13 April 2018

Aust Wildlife Conservancy


BREAKING NEWS: World's longest feral cat-proof fence completed at Newhaven.
Newhaven Fence

BREAKING NEWS: World's longest cat-proof fence completed at Newhaven
I am pleased to advise that Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) has completed construction of the world’s longest feral-cat proof fence at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary in central Australia.
Completion of the fence is a critical step in establishing an initial feral predator-free area of 9,390 hectares. This will be the largest cat-free area on mainland Australia. Covering a diversity of habitats ranging from spectacular quartzite ranges through to rich spinifex sandplains, this feral-free area will deliver a substantial increase in the population of at least 11 nationally threatened mammal species.
Newhaven Fence
Over 130 kilometres of mesh netting was used in building the feral-proof fence
Mala
The Mala survives only in feral cat-free areas
Construction of the 44 kilometre fence has been a massive undertaking – it involved installation of over 8,500 fence pickets, rolling out 400 kilometres of plain wire and 130 kilometres of mesh netting, and the application of over 1 million fence clips.
Newhaven Fence
Warlpiri Newhaven Rangers during the early stages of the fence build
Mala
Rolling out the netting for the lower section of fence and skirt
The next step: removing feral cats, foxes and rabbits
Across Australia, feral cats kill millions of native animals every night. Cats and foxes are the primary reason why Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world.
The next step at Newhaven is to remove feral cats and foxes from within the 9,390 hectare area surrounded by the fence. AWC’s Newhaven Warlpiri Rangers bring a unique set of skills to this task – they are among the best cat trackers in Australia.
Already, over 60 feral cats have been removed from within and around the fenced area (see map). Our aim is to remove all feral cats and foxes, and reduce rabbit numbers to insignificant levels, before the end of 2018.
Newhaven Fence
AWC Newhaven Warlpiri Rangers, Christine and Benedict, after successfully tracking a feral cat
Different methods of feral cat control

Preparing for the return of threatened mammals
The AWC science team is preparing to undertake the largest threatened mammal translocation project in Australian history – the reintroduction to Newhaven of at least 10 threatened mammals which have become regionally extinct.
  • A small population of Mala (Rufous Hare-wallaby) has already been reintroduced to a special purpose 143 hectare area at Newhaven.
  • An additional translocation of Mala will happen in the next two months, highlighting the importance of the Newhaven project in saving this species from extinction.
  • Priority translocations in 2019 include the Bilby, the Burrowing Bettong and the Golden Bandicoot.
Newhaven Fence
The Mala is the first of 10 threatened mammals to be reintroduced at Newhaven
Please help restore the lost mammals of central Australia
Thank you to all of our supporters who have already donated in support of the Newhaven project. If you haven’t yet made a tax deductible donation, or if you are in a position to make an additional gift, we hope you will consider making a donation to support the critical next steps at Newhaven:
  • $100 will purchase two cage traps to assist with translocations. 
  • $250 will support the AWC team, including Newhaven Warlpiri Rangers, to clear almost 10 hectares of feral cats, foxes and rabbits.
  • $500 will purchase two radio-tracking tags to help monitor reintroduced wildlife.
Thank you for your generous support. I look forward to providing further updates on progress at Newhaven during the year.
Yours sincerely
AF
Atticus Fleming
Chief Executive

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Tas Community Fund






Ulverstone Forum
Community groups are invited to attend a free forum hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund Board in Ulverstone from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Thursday, 5 April 2018. The forum will be held at the Ulverstone Surf Life Saving Club, Beach Road, Ulverstone.
Come along to hear how you can maximise your chances of receiving a grant.
To attend the forum, please email admin@tascomfund.org or phone 6232 7395 to rsvp.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is responsible for the State collection of arts, natural sciences and cultural material. It researches and exhibits this collection, often in conjunction with community stakeholders, and presents issues of significance to Tasmanian and interstate/overseas visitors. TMAG is the second oldest museum in Australia, and has for over 150 years, kept the stories of Tasmania alive.
2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Black Tuesday bushfires. With support from the Tasmanian Community Fund, State Government, the Tasmanian Fire Service, Clarence City Council and business and community supporters, TMAG were able to produce the major exhibition and public program One Hell of an Inferno: the 1967 Tasmanian Bushfires. More ...

