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Sustainable & Productive Farming

Tamar NRM has a number of projects that support sustainable and productive farming.

  • Small Farm Roadmap Project
  • Farm Business Discussion Group
  • Carbon Neutral Farming Project
  • High Risk Grassy Weeds Project
  • Besom Heath Control Project
  • Biological Control Agents Project

We like to hear from landholders about ideas that can turn into projects.

Email your expression of interest, or an idea to:

tamarnrm@launceston.tas.gov.au

Did you miss the Trevallyn BioBlitz?

Catch up with posted photos . . .

https://www.facebook.com/TamarNRM15

What is a BioBlitz?

It is a festival of science in nature that will provide useful scientific data to land managers while also being fun, enjoyable and meaningful to the community. The Trevallyn BioBlitz was a collaboration between scientists, naturalists, students and the general community coming together to undertake a range of flora and fauna surveys.

The Trevallyn BioBlitz held 17 session over 2 days in early December, with 150 people attending!  So much to see, building community’s knowledge of, and skills in, the natural sciences and increasing community understanding of the importance of biodiversity and improving the connection to the local environment.

Photos from the Trevallyn Reserve BioBlitz. Thanks to all the community members that attended and special thanks to our survey leaders Anna Povey, Jo Lyall, Roy Skabo, Greg Lundstrom, QVMAG staff David Maynard, Simon Fearn, John Douglas and Gill Basnett.

BioBlitz Coordinator: Alison Hugo

2021 Ragwort Raids

Our signature events across the Tamar Valley the RAGWORT RAIDS have officially concluded, but we encourage those landholders who have this declared weed, to control it before it seeds. Our gratitude to the more than 50 volunteers willingly giving of their time to pull Ragwort on Roadsides over Jan/Feb 2021.

Our signature weeding event that is really making a difference in the Tamar Valley concluded in February.

Link to Final Report

East Tamar

Held Saturday 30th January

West Tamar

Held Sunday 31st January

Launceston

Held Wednesday 3rd February

From 9.00am to 12.00pm

Link to Poster

Contact Tamar NRM

Ph. 6323 3310 or Kay 0456 853 445

for information on this important Project

Tamar Valley Leaders’ Lunch

What: Tamar Valley Leaders’ Lunch

When: Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Time: 12 noon to 2pm

Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston, 29 Cameron Street Launceston

Guest speaker: Errol Stewart – local entrepreneur and developer, and Managing Director of Jackson Motor Company, speaking on: ‘Chance Your Arm – life and times in the Tamar Valley’.

Cost: $65, includes a 2-course lunch and a complimentary glass of wine

Tickets available at Launceston Tickets

Ticket sales close Friday 27th November 2020

This is a new event organised through a partnership between Tamar NRM, the Rotary Club of Central Launceston, the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, and the Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston.

We aim to bring together the ‘triple bottom line’ – environment, business, social engagement.

Please come along and support this event!

Link to poster

Enquires to

Nick Flittner

Tamar NRM

0409 343 669

Farms as Ecosystems – Matthew Evans

Wednesday, 25th November 2020

Tamar Room, Tailrace Centre, Trevallyn – 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Evening Presentation: from 6.30 featuring ‘Gourmet Farmer’ and small business owner Matthew Evans from Fat Pig Farm.

*  Biodiversity and Sustainable Farming

*  Biodiversity values

*  Living with nature

*  Small farms and the marketplace

*  Local Farm Case study

Cost $12.00 – Bookings Essential (Limited numbers)

Eventbrite Ticketing Link 

Supported by Tamar NRM’s Small Farms Roadmap Project, 3 Tamar Councils, Farmgate Festival organisers, Women in Agriculture and Transition Tamar.

Link to Poster

Tel: 6323-3310  email: tamarnrm@launceston.tas.gov.au

Event to comply with Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time.

Opportunity for Farms above 2ha: Building Biodiversity and Sustainable Farming Workshop with Matthew Evans – Afternoon of 25 November – 1.30 to 3.30 pm

LINK

Tamar NRM – Building Biodiversity and Sustainable Farming Workshop with Matthew Evans – Afternoon of 25 November

In addition to the 25th November “Farms as Ecosystems” evening presentation, Tamar NRM’s Small Farm Roadmap project is offering the opportunity for 20 producer properties to attend a free workshop with Matthew Evans.

From 1.30 to 3.30 pm selected landholders will share their building biodiversity and sustainable farming experiences and observations at a farm in the West Tamar.

What you need to do to have your farm selected:

The selection of the 20 farms will be merit based and you can enter by simply completing the Survey Monkey 7 question on-line form:

SURVEY LINK

Entries Close Monday 16th November, with the farms selected being notified before or on 18th November.

(also includes one free ticket to the “Farms as Ecosystems” presentation that night 6.30-8.30 pm).

Additional tickets available through “Eventbrite”.

Workshop Format:

Tamar NRM Building Biodiversity and Sustainable Farming Workshop

Wednesday, 25th November 2020 – 1.30-3.30.

1.00-1.30 pm    Tea and Coffee on arrival.

