Healthy Soils Discussion Group
Autumn 2020 Field Days:
Wednesday 29th April: 10am – 2pm Rosevale
Thursday 14th May: 9.30am – 12.30pm Pipers Brook
Thursday 13th August: 9.30am – 2pm Karoola – Pipers River
- Tasmanian soils and geology
- Drainage and drainage plans
- Soils sampling, testing and interpreting
- Microbiological soil testing
- Land capability resources
- Have your soil visually assessed
FOR REGISTRATION AND EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
We were delighted to have secured presenters Seona Findlay (Tas Agronomy Plus), Theresa Chapman (RMCG) and Dr. Bill Cotching for the 2020 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!
Want to know more?
Plastic Free July Launch
Sunday June 30 — 4-6pm
St John Craft Beer
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a few drinks and learn more about Plastic Free July. Meet the Plastic Free Launceston group, Adrift Lab team and local businesses getting behind the Plastic Free movement.
Plastic Free Launceston
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
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
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
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)
AUTUMN 2019 – “Naturally Yours”
Click Here for LINK (5MB)
If you would like a printed copy please get in touch.
Funding courtesy of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) will enable Tamar NRM to participate in a national pilot project looking at creating and maintaining healthy soils.
The Tamar Valley is to be one of eleven soils discussion groups supported through MLA funding, across New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.
It is anticipated that two discussion groups will meet 3 times in either spring 2019 or autumn 2020. Participants will use a range of new and existing approaches and products to assess and improve the condition of the soils on their farms.
This project will focus on getting back to the basics and highlighting to landholders that soils health is a first step rather than an afterthought and include:
- The role of soils in pasture renovation, nutrient testing and budgeting for better soils outcomes and ultimately improved production.
- Correcting soil fertility deficiencies and improving wet soils drainage.
- Based on the model of field based activities where producers visit farms and witness first-hand what works in the Tamar Valley.
- The project is to begin in spring 2019 and conclude in autumn 2020 with a shared event networking with other groups.
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST:
Healthy Soils Discussion Group:
FOR REGISTRATION AND EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Spring Field Days: Fri 9th August; Fri 16th August; Friday 23rd August 2019
Autumn 2020 Field Days: TBA.
We are delighted to have secured presenters Rob Moreton (DPIPWE), Theresa Chapman (RMCG) and Dr. Bill Cotching.
MLA Healthy Soils Guest Presenters:
MLA Healthy Soils bios only
Meeting of the George Town Coastal Communities Management Group at Hillwood Hall
Presentation: (open to the public)
“Tamar Valley Weeds and their impact”
When: Thursday, 4th April 2019 – 10.00 am – 12 noon
Where: Hillwood Memorial Hall, Jetty Road, Hillwood.
Morning Tea Provided
Link to Poster and further information
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
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]
Click on Poster for details
“Coasting in February”
Sunday 24th February 2019
From 9.00 am -3.00 pm
Showcase of community coastal works from Greens Beach to Bellingham.
Free BBQ – New volunteers welcome.
The George Town Coastal Management Group are holding an event to help recognise the valuable contribution the coastal communities continue to make in the George Town Council and Greens Beach Area.
The day will start at Low Head at 9.00 am and end at Weymouth around 3.00 pm, with a BBQ lunch (provided).
Link to POSTER & PROGRAM
We are please to have Parks & Wildlife and an expert in the important Saltmarsh vegetation community along:
Guest Speaker: Dr. Vishnu Prahalad is a researcher and lecturer at the Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania. He has worked on saltmarsh ecology and management in Tasmania for over ten years, closely collaborating with a range of government and non-government agencies and local groups. Vishnu’s publications include ‘a field guide to the plants of Tasmanian saltmarsh wetlands’, atlases for saltmarshes for all three regions of Tasmania and the ‘saltmarsh matters’ citizen science app and several other science communication materials.
RSVP (by 22nd Feb) to Tamar NRM – Phone 6323-3310
Email: [email protected]