13 July 2017

NRM South News

Your monthly NRM update for Southern Tasmania

As we mark the passing of the winter solstice, we can at last look forward to getting a little more sunlight every day until the year's end. Most of us are in reporting mode here at the NRM South office, wrapping up on a range of projects that have been happening for the past year or more, and starting to put together stories for our annual report. We hope you're keeping warm wherever you are, and enjoying the best of what winter has to offer!

Celebrating Tasmania's seafood
(L-R): Anna Wind (Cradle Coast NRM), Belinda Yaxley (Petuna Aquaculture) and Nepelle Crane (NRM South) at the Seafood Awards dinner.

NRM South was proud to partner with NRM North and Cradle Coast NRM to sponsor the Environment Stewardship Award at the Tasmanian Seafood Awards on July 1 2017.

In recent years, we have had increasing engagement with the seafood industry and other waterway stakeholders, working across a broad range of projects, including sustainability planning, awareness and education, and on ground projects. Some key examples include collaboration on marine debris projects, improving biosecurity protocols and supporting conservation of marine species and habitat.

The Environment Stewardship Award is presented to an entity that has demonstrated 'leadership, commitment and innovation in developing and implementing an initiative that has contributed substantially towards improved environmental stewardship within the seafood industry; protected or rehabilitated aquatic environments, and reduced adverse seafood industry impacts on the environment'. Petuna Aquaculture was the winner of this award category due to their work to address a high priority issue for the salmon industry – reducing environmental impacts from hatchery operations. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees at this year's awards - for more information, visit our news page.

Rolling in it

NRM South are working with Tasmanian agronomist and author Graeme Stevenson to trial a new species of dung beetle (Bubas bison) in the biological control of animal manure over winter. This species has been successfully used in Victoria and WA and, while the 'blue bomber' (Geotrupes spiniger) is more commonly used in Tasmania, unlike B. bison it isn't active over winter.

Dung beetles play an important role on farms as they help distribute nutrients by moving manure into the soil and also eat the larvae of roundworms. While Australia does have native species of dung beetles, they prefer to eat marsupial droppings.

In May 2016, beetles were released at two sites in Mountain River (Huon Valley) and Levendale (Southern Midlands). A follow-up assessment in May 2017 was unable to confirm the presence of the beetles at either site, but additional surveys will be carried out after winter.

Making an impression
If you visit Impression Bay saltmarsh at Premaydena to take a look at the spectacular view and do a spot of birdwatching - you'll notice a shiny new sign has been installed which will give you a lot more insight into the value and importance of our wetlands.

Designed by Living Wetlands and building on the work of Vishnu Prahalad from UTAS to raise the profile of our saltmarshes, this sign was the brainchild of the Impression Bay Coastcare group and Tasman Council, with support from NRM South. The Parrdarrama Pungenna Aboriginal Community also provided input and wording for the acknowledgement of country on the sign.

This site is part of the Norfolk Bay 'fringing saltmarsh cluster' and, over the years, Tasman Council and Coastcare groups have done considerable work to rehabilitate the immediate coastal area through the removal of several types of weeds, as well as revegetation work. 

Supporting Aboriginal partnerships in NRM
The focus of NRM South’s most recent Aboriginal Engagement forum was to connect Aboriginal community members with local government NRM staff so they could discuss partnership opportunities for land management activities. Representatives from local Aboriginal businesses, pakana services and mina-nina Tourism engaged in some productive discussions with Parks and Wildlife Tasmania as well as Clarence City, Glenorchy, City of Hobart and Kingborough Councils. The day wrapped up with a guided walk in the Tasmanian flora section of Hobart's botanical gardens in the company of bush foods consultant and garden designer Kris Schaffer.

Updated Southern Tas weeds guide
Printed copies of our recently revised Weed Guide for Southern Tasmania are now available! The guide has been updated to include several newly declared weeds and identifies priority species in our rural and urban environments and how to tackle them. You can download the digital version from our website, or get a printed copy - available from selected local councils and native plant nurseries or via NRM South. Call 6221 6111 for more information.
Firewood - a burning issue
Did you know that Tasmanians are the highest per person consumer of firewood in Australia? Or that dead trees provide vital habitat for many of our native species? NRM South have recently developed a new web page to highlight and discuss several of the core questions surrounding firewood and what users should be mindful of when buying or collecting firewood. For more information, head to www.nrmsouth.org.au/firewood/

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.

Soil First Tasmania, the Victorian No Till Association and the three NRM regions will be presenting 'The Business of Soil' on July 20 at the Perth community centre. World class farmers will be discussing principles and practices to achieving healthy soil. RSVP to: admin@soilfirsttas.com.au or any of the NRM offices. For more information, click here.

CSIRO and the Dept. of the Environment and Energy have launched an online survey to learn more about how Australia’s biodiversity has been changing. To participate, you'll need to have insights of a piece of land spanning 10 years or more. Click here for more information.
The Tasmanian Cat Management Plan has just been released, representing the first comprehensive and collaborative approach to managing cats in Tasmania. The plan includes compulsory de-sexing and microchipping of all cats, and limits the number people can own per property. 

The third and final round of the National Landcare Programme's 20 Million Trees is inviting applications for grants of up to $100,000 for tree planting projects to restore threatened bushland and support threatened species across the country. To date, nearly $43 million has been committed nation wide, across 166 projects planting more than 13.4 million trees!
The Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards are now seeking nominations for categories including the EPA Sustainability Award for businesses, Fonterra Agriculture Award and the Wildcare Incorporated Environmental Volunteering Award.
Nominations close 23 August.

The 2017 Landcare Awards recognise the tireless efforts of the many volunteers and community groups involved in delivering positive sustainability and biodiversity outcomes in our region. Tassie nominations close on September 15 so you've got plenty of time to craft a winning nomination!
Held in Hobart from 18-20 October, the Private Land Conservation Conference Valuing Nature will provide the context to explore diverse aspects of value, from natural capital and ecosystem services, to community and cultural connections, and the inherent value of nature for its own sake. 

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NRM South is supported by funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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