April in South Hobart

posted 17 Apr 2015, 05:15 by SHSC Secretary   [ updated 17 Apr 2015, 05:34 ]
  Growers Gathering 
19th April at 3pm
Meet at Jude's place, 5 Bracken Lane, Fern Tree.
Then around 3:15pm we'll go over the road to her neighbour's at No 6 to see Julian and Robin's large garden that inspired Jude's gorgeous vegie patch, then back to Jude's for a cuppa!
As always, bring anything related to gardening to swap or share or sell, things to tell us about or ask us about. As always, there's no need to arrive with goodies - the main thing is that you come! And bring something to share for afternoon tea back at Jude's place.
All are welcome, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Call Cindy 6224 3211.
 vegetable garden Tips for Planting Your First Vegetable Garden Community Garden meeting
Tuesday 28th April from 8pm
WHERE: 128 Wentworth St - Ben and Pen Clark's house.
All welcome! The more the merrier. 
Autumn is upon us! Time to preserve the summer bounty, make compost, plant garlic and plot our plans for community gardening success.
What's been happening? Our community garden's super gardening guru, Nathan Sidney, has stepped back from the garden for health reasons. We wish Nathan all the best and hope to see him back in the garden soon!
We'd love to get as many of our members together as possible (and new interested people) to plot out how we can best manage the community garden, the exciting things we want to see happen in the garden and plan the who, how, where, what, when side of the equation.
  Lantern Parade
Friday 29th May 5:30pm, South Hobart Linear Park
Save this date for your diaries and look for more detailed information in the next SHSC newsletter.
This is a beautiful event is not to be missed. Start planning your lanterns now!

Tas Fire Service Fuel Reduction Program
Daily updates on the web
Here is today's web screen capture (http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colFRPBurnSchedulewith identified fuel reduction burns today and coming up in our area.

Please feel free to share this resource for people who have health concerns in regards to smoke or would like to know how the fuel reduction program will affect them.

The Fuel Reduction Unit can be contact during business hours on 1800 000 699.

And if you can pull yourself out of our neighbourhood...
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Myrtle Rust detection in Tasmania
Message from the Community Garden
This disease (top picture) has been crippling to native forests on the mainland and eradication from the state is very important for our native forests and important crops from the Myrtaceae family. 
Note that the disease has been located on Chilean Guava, also know as Ugni or Tazzieberry (second picture). Most of our gardens have at least one of these or other species from the family Feijoa or Strawberry Guava.

Message from the Myrtle Rust Emergency Response Team

As owners of gardens that are open to the public we are writing to ask for your help in our efforts to eradicate from Tasmania the plant disease myrtle rust, a fungus that affects plants of the Myrtaceae family.

Myrtle rust was has now been detected in Tasmania for first time. The disease is regarded as a serious threat and Biosecurity Tasmania has established an incident control centre at its New Town Research Laboratories to manage the emergency response operation, with the aim of eradicating the disease from the state.

To date myrtle rust has been identified as affecting Lophomyrtus, a common hedge, screening and potted plant with common names including: Black Stallion, Red Dragon, Rainbow's End and Krinkly.

In recent weeks the disease has also been found in Tasmania, in a small number of cases, on another Myrtaceae plant, Chilean guava, or more commonly known here as myrtus berry or Tazziberry™.

So what can you do to help in our efforts to keep this disease from establishing here in Tasmania? We would ask that you keep an eye out for signs of the disease on plants from the Myrtaceae family that you may have in your gardens. Those plants will include willow myrtle, Chilean guava, Lophomyrtus, teatrees, bottlebrush, eucalypts and paperbarks. The DPIPWE website has more information and images to assist in your myrtle rust monitoring efforts.

In particular, people are asked to look at the soft growing tips of Myrtaceae leaves, stems and buds to identify the bright yellow rust pustules that are likely to be present during the warmer months.

During the cooler months the very visible bright yellow pustules and spores distinctive of the disease will not be obvious, with symptoms appearing more like lesions or dead areas of leaves and shoots.  New infections appearing post-winter start off as small spots or areas of dead material on leaves and shoots with red marks or halos.

If you do see signs of myrtle rust, do not take any samples, remove or destroy the plantSimply contact the hotline on 03 6165 3785 and provide information on the location of the suspected infection. Response officers will be in touch as soon as possible to arrange an inspection and, if necessary, take appropriate action.

Further information and resources on myrtle rust resources are available on the DPIPWE website: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/myrtlerust

We thank you for your help and please do not hesitate to contact the team at the incident control centre in New Town if you require further information or advice.


The Myrtle Rust Emergency Response Team

  TasNetworks to reimburse $2.4m under-paid to solar owners 

Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance (TREA) website tasrenew.org.au/metering/ contains information about the program that TasNetworks in undertaking to replace 8200 meters that were under-reporting the amount of electricity solar owners were feeding back into the grid. TasNetworks will be making payments to solar owners who were under-paid for their solar electricity, estimated at around $2.4m. There is a fact sheet about technical background available for download and several media releases.