Tamar NRM

The Christopher Strong Sustainability Grant recognises the vision, passion and appreciation Christopher Strong had for the natural world. It respects and values his significant contributions to the management of our resources with his dedication and tireless contribution to Tamar NRM. The Fellowship is open to any individual/school/community group undertaking a project in a Rural or Urban area.

Funding allocated for a project is up to $1,500.

(to be used for associated project costs and expenses only)

Applications will be judged on the following:

  • The project’s contribution to sustainability in a rural or urban area(s);
  • The project’s relevance to the Tamar Region;
  • Verbal references provided by referees of short-listed candidates; and
  • The project must be completed within twelve months of receipt of funds. 

Next Round Opens: TBA

Applications to Tamar NRM


2020 Recipient: Exeter Child Care Centre  (“Wilding the Garden”)

2019 Recipient: Punchbowl Primary School (“Enhancement of habitat gardens and nature based play space”)

2018 Recipient: Kathryn Pugh (“Litoria raniformis (Green and Gold Frog) in Launceston’s urban wetlands”)

2017 Recipient: Matthew Tedford (Project entitled “Revisiting the Fluvial Geomorphology of Pipers River, With Rehabilitation Outcomes”)

2016 Recipient: John and Katrina Kelly (Poa for the Planet & Ponies Project)

2015 Recipients: Lochlan Skinner & Liam Scanlon

Christopher Strong – his life and times

Christopher Strong was born in England in 1932, educated at Sherbourne School and graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Geography. His experiences in Berkshire during the Second World War were the basis of a commitment to service which characterised the rest of his life. Always seeking new adventures and experiences, he studied, worked and travelled in Britain, USA, Canada, Africa, Australia and SE Asia.

Sara and Christopher
Sara and Christopher Strong with friends

In 1981 he settled in Tasmania with his family holding the position of Headmaster at Launceston Church Grammar School for thirteen years. During this time he developed a deep attachment to the environment becoming a passionate advocate for sustainable land use practices and the maintenance of biodiversity. Retiring to his farm at Lilydale (NE Tasmania) provided a base for local and international activities with the World Education Forum, Tasmanian Sustainable Development Advisory Council, Landcare and natural resource management groups.

Ian and Christopher
Ian Sauer (left) presenting Christopher Strong with his Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation (2006)

He always advocated the concept of “think globally and act locally” and firmly believed the world could be changed by the power of education. He died of cancer in 2008 whilst still active in all the fields which interested and concerned him with a strong sense of how much more he still wanted to achieve.