Round 36
The Tasmanian Community Fund received 63 small applications in grant round 36 requesting over $752 000.  Tasmanian Community Fund staff are currently pre-eligibility checking these applications.
The Tasmanian Community Fund received 18 large stage 1 program applications focused on increasing workforce engagement in grant round 36. 
Medium applications for Round 36 close at 5pm on 5 April 2018.
Round 37 (small, medium and large infrastructure/equipment/assets only) of the Tasmanian Community Fund will open on 21 July 2018.

Happy Easter from the Tasmanian Community Fund Board and Staff
The Tasmanian Community Fund Board and staff wish you a happy Easter.
The Tasmanian Community Fund Office will be closed from 5.00pm on Thursday, 29 March 2018.  The office will reopen at 9.00am on Wednesday, 4 April 2018.

NRM South


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A change of season brings some changes to report at NRM South. Keep up to date with all the latest NRM happenings from around southern Tasmania in our latest newsletter.

Congratulations to the Bush Care volunteers and contractors who have achieved a rare success - the near-complete eradication of Australia's only known infestation of Daphne laurel!
This toxic and invasive arrival has already caused significant problems in other cool temperate regions around the world, colonising understorey vegetation and forming a dense monoculture. So it was bad news to discover that it was making itself at home across a number of back yards in the South Hobart suburb of Fern Tree.
However, with the help of 30 dedicated volunteers who spent over 250 hours mapping and weeding this unwelcome arrival - and funding from an NRM South 'Naturally Inspired' grant - nearly 100% of the infestation has now been mapped and removed.
With the first phase complete, volunteers won't be resting on their laurels either. Careful monitoring and follow-up are key to ensuring that no plants were missed and that emerging seedlings won't have a chance to gain a foothold. We're looking forward to hearing future updates - and if you do spot a suspect plant, get in touch with Hobart City Bushcare.

 


Wombat mange is a disease caused by a parasitic mite than can result in the death of individuals if left untreated. Bayview Bush Babies, a dedicated group of wildlife carers from Tasmania's East Coast, received a Naturally Inspired Round 10 grant to help develop a new, natural remedy specifically formulated to treat this condition, as well as support to build new enclosures for recovering wombats. The enclosures are now complete and we look forward to bringing you updates on the project as it progresses!


Working together to protect the biodiversity, health and productivity of Tasmania's most popular waterway, the D'Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration will once again be organising a series of beach clean-ups on Bruny Island and in the Huon Valley.
These collaborative events bring together volunteers from industry, government and the NRM sector and, over the past two years, have removed over 40 cubic metres of debris from the waterway.
We're looking forward to another successful clean-up next month -  stay tuned for updates!


Tranmere Clarence Plains Landcare and Coastcare recently installed a saltmarsh interpretation sign at Clarence Plains Rivulet Saltmarsh. The development and installation of this sign was made possible through a grant from NRM South and it can be found just off the walking track between Duntroon Drive, Rokeby, and Droughty Point Road. Starting on the south side of the bridge on Droughty Point Road, this track offers a pleasant 30 minute walk, taking in all the delights of the saltmarsh.



Working together to protect a sanctuary
Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, with the support of NRM South, has a long history of developing shorebird education activities and implementing works to protect habitat in their region, which is vital to protect critical habitat in 'Important Bird Areas' such as the Orford Bird Sanctuary - home to 1.5% of Australia's known breeding population of Fairy Terns. Find out more about the site and GSB council activities on our news page.



Don't be a Jeff!
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources recently released launched a community-focused biosecurity webpage and series of animated videos entitled ’Don’t be a Jeff’, which aims to engage the public on what biosecurity is, why it matters and what their role is in the system. The videos follow the story of a well-intentioned but hapless character, Jeff, in scenarios that compromise biosecurity.  While we're sure there are a lot of sensible Jeff's out there as well, you can take a look at the webpage and videos here.



Image credit Adam Selwood
Staff departures and new arrivals
NRM South is going through a period of transition as we wrap up our current projects under Phase 1 of the National Landcare Program (2015-18) and await confirmation of Phase 2 (2018-2023).  During this period there have been some staff departures and several new acting and support roles created to bridge the gap until we have a clearer idea of the new program structure.

