Welcome to the February edition of NRM Snapshot. This edition features myrtle rust alert, poppy trials, earth hour, saltmarsh booklet, events and grants available across the region…. See the online newsletter here
Green Army Success
A helping hand for Southern Tasmania NRM South and Landcare Tasmania were successful in a joint submission to Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Green Army programme. This opportunity will provide a helping hand to community groups undertaking on-ground works from June 2015 to December 2016. An EOI to request Green Army team support for projects will be available to the community soon. Landcare Tasmania and NRM South are proud to deliver this joint project.
Applications are also open for Round 3 of the Green Army Programme closing 17 March http://www.environment.gov.au/land/green-army/projects. Read more about the regional Green Army project here.
Have your say on the TWWHA Management Plan
If your work or recreation takes you into the Tasmanian World Wilderness Heritage Area (TWWHA) you may like to know more about the Draft Management Plan. A consultation period is open until 5pm 22 March. A public session will be held in Hobart on 3 March.
To download the plan and find out more about the process. Read more here.
Myrtle Rust, a major biosecurity threat to Tasmania has been found in some locations in the state (north and south). It’s important to know what the rust looks like, and check for signs in your area. Myrtle Rust affects plants of the Myrtaceae family (Myrtle rust pictured above). More details, including photos of the rust to assist identification and how to report suspected outbreaks, is detailed here
Naturally Inspired Grant Round 8 is currently open and closes on 15 March.These grants are open to community groups, schools not for profits and landholders/farming entities in Southern Tasmania. Contact your local NRM facilitator or NRM South for help with your application.
Application forms and guidelines for the grants are here
Our very own CEO Donald Coventry can now be found with a regular spot in the Mercury. He provides his insight into the future of NRM, talks about innovation and also shares some of his own interests and expertise in the energy space. Get to know Donald in print. Read the inaugural published article here
This joint initiative with farmers, NRM South, Dairy Tasmania, Derwent Catchment NRM Committee, TasWater and State and Federal Governments aims to ensure environmental sustainability underpins the expanding Dairy industry.
More on this project here
With the help of an NRM South Public Benefit grant last year, farmer Jim Allwright trialled biofumigants on his poppy fields with his own resources and the support of partners Derwent Catchment NRM Committee and Serve-Ag.
More on the progress of this innovative venture here
A report on this unique Ramsar site is now available for visitors, locals and producers in and around Moulting Lagoon. Thanks to the partners for their contribution to this summary of one of Tasmania’s ten internationally significant wetlands.
Hard copies available from Glamorgan Spring Bay Council or download a copy of the report here
Raisin temperatures and more egg-streme weather events are threatening Aussie farms. But don’t feel beet, or bleu! There’s still a shallot you can do. This year, Earth Hour Australia is shining a light on a really important issue that’s affecting us all.
Watch this clever campaign here and chip in to support Earth Hour on 28 March.
This new farm business management manual is a significant investment by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to assist farmers with their business skills. This is an exciting project as there is both a traditional manual and an eBook version of the manual, which will be available soon online. The manual is available here.
A partnership with Vishnu Prahalad from UTAS and NRM North has resulted in a Saltmarsh identification booklet which supports our unique EPBC Saltmarsh vegetation and is available for purchase. NRM South will be running training for volunteers in saltmarsh monitoring with Vishnu later this year. If you would like to purchase your copy, contact Vishnu by email
The Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority, with funding from the Federal Government’s Local Government Reform Fund, has appointed an independent panel to work through the issue of what would be the best structure for local government in Southern Tasmania in the future.
Read the report here
Want flocks of people to your events? NRM South can help attract the community to your events in the region. Send us NRM related events and we can promote via social media and our Monthly NRM Snapshot enews Email us your complete event details including a link to a flyer or website. Events in the region are listed at the bottom of each enews.
Events & Grants
1 March – Clean Up Australia Day
13 March – Little Penguin Conference, Bicheno
15 March – Love Living Locally Festival, Kingborough
15 March – Naturally Inspired grants closes
21 March – Bream Creek Show, Bream Creek
22 March – Small Farm Expo, Huon
28 March – Hamilton Show, Hamilton