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!
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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
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
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]
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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
Carr Villa, Trevally and SKEMPS had photos of cats (pets and feral)
Farmgate Festival is a premiere food and farming event in the Tamar Valley of northern Tasmania.
A selection of farmers and producers are opening their gates for the weekend, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2018, giving you the chance to go behind the scenes on the farm, meet the people who grow and make your food, and hear their stories.
Along with farmers and producers there are two amazing feasts on too. Bookings are essential for these.
Check out the Farmgate Flyer for more information. Tickets can be purchased from the Farmgate Webstie along with all the information. Some tours need to be prebooked!
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.
WHAT’S ON AT THE EXPO
This years Tamar Sustainable Living EXPO has four workshop and presentations spaces and with such a great lineup there something for eveyone!
Click on the times below to get all the details.
Tamar Valley Centre
- 9:30am – 10:00am: Tasmania as the world leader in securing a stable climate (Todd Houstein, Sustainable Living Tasmania)
- 10:00am – 11:00am: Solar Power: On-grid/off-grid? Batteries? Hot water? FAQs (Martin Dingemanse, MODE Electrical)
- 11:00am – 12:00pm: Healthy soils: The key to growing well (Theresa Chapman, RMCG and Dr Graeme Stevenson with MC Costa Georgiadis)
- 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Sustainable & Healthy Housing: Some important principles (Dr Mark Dewsbury, UTAS)
- 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Climate Leaders of Launceston (Launceston College & Scotch Oakburn College with MC Costa Georgiadis)
- 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Solar Power: On-grid or off-grid? Batteries? Hot water? FAQs (Martin Dingemanse MODE Electrical)
John Duncan Room (A)
- 9:30am – 10:00am: Electric vehicles and you: Why, when, what, and how? (Clive Attwater Aust. Electric Vehicle Association)
- 10:00am – 10:30am: Sustainability at UTAS (Dr Carmen Primo Perez, University of Tasmania)
- 10:30am – 11:00am: Oils ain’t oils – How can you run a car on fish and chip oil?! (Dr Scott Bell, Esmeralda Enterprises)
- 11:00am – 11:30am: How to be healthy in a toxic world (Joanne Roles, MiPassion)
- 11:30am – 12:00pm: Create your healthy happy lifestyle with pure essential oils (Kay Hamilton, Kay’s Essential Oils)
- 12:00pm – 12:30pm: From waste to wealth (Mark Love, Bootstrap Enterprises)
- 1:30pm – 2:00pm: How to get the most out of solar panels in Tasmania (Todd Houstein, Sustainable Living Tasmania)
- 2:00pm – 2:30pm: Sustainable waste plastics recycling and reprocessing in Tasmania (Michael Turner, Envorinex)
- 2:30pm – 3:00pm: Oils ain’t oil 0 How can you run a car on fish and chip oil?! (Dr Scott Bell, Esmeralda Enterprises)
- 3:00pm – 3:30pm: Why a Farmers’ Market? (Kim Hewitt, Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market)
John Duncan Room (B)
- 10:30am – 11:00am: Composting with kids (Costa Georgiadis, ABC TV)
- 11:30am – 12:30pm: Bikes & baggage: How to go car-free (Anna Povey with Malcolm and Vicky Cowan, Tamar Bicycle User Group)
- 1:00pm – 1:30pm: Practical soil testing (Theresa Chapman, RMCG)
- 2:00pm – 2:30pm: Compost and worms in the home (Damien Crompton, Permaculture Tasmania)
- 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Bikes & baggage: How to go car-free (Anna Povey with Malcolm and Vicky Cowan, Tamar Bicycle User Group)
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Thursday 6th September 2018, 6.00-7.00pm
West Tamar Council, Eden Street, Riverside (off street parking available)
Business to include:
- Confirmation of Previous Minutes
- Reports from the President, Treasurer, Program Coordinators, Auditors
- Appointment of Auditor
- Endorsement of Officers of the Association and
- Any Other Business.
Stay on for refreshments and a catch up after the AGM
Please RSVP by for catering purposes by Tuesday 4th September 2018