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
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.
Over 130 kilometres of mesh netting was used in
building the feral-proof fence
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.
Warlpiri Newhaven Rangers during the early stages
of the fence build
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
AWC Newhaven Warlpiri Rangers, Christine and Benedict,
after successfully tracking a feral cat
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
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.
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
$100 will purchase two cage traps to assist with
$250 will support the AWC team, including Newhaven Warlpiri
Rangers, to clear almost 10 hectares of feral cats, foxes and
$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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Phone: (03) 6232 7395
Suite 2, Tech 3
Dowsing Point 7010
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.
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.
credit Adam Selwood
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
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)
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.
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
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
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
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.