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George Town Coastal Communities Action Plan Meeting – 6th Sept

George Town Coastal Communities Action Plan Meeting

Come along to the meeting to hear what is happening in the region, contribute to the action plan, network over a BBQ and investigate the dune erosion at the mouth of Pipers River.

Where: Weymouth Hall, 18 Major Street, Weymouth (Note change of venue, look for the Tamar NRM Sandwich Board)

When: Tuesday, 6th September 2016

Time:  10.30 am to 12.30 pm (Followed by a BBQ Lunch and walk 1.00 to 1.45)

Who:  Progress Assns, Coastal community groups, individuals and groups interested in contributing to coastal action, Tamar NRM, George Town Council, Parks and Wildlife, DPIPWE, Tas Fire, other relevant agencies.

Click here for information on the plan

RSVPs appreciated

Phone: 03 6323 3310, Email:

The Australian Forest Growers National Conference – Early Bird Registrations 30th Aug

NRM, Landcare and farm forestry (on private land) align in the TAMAR Valley in October 2016

The Australian Forest Growers National Conference in Launceston, 23-26 October 2016, is much more than just about private forestry. Australian Forest Growers (AFG) champions the role of trees in Natural Resource Management (NRM) as a mix of income generating activities which build biodiversity on farms.  Most conference delegates, being farmers, agree this just makes sense.

This conference offers land owners/managers an opportunity to pursue a strong ‘Environment & Sustainability’ stream. There are eight tours to choose from two of which are: (1) NRM, Landcare and forestry activities in the Tamar Valley – a microcosm of the successful integration of viable and sustainable land management practices and (2) the ambitious 6,000ha forest restoration project on farms in the Midlands – reflective of challenges across other parts of the state.

The nation’s best farm foresters, vying for the title of the National Tree Farmer of the Year Award, will share their stories at the conference dinner.

In addition to 44 conference speakers, three ‘hands-on’ Grower Workshops encourage delegates to discuss experiences of arguably some of the nation’s leading private forest owners – including a fair share from Tasmania.

The full Conference program is at: and delegates are encouraged to register before the early bird closes on 30 August 2016.

Arthur Lyons

Conference Convenor

0419 000 630

Interested in Sustainable Agriculture?

Interested in Sustainable Agriculture?

Come to a meeting in Launceston with Senior Researcher AgLaw Centre University of New England, Dr. Jacqueline Williams.

When: Thursday 11th August, 2016

Where: Newstead Hotel (The Meeting Room)

160 Elphin Road, Newstead 7250

Meeting Time: 3.30-5.30 pm

Continue the Discussion over a meal (5.30 – 7.30 pm) (buy your own meal). Pub meal prices including Pizzas. Advise if you are staying for the meal.

The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss Tamar Valley being involved in:

  • Collaborative research
  • Host a trial site or sites
  • Help shape the Sustainable agriculture framework and standard
  • See what the Symposium has to offer

Recently Jacky visited a number of Law Schools in China where we held a number of small conferences on agri-food governance and the China Australia Free Trade Agreement.

We are sure Jacky will be able to explain how she sees the Tamar Valley participating in this exciting initiative and local input and direction from people from the Tamar Valley will be vital

Jacky is a past executive officer of Tamar NRM and was involved in many Tamar Projects including the ROOFS Project (Regional Outcomes On-Farm Sustainability) in 2007 which had a focus of on-farm environmental services delivered by Tamar Valley farmers.

RSVP: to Greg by 9th August 2016 – Mob 0438 642 112


Employment Opportunity – Administation

Tamar NRM Emplyment Opportunity

Project Administration Assistant

Tamar NRM requires the services of a Project Administration Assistant to provide administrative support to ensure the efficient delivery of its natural resource management activities. The position is a 15 hour per week vacancy for a period of four months, with possibility of extension, commencing Early August, 2016. A fixed term contract will be offered to the successful candidate.

The role of the Project Administration Assistant will be to support the Program Coordinators and Management Committee through a variety of tasks related to organisation and communication. The administration job scope includes communicating via phone and email, ensuring that all administrative assistant duties are completed accurately and delivered with high quality and in a timely manner.

Position Description and details can be found here.

or contact Gill Basnett on (03) 6323 3310; Mob. 0438 265 792.

Close of Applications: COB Friday, 5hAugust, 2016 (Addressing the selection criteria (maximum of 3 pages) and including a resume).

Note:  Tamar NRM reserves the right to extend the application closing date and readvertise without notice.

Tamar NRM 20 Million Trees Project Launch

You’re invited to the official launch of the

“Tamar Valley Rural Biodiversity and Landscape Learning Project”

(20 Million Trees Program)

To be formally launched by His Worship Mayor Alderman  Albert van Zetten, Launceston City Council

Where: Poplar Parade, Youngtown Regional Park (200 m south of Poplar Parade/Opossum Road junction)

When:    Friday 29th July, at 11.00 am (Planting off Alma Street from 9.30 am)

See full details and Location Map here.

RSVP by 27th July, 2016:                        Phone: 03 6323-3310

Mobile: Greg 0438 642 112; Gill 0438 265 792



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Draft Cat Mangement Plan Submission

Tamar NRM and SCCET Draft Cat Mangement Plan Submission

Tamar NRM along with other members of the Statewide Community Cat Eradication Taskforce (SCCET) submitted a response to the Draft Cat Management Plan. A quick overview of points is below otherwise click here for the full submission.

Quick overview:

The new plan takes a big step forward from the existing Cat Management Act (2009).

Tamar NRM supports the move towards being “responsible for a cat” not just a “cat owner” with: compulsory de-sexing (at an earlier age) and microchipping of cats; confining cats to premises to prevent nuisance and roaming cats and limiting the number of cats allowed at a property (although Tamar NRM feels this number should be 2-3 not 3-5).

Arrangements supporting landholders to undertake cat management actions have been improved through: removing the “proximity to nearest residence” requirements for primary producers, managers of “prescribed land” and cat prohibited areas.

Eradication should be the ultimate goal despite the difficulties and improbabilities of this being achieved. If we don’t aim high, we will fall well short.

  • Community, volunteer and NRM groups need to be involved in all aspects of the plan. This is something the State Government states is important, but it appears to be lacking within the draft plan.
  • The language used in the performance indicators and actions is extremely vague. There needs to be measurable Key Performance Indicators and baselines in order for actions to be successful.
  • Clarity in the roles played by state and local governments, land managers, community and other key stakeholders is vital, but also, how this is going to be funded?
  • There is already a lot of research of the impacts of cats. This should not be a reason to stop action and funding to cat management activities now.