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Master Tree Growers

Master Tree Growers Course Completed

Tamar NRM Master TreeGrower Dept AF&F Australian Agroforestry Foundation

In a joint initiative between Tamar NRM and Australian Agroforestry Foundation, a successful Master Tree Growers course has been held in the Tamar Valley. The course participants, predominantly made up of local landholders, heard from national and local experts about planting and managing trees on private property for conservation and profit.

Conversation about Biodiversity
Conversation about the values of biodiversity

The president of Tamar NRM Roger Tyshing said “We were keen to demonstrate that there is a middle ground in timber production which can be profitable and take into account the needs of the land owner, as well as environmental and landscape values. Judging from the feedback received, we think we achieved just that”.

Seeds and seedlings
Seeds and seedlings

The course started on Friday 14th August and culminated at a presentation night on Friday 25th September, at Design Tasmania and a dinner afterwards. Present at the presentations were Senator Richard Colebeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education and Minister assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment, local Member for Bass Sarah Courtney, MP and Mayor and Mayoress of Launceston City Council, Albert and Lyndle van Zetten.

Local landholder Ian Dickenson collects his certificate from Senator Colbeck
Local landholder Ian Dickenson collects his certificate from Senator Colebeck

Coordinator Rowan Reid was supported throughout the course by Andy Stewart an agroforestry farmer from the Otways in Victoria, master propagator and nurseryman Mike Robinson-Koss, bush foods marketer and promoter Amanda Garner, Biodiversity consultant Anna Povey, with ten Tamar region farm sites visited. Local businesses supporting the event included Habitat Nursery, Tamar Ridge Wines and Design Tasmania Centre.

Rosemary Grant attended one of the Master TreeGrower days and interviewed a couple of participants as well as Becky McCann, Australian Agroforestry Network, and Gill Basnett, Tamar NRM Program Coordinator. The Radio interview aired Monday 28th September 2015. Click here to read the story and hear the interview.

New biodiverse plantings on a corner pivot
New biodiverse plantings on the corner pivots

Keeping Warm Efficiently – Heat Pump Info Session

Come along to a free information session being run by Sustainable Living Tasmania regarding efficient ways to keep warm in your home. There is also an opportunity to make use of their deal on high-quality efficient heat pumps and help Tamar NRM out in the process (we will receive $50 from purchases from this event).

The evening will cover the following topics:

  • How to most effectively and efficiently keep warm at home, touching upon appropriate clothing, passive solar design, zoning, draught-proofing, and insulating, and then focussing on heater selection;
  • The heat pump models on offer;
  • How this special offer works; and
  • Your questions

If you would like to join us please click here to register.

For more information on the Heat Pump offer please click here.

Tamar Talks and AGM

Come along and be inspired!

Meeting Date: Wednesday September the 9th

Meeting Time: 6:00pm

Meeting Venue: West Tamar Council, Eden Street, Riverside

Refreshments: Refreshments will be served at 6:45pm

Tamar Talks: 7:30pm, speaker details below.

Caroline Brown

Depending on which google profile you wished to pick for Caroline Brown, she could be anybody from a freelance writer to a wine maker from Brown Brothers. However instead, you will hear from somebody who is curious, willing to explore ideas and is motivated about service to others, the environment and community. Caroline has a diverse range of experience and/or qualifications in things such as climate change, water governance, state and natural resources, social impact assessments, regional development policy and financial planning. When not working in Government, in her cider business (Brady’s Lookout Cider) or volunteering, she likes to have fun by getting out into the open spaces.

Lee Adamson-Ringk

Lee Adamson-Ringk is a qualified Horticulturist and Environmental Scientist specialising in sustainable ecological management with a particular bent on landscape analysis and whole farm planning. Lee & husband Chris set up Tasmania’s first commercial Christmas Tree farm with beautifully pruned choose your own trees, as well as an independent Nursery, specialising in hardy, edible and unusual plants which are tough and suited to Tasmania’s climate. In a previous life, Lee was a Park Ranger, a Weeds Adviser and GIS Spatial Analyst specialising in the modelling of such issues as Salinity, Threatened Flora & Fauna, Forest Management, Invasive Weed Species and Hydrology.

The Autumn Event The Tamar Valley – Stories from the Land and River

The AUTUMN event is organised for Sunday 28th June 2015, 10.30am–3.00pm:
The Tamar Valley
“The Tamar Valley – Stories from the Land and River”
10.30am – 2.30pm
Rosevears Waterfront Tavern, 215 Rosevears Drive, Rosevears
$10 per head for lunch

RSVP: Wednesday 24th June 2015

An extract from our eTamar (April 2014 edition)
For you…a taste of what is to come this year and into 2015…
Two brilliant organisations have joined forces to present our community friends with four extraordinary events under the title: ‘Rural & Urban Women Linking Through the Seasons’. Two brilliant staffers…Amanda Bruce (aka ME) from Tamar Natural Resource Management and Alison Hugo from NRM North are organising two rural and two urban events during this year and into 2015 (we started a bit late!!).

Ragwort Raids 2015 – UPDATE

Distances covered were as follows:
East Tamar – 219 km or 438 km roadsides
West Tamar – 208 km or 408 km roadsides
Launceston – 154 km or 308 km roadsides
Frankford – 20 km or 40 km roadsides

Ragwort 2015 – report by John Thorp, Chair, Weeds Working Group

Our Co-ordinator, Jayne Shapter, continues to be an inspiration to the community having managed the Ragwort Raids for fourteen years – what an amazing effort on behalf of our organisation – THANK YOU JAYNE.

East Tamar – Saturday 17 January
West Tamar – Sunday 18 January
Blessington & Nunamara – Saturday 31 January

Walking the Gorge with Patsy Cameron

Walking the Gorge with Patsy Cameron – Thursday 29 January 2015

Event No. 3 completed – thank you to the thirty community walkers and especially to our special guest presenter, Patsy Cameron
Program – 29 January 2015
Our second urban event organised for SUMMER by Amanda and supported by Alison is:
Walking the Gorge with Patsy Cameron (event flyer)
Thursday 29 January 2015
9.30am – 12.00noon

Meet at the Duck Reach carpark

Event invitation flyers are being designed and will be sent out ASAP but remember to keep an eye on our website: www.tamarnrm.com.au/calendar and facebook page.

Fiesta on George – Saturday 18 October 2014
We were there in Yorktown Square with a table of our ‘goodies’ to share with the community. It was a wonderful day with everything happily working for everyone – the weather was good, next door stall holders were lovely to talk to, great viewing of what was happening, great coffee/tea/hot chocolate was there for the drinking.

Thank you to anyone who stopped and chatted to us – it was great to meet so many new people. Thank you, too, for our invitation from Urban Farming Tasmania (our contact was Bridgette) to come along and join the fiesta fun. We had a ball and have already hinted we would very much like to come next year.

What we could see standing behind our table…our fellow Fiesta-ees

 

Brunching with the Birds

Event No. 2 completed – thank you to our guest presenters, the community attendees and the birds of Trevallyn Reserve
Program – 27 September 2014
Our first urban event organised for SPRING by Amanda and supported by Alison is:
‘Brunch’-ing with the Birds (event flyer)
Saturday 27th September 2014
8.00am – 11.00am
Trevallyn Reserve (meet at ‘Hoo-Hoo’ hut)
Join Sarah Lloyd and Anna Povey for a walk with, listen to and spot the native birds
Must book as places are limited – RSVP: [email protected] or 6323-3310 by Monday 22nd September 2014