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!
Anna Wind (Cradle Coast NRM), Belinda Yaxley (Petuna Aquaculture) and
Nepelle Crane (NRM South) at the Seafood Awards dinner.
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
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.
partnerships in NRM
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
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
- 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/
DESKTOP WALLPAPER FOR
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
TheTasmanian Cat Management Planhas 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
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.
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.