1.30 pm            Introduction to the Workshop; Safety, Covid-19 and Biosecurity procedures

1.40 pm            Matthew Evans and Host Farm owners (West Tamar Farm)

2.00 pm            Farm Walk and Talk (All)

2.45 pm            Farming experiences shared (Biodiverstiy and Sustainable Farming) (All)

3.30 pm            Finish

The workshop will be largely driven by questions and what you want to hear about.

6.30-8.30 pm “Farms as Ecosystems” presentation by Matthew Evans (One free Ticket supplied)

More information Tel: 6323-3310

email: tamarnrm@launceston.tas.gov.au

Beginning Food Gardening Workshop

Would you like to learn more about growing your own food at home, but don’t know where to start?

It doesn’t have to be expensive, time-consuming or hard!

Transition Tamar in partnership with Tamar NRM and West Tamar Council are excited to invite you along to the first of our “Beginning Food Gardening” workshops.

Learn:
• How to build a simple raised bed
• How to care for and grow healthy nutritious food for your family
• Which easy-care seedlings you can pant to fill your plates and start you

On Saturday 31 October 2020 at 9:00 AM

LOCATION

Windsor Community Garden
1 Windsor Drive, Riverside, TAS 7250

LINK TO POSTER

Bookings Essential

https://www.trybooking.com/BMEEE

Call 6323 9200 for more information

Trevallyn BioBlitz 2020

When: Friday December 4 & Saturday 5 December

Where: Village Green, Duck Reach Rd, Trevallyn

What is the Trevallyn BioBlitz?

It is a festival of science in nature that will provide useful scientific data to land managers while also being fun, enjoyable and meaningful to the community. The Trevallyn BioBlitz is a callaboration between scientists, naturalists, students and the general community coming together to undertake a range of flora and fauna surveys.

It will develop the community’s knowledge of, and skills in, the natural sciences and increase community understanding of the importance of biodiversity and improve connection to the local environment.

Who is the BioBlitz Team?

The program is coordinated by the Tamar NRM staff. We then have a wonderful team of knowledgeable locals that will lead the surveys including; Greg Lundstrom, Jo Lyall, Roy Skabo, Anna Povey, Simon Fearn, David Maynard and John Douglas. We also have a great team of volunteers from The Friends of Trevallyn Reserve that will provide support throughout the Blitz.

Day One Friday December 4th

Flora survey: 10.00am-11.00am

Insect & reptile survey: 10.00am-11.00am

Scat & Tracks survey: 10.00pm – 11.00am

Water bugs: 10.00am – 11.00am

Flora survey: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Insect & reptile survey: 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Night Stalk: 7.30pm – 9.00pm – meet at the cnr Reatta & Duck Reach Rds

Day two Saturday December 6th

Bird survey: 7.00am – 8.30am – meet at the cnr of Reatta & Duck Reach Rds

Water Bug survey: 9.30am – 10.30am

Flora Survey: 10.00am – 12.00am

Insect & Reptile survey: 10.00am -11.00am

Water bug survey: 12.00 – 1.00pm

Flora survey: 12.00 – 2.00pm

Insect & Reptile survey: 12.00 – 1.00pm

Scats & Tracks survey: 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Gorge Walk & Talk: 2.00pm – 3.30pm meet at the Gorge car park on the Trevallyn side

All other activities will begin at the BioBlitz Hub at the Village Green Duck Reach Road. (Hoo Hoo Hut area)

To register your interest in any surveys or walks please email your name, the activity, the date & time and a contact email and mobile number to tamarnrm@launceston.tas.gov.au.

Enquiries: Tamar NRM Project Coordinator Alison Hugo 0438 265 792

Thanks to our main sponsor the Federal Government Community Environment Program as funded through Bridget Archer’s Office

Link to poster: https://tamarnrm.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Bio-Blitz-Cropped-Poster.png

Catch it in the Catchment 2020

community clean-up of
kanamaluka / The Tamar Estuary
Monday 3rd to Sunday 8th November, 2020

In November, 2019 the inaugural “Catch it in the Catchment” clean-up event was held. The community got right behind this event cleaning up at 25 sites, with 300 participants, and 200 bags of rubbish collected.

This year we seek your help to keep our major waterway and surrounds free of rubbish.

The Week-long Event means more schools, community and sporting groups, and business can find a convenient time to spend just a few hours to participate.

More than just a clean-up.  The Catch it in the Catchment clean up provides an opportunity to highlight the important link between us in the catchment and our estuary. Let’s ‘catch’ litter (especially plastics) before it enters our estuary and makes its way to the sea.

Catch it in the Catchment – Aims and Objectives:
• To remove rubbish from the kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary, as it is detrimental to its ecological health, aesthetic value and economic potential
• To increase the communities’ understanding of the impact human activities and behaviours can have on the waterways in the Catchment.
• To offer a broad range of stakeholders an opportunity to participate in a positive community action as a way of responding to the problem of litter in the estuary.

Family and friends, school, community group and workplaces, are warmly invited to join this community clean up and help make a difference to our beautiful kanamaluka/ Tamar estuary.

Registration is easy Email or message us at: catchitinthecatchment@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/catchitinthecatchment

All we need is one contact person – others in your group can register on the day. or request to join a group. Additional information will be provided on registration.

LINK TO POSTER:https://tamarnrm.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Catch-it-in-the-CatchmentTamarNRM_Poster-1.pdf