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Myrtle Rust – DPIPWE Call for Help to ID Myrtle Rust

Myrtle rust is continuing to be detected in home gardens in the wider Burnie area since it was first detected in February 2015. Biosecurity Tasmania is continuing with its statewide emergency response program in an attempt to eradicate Myrtle rust, before it becomes established and poses a serious risk to the health of Tasmania’s native bushland.

Myrtle rust has distinctive yellow pustules (see DPIPWE Factsheet ) that contain spores which can be easily spread by wind, insects, animals and people onto nearby host plants, including native bushland, at particular risk may be species in the Myrtaceae family.

Lophomyrtus plants are the key carriers of Myrtle rust and Biosecurity Tasmania needs to inspect these plants in home gardens (with your permission) for signs of disease.

You can help by simply letting DPIPWE know if you have Lophomyrtus plants on your property. The most common Lophomyrtus varieties found in Tasmanian gardens are: Black Stallion (varying from burgundy to green/brown leaves); Red Dragon (reddish leaves); or Rainbows End (pink and cream variegated leaves).

For more information visit the DPIPWE website at:

Myrtle Rust Hotline (03) 6165 3785


Christopher Strong Natural Resource Management Fellowship 2015

Christopher Strong Natural Resource Management Fellowship 2015 . . . . . .

The fellowship 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 Natural Resource Management.

2015 Recipients:  Lochlan Skinner & Liam Scanlan


Project: “Coastal Stability of the Weymouth area”.

Lochlan Skinner’s project built on past research work he had done on the Weymouth/Bellingham coastal region with supervisor Joanne Ellison (coastal geomorphology UTAS).

Lochlan presented his findings to the George Town Coastal Community on 7th February 2016.

Lochlan’s final report can be found at:

Lochlan Skinner, 2015 – Assessing and maintaining the coastal stability of Weymouth Beach, Tasmania

Project: “Assessing vulnerability of salt marshes to impacts of sea level rise in the Tamar Estuary, Tasmania: Report to Tamar NRM”

Liam Scanlan’s project focused on identifying areas for managed retreat of saltmarsh wetlands using sea-level rise and inundation projection maps, and also highlighting increased pressure from invasive species.

Liam’s final report can be accessed at:

Do you know someone who would qualify for a fellowship?

The Fellowship is open to any individual/school/community group undertaking a project in a Rural or Urban area.

  1. a) Rural – Improvement of sustainable agriculture through research, trials and experiments OR improvement and/or maintenance of local ecosystem(s);
  2. b) Urban – Improvement of sustainable living OR improvement and/or maintenance of local ecosystem(s).

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

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


Applications will be judged on the following:

  • Must be managed and relate to the Tamar Region;
  • Must emphasise improvement in either a rural or urban area(s);
  • Must be completed within twelve months on receipt of funds.

Next Round Opens: 1st February 2016

Closes: 31st March 2016

NRM Volunteer Celebration Event Dec 4th

Come help us celebrate our volunteers

Tamar NRM and NRM North would like to celebrate and thank all the volunteers that have helped us (and other organisations) out over the year. All are welcome.

NRM Volunteer Celebration event

NRM Volunteer Celebration event

Highlights include:

  • Jayne Shapter – West Tamar Landcare & State Landcare Winner
  • Carol Bracken – Tamar Valley Hazelnuts & State Rural Women’s winner
  • Robyn Barnet- Mark your Mark Tamar River Art Project
  • Walk and talk through the Tasmanian Native Gardens with Tony Roberts
  • Launch of the NRM North photographic display
  • Afternoon tea provided

When: Friday December 4th

Time: 1.30 pm—3.30 pm

Where: Windsor Precinct Riverside

RSVP: Wednesday 2nd Dec. 6333 7777 or

Enquiries: Alison Hugo 6333 7788 / 0448 384 681


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

Revegetation & Painting Our Trailer in Youngtown Regional Park – 2012

In 2012 Tamar NRM and Youngtown Primary School once again joined forces to plant 250 native trees in Youngtown Regional Park. The students also had an opportunity to paint two sides of the Tamar NRM trailer. Our trailer is loaned to community groups to work on their own projects so it was given a much needed ‘colourful and happy face lift’.

The students were divided into two teams – A&B. Team A painted one side (photo 2) and Team B painted the other side (photo 3). Although the original design was there to copy, both teams put their own very distinctive interpretation onto the trailer sides – they were very imaginative and a lot of fun. They also planted 500 natives (photos 1 and 4).

Tamar NRM was again privileged to have this project funded by Jemena (now known as Zinfra) located in Hobart Road, Youngtown. This company has twice worked on something Tamar NRM holds dear to our hearts – the environment.

Our organisation has had the opportunity for students from Youngtown Primary School to be involved with our projects in 2010 and 2012. They have come along to our field days with enthusiasm about what they are doing – they also have young knee caps for bending and planting!

If you have time and are driving or walking past Youngtown Regional Park, go and have a look at the wonderful achievement by the students from Youngtown Primary School.

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Read the media release associated with our project:
Students Paint a Trailer and Colour their World – 26 March 2012

Revegetation at Youngtown Regional Park – 2010

This project was managed by Tamar NRM in conjunction with Launceston City Council’s Parks & Recreation Department and funded by Jemena. Tamar NRM invited Youngtown Primary School to be involved – Class 3/4 Brady + their teacher. As well there was a small group from the National Green Jobs Corp. All these groups joined forces to complete the planting of 2,500 natives on sites at the Youngtown Regional Park in Youngtown. It was a community venture and by working together it has improved an area needing environmental support.

The natives planted at the Youngtown Regional Park will have the following long term results:
– provide important habitat and wildlife corridors for native fauna species;
– increase the biodiversity of the area;
– redress erosional issues occurring on the slope;
– enhance the skyline in the higher sections of the park;
– create a link between the Youngtown Regional Park and the community.


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