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2020 RAGWORT RAIDS

2020 will be our 21st year of Ragwort raiding!

Join us for this event as we are winning the battle in the Tamar Valley.

A combination of people power, biocontrol and enforcement is saving the area from large economic losses should ragwort become widely established.

Call for Volunteers:

East Tamar

Saturday 1st February

From 9.00 am to 12.00 noon

Meet at 9.00 am Pipers River Fire Station

BBQ Lunch provided.

 

West Tamar

Sunday 2nd February

From 9.00 am -12.00 noon

Meet at 9.00 am Winkleigh Hall, Winkleigh Road.

BBQ Lunch provided.

Launceston

Wednesday 5th February

From 9.00am to 12.00pm

Where: Launceston, Tasman Highway & Blessington Road

Meet at Waverley Lake Carpark, Naroo Street

Lunch provided.

 

Contact Tamar NRM

Ph. 6323 3310
or Coordinator Jo Lyall Mob. 0400 866 934

for information and registrations

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Welcome to Jo Lyall long time “Ragwort raider” and our 2020 Ragwort Raid Coordinator. Jo has also prepared our report mapping for the past 2 years, so knows the roads travelled and where to look for Ragwort.

THE 2020 RAGWORT RAID REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE

Go to the “Reports” tab

Tamar NRM 2018-19 Annual Report

THANK YOU EVERYONE

Another big year finished. It is always nice to do a yearly roundup of what we have been doing as it reminds us what we have achieved. Thank you to our Management Committee; Reference Group; funding councils: City of Launceston, West Tamar and George Town Councils; supporters; volunteers; partners and landholders. Without us all working together we would not be as successful as we are. Check out our Annual Report on the Reports tab of our website along with other reports by Tamar NRM or by others on relevent issues. Or click on the thumbnail below (3.8MB).


 

 

A community clean-up of
kanamaluka / The Tamar Estuary
Monday 3rd to Sunday 8th November, 2020

In November, 2019 the inaugural “Catch it in the Catchment” clean-up event was held. The community got right behind this event cleaning up at 25 sites, with 300 participants, and 200 bags of rubbish collected.

This year we seek your help to keep our major waterway and surrounds free of rubbish.

The Week-long Event means more schools, community and sporting groups, and business can find a convenient time to spend just a few hours to participate.

More than just a clean-up.  The Catch it in the Catchment clean up provides an opportunity to highlight the important link between us in the catchment and our estuary. Let’s ‘catch’ litter (especially plastics) before it enters our estuary and makes its way to the sea.

Catch it in the Catchment – Aims and Objectives:
• To remove rubbish from the kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary, as it is detrimental to its ecological health, aesthetic value and economic potential
• To increase the communities’ understanding of the impact human activities and behaviours can have on the waterways in the Catchment.
• To offer a broad range of stakeholders an opportunity to participate in a positive community action as a way of responding to the problem of litter in the estuary.

Family and friends, school, community group and workplaces, are warmly invited to join this community clean up and help make a difference to our beautiful kanamaluka/ Tamar estuary.

Registration is easy Email or message us at: [email protected]

https://www.facebook.com/catchitinthecatchment

All we need is one contact person – others in your group can register on the day. or request to join a group. Additional information will be provided on registration.

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

 

 

Cressy Research Station Field Day

Tamar NRM, in conjuction with Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, is running a field day at the Cressy Research Facility to take a tour of the farm trial sites and talk about pastures, seeds and genebanks, fertilising pastures and soil nutrition.

When: Thursday March 21st 10.00 am to 2.30 pm
Where: Cressy Research Facility trial paddocks, Burlington Road, South of Cressy

Presenters include:
Rowan Smith (Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture)
Stewart Sutherland and Tim Smallbon  (Upper Murray Seeds)
Eric Hall (Pastures expert and Tamar NRM PDS Consultant)

Bookings essential: Contact Greg Lundstrom on 03 6323 3310,  0438 642 112 or [email protected]

 

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Wildlife Caught on Camera

Tamar NRM has some new wildlife cameras to assist us, and others, in discovering what species are in the Tamar. During 2018 the cameras have been out in gardens and reserves taking photographs and videos of wildlife. The cameras have motion sensors so they are triggered by anything going past. The cameras are fitted with Infra Red Flash or Black Flash No Glow technology so there is little to no light seen by animals or people when taking night shots. We hire out the cameras, so if you would like to use them please contact us on [email protected] or 03 6323 3310

Some of the Latest Videos

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Some of the Latest Images

 

 

Tasmanian Bettong

 

 

 

Long-nosed Potoroo

 

 

 

Pademelon

 

 

 

 

Black Rad

 

 

 

Carr Villa, Trevally and SKEMPS had photos of cats (pets and feral)

 

The Wonderful World of Waterbugs

The Wonderful World of Waterbugs

Afternoon session with John Gooderham

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Venue: QVMAG auditorium – 4.00pm-5-00 pm

Critters in Creeks – Macro-invertebrate Monitoring & Citizen Science

Field Work at various locations – Schools and Community

Wednesday 24th October 2018, 9.00am- 4.00pm

Meet at Queechy Lake Car Park, Queechy Road (off Penquite Road, Launceston) from 9.00 am

Build the Day into your school science curriculum

Bookings Tamar NRM on 6323 3310

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Tamar NRM is  participating in this year’s National Waterbug Blitz and partnering with the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG), City of Launceston’s Natural Environment Unit, Plastic Free Launceston, NRM North and Landcare Tasmania.