Landcare Tasmania’s Coal River Valley Field Day: Tackling Landcare Issues in a Production Landscape

Landcare Tasmania has partnered with the Tasmanian Government to deliver a significant portion of the $2 million Landcare Action Grants. We will launch Round 3 with a Field Day in the Coal River Valley. The day will focus on strategies for dealing with agricultural issues that are impacting this high production landscape.

The Field Day will open with an address from Minister for Primary Industries and Water Guy Barnett.  We will then hear from weed specialist Oliver Strutt who will talk about strategies for combating serrated tussock, Chilean needle grass and other agricultural weeds. Mr Strutt is undertaking a weed management plan for the Coal River Products Association as part of the Weed Action Fund.

Next up we will learn from experienced cat management contractor John Bowden who will give a demonstration on how to use cat traps properly and effectively.

After lunch, dung beetle enthusiast and consultant Andrew Doube will talk about the benefits of dung beetles and the trial of a new dung beetle species that has been released in Tasmania as part of a national dung beetle project.

To finish off the jam-packed day, well-loved author and regenerative agriculturalist Rachael Treasure will share the hardwork and efforts that go into turning their degraded farm into a brilliant showcase of holistic agriculture. Their farm location is a vantage point for the local area that overlooks numerous agricultural land-uses such as vineyards, cropping and grazing properties.

Date: 21st of April 2021

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Mt Pleasant Radio Astronomy Observatory at the University of Tasmania Farm, Denholms Road, Cambridge 7170


Parking is available all day at the Observatory. After lunch, we will take a bus to Ripple Farm near Richmond. The bus will arrive back at the Observatory at 15:00.

Transport from Hobart will be provided by a bus service, leaving Marieville Esplanade at 9:00 and Kangaroo Bay Drive at 9:30. We expect to be back in Hobart around 15:30. Please get in touch if you intend to join us on the bus in Hobart.


What to bring:  Bring appropriate cold/wet weather clothing and footwear. Also a folding chair could be convenient.

Food: A vegetarian picnic-lunch and snacks will be provided. Please send dietary requirements to [email protected]

The State Governments Landcare Action Grants are supported by donations to Landcare Tasmania’s Tasmanian Landcare Fund through the JM Roberts Charitable Trust.

April 21, 2021 at 10:00am - 3pm
Mt Pleasant Radio Astronomy Observatory at the University of Tasmania Farm
Denholms Road
Cambridge , TAS 7170
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Jakob Sprickerhof · · 62347117

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