Recently, NRM Planning and Knowledge Manager Luke Diddams and Operations and Community Engagement Manager Keith Davis moved on to new positions. We wish them both the best in their new roles and would like to thank them for their contributions, particularly in working with the NRM South team to prepare our tender for NLP2.

Our interim staffing structure until 30 June:
Nepelle Crane, who has been overseeing our Catchment and Coasts program, has moved into a management position to work with the Project Services team to complete, report on and evaluate NLP Phase 1 (NLP1) and to help the organisation transition into NLP Phase 2 (NLP2). The Project Services team have been finalising projects and have started reporting and an evaluation of our seven Sub-Programs over the last three years. Ruth Osborne is providing support in the completion of our biodiversity activities and leading our community engagement, Maudie Brown is providing support in the completion of our biosecurity activities, GIS and leading our sustainable firewood project, and Holly Hansen is leading the completion of our Sustainable Agriculture and Regional Landcare Facilitator (agriculture) program.

Tim Ackroyd has been our Regional Facilitator for the Huon Valley over the past five years, in a co-hosted position with the Huon Valley Council, and has now joined the Hobart NRM South office in a full time NRM Project Officer role. Part-time support roles are being filled by Belinda Yaxley (Waterways and Coastal Project Officer), Amelia Fowles (D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration Project Officer), while Kim Willing and Mel Fazackerley are providing support in our Aboriginal projects and engagement with communities. We are thankful to also have Richard Ingram with us a for a short time, filling a part-time role as Acting Manager to support NRM South's transition to NLP2.

For our current staff list, please refer to our staff contacts page.

What does NLP2 mean for us?
NRM South receives the majority of our funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program (NLP), which invested $1 billion nationally from 2014-2018.

Phase 2 of the NLP will see an additional $1 billion investment from July 2018 until June 2023, including a $450 million investment in Regional Land Partnerships, delivering national landcare priorities at a regional and local level.

In response to the Australian Government's recent competitive tender process for service providers to deliver natural resource management services in each of Australia's 56 NRM regions, NRM South submitted a comprehensive and exciting bid to deliver core engagement services as well as priority action projects in our region. Our project proposals were aligned with Government priorities, and focused on six long-term outcomes:
  • The ecological character of Ramsar sites is maintained or improved
  • The trajectory of species targeted under the Threatened Species Strategy, and other EPBC Act priority species, is improved.
  • The natural heritage of Outstanding Universal Value of World Heritage properties is maintained or improved.
  • The condition of EPBC Act listed Threatened Ecological Communities is improved.
  • The conditions of soil, biodiversity and vegetation are improved.
  • Agriculture systems have adapted to significant changes in climate and market demands.
Submissions are being reviewed by the Australian Government over the coming weeks and we expect to have updates about the shape and scope of future project activities available soon.

For further information on the NLP2, visit their website.


DESKTOP WALLPAPER FOR APRIL
Keep track of your year with our monthly desktop wallpaper backgrounds featuring scenes from around Southern Tasmania. Click on the image to access the full res version for your own calendar desktop background, care of NRM South.


The 2018 National Landcare Conference and Awards will be held from 10 – 12 October 2018 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. It’s a fantastic opportunity to gather with the Landcare community and hear about the inspiring work that’s being done across our country. Sign up to the 2018 National Landcare Conference & Awards Newsletter to get conference updates.

The Overwintering Project will be holding an exhibition in Tasmania at the Moonah Arts Centre from the Oct. 18 - Nov. 10 2018, opening Friday 26 October 2018. Get creative and contribute to this exhibition that seeks to raise awareness for our migratory shorebirds and their habitat by inviting artists to help make them visible.

Deadline for submission of Overwintering Portfolio Prints: August 1 2018


Could there be fewer than 1000 Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles in the world? Help find out. A great new citizen science initiative has launched to survey the numbers of Wedge-tailed Eagles in Tasmania. Keep your eagle-eyes on the skies on May 25, 26 &/or 27 to help with this survey. Find out more here.

Australia's National Soil Advocate and founder and chair of Soils for Life, Major General Michael Jeffery, has released his third soils report titled 'Restore the Soil: Prosper the Nation'. It offers a series of recommendations aimed at properly integrating the management of our key soil, water and plant assets, fundamental to maximising agricultural productivity and prosperity. To view the full report, summary and major recommendations, click here.



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