tamar and George Town municipalities.
- Facilitation of the completion of the latest George Town Coastal Management Action Plan update, launched in February by Minister Groom. Coastal community groups, agencies, council and Tamar NRM came together to update the plan driven by the group’s philosophy that their actions should be strategic, based on sound science and research and focused on local and regional priorities.
- Another 6800 seedlings planted by students, volunteer, community groups, Tamar Works Team and landholders as part of the Tamar Valley Rural Biodiversity and Landscape Learning Project funded by a $100,000 grant under the National Landcare Programme.
- Backyards to Broadacres 10 Sustainable Agriculture workshop program funded by a $37,590 grant from the National Llandcare Programme, Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Round. Topics included soil improvement techniques, pastures through the seasons, trees on farms, biochar, dung beetles and worms and much more.
- Tamar Community Fire Resilience Project funded by $28,700 grant from the Australian Government and administered by the Tasmanian State Government. Workshops on fire and biodiversity, property preparedness and fire planning on covenanted property were held in partnership with Tas Fire Service Bushfire Ready Neighbourhoods, Parks and Wildlife, Department of Defence and Tasmanian Land Conservancy.
- Tamar Works Teams (Work for the Dole and Green Army) undertook weeding, track maintenance, planting erosion control and rubbish removal works throughout the Tamar and Meander Valleys.