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at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical
Gardens, has been joined by Bridget
Stewart, James Da Costa, Sam Beattie
and Hannah Moloney in the venture.
Ms Moloney, who is a permaculture
teacher, said the garden would become a
great resource to use.
“In a time where farmers are literally
walking off their land and the average age
of Australian farmers is in the mid-50s,
we’re walking back on to vacant land and
re-embracing one of the most important
jobs in the world: growing food,” she said.
would sell vegetable boxes direct to
consumers and restaurants.
“This is different to community
gardens because it will demonstrate how
to make a livelihood out of farming in the
city,” Ms Sales said.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by public
support and now we’ve got a site we can’t
wait to get our hands dirty. We are really
passionate about growing food locally.”
She said the garden was to open in
May, with the first crops late this year.
Ms Sales, who is studying horticulture
AFTER a highly successful crowd-
funding campaign, the Hobart City Farm
team will start growing food in the city.
A social media funding campaign went
beyond its $12,000 target, raising $13,541
for not-for-profit Hobart City Farm to run
an urban-farming enterprise in St Johns
Creative Living Park behind Ogilvie High
School in New Town, Hobart.
Co-founder Louise Sales said the
enterprise was a Tasmanian first and
for water buyers
AS dry conditions begin to grip
in many parts of the state,
farmers are urged to have
water-access plans approved
before buying extra water.
Tasmanian Irrigation chief
executive Chris Oldfield said it
was becoming commonplace
to see water and flow rates
However, he said anyone
who used water supplied from
TI schemes must have ap-
proved farm water access plans
(FWAPs) to avoid risking
natural assets on properties.
“That applies to non-enti-
tlement owners who want to
buy in water from rights hold-
ers and to holders who want
extra water during a dry spell,”
Mr Oldfield said.
Extended dry conditions
are extending through East
Coast, Midlands and northern
Mr Oldfield said plans were
a requirement of state and fed-
eral government approvals for
each irrigation scheme. Each
FWAP stipulates where water
from the irrigation schemes
will be applied and plans have
to comply with approved mod-
Trading figures for water
within Tasmania’s new irri-
gation schemes continue to
demonstrate a strong market.
TI maintains a trading no-
tice board on its website for
farmers and investors who are
after water allocations.
Melbourne investor David
Williams is offering water and
flow rate for sale, as well as
short and long-term lease from
the Midlands Water Scheme.
“As farmers become more
familiar with the tradeability of
water, we are starting to see ac-
tual water and flow rates being
traded separately. This enables
farmers flexibility to take
water when it suits their re-
quirements” Mr Oldfield said.
He said TI could assist land-
holders complete FWAPs.
For more details visit www.
Water funds expected to flow
ANNOUNCEMENT of fed-
eral funding for trance two of
Tasmanian irrigation schemes
is expected soon.
Federal Member for Lyons
Eric Hutchinson said funding
was “imminent” for the irri-
gation schemes in the South-
ern Highlands, in the Evandale
area and in Swan Valley.
Department of Primary Industries, Parks,
Water and Environment
Contact Water Operations Branch Field Staff on 1300 368 550
Why have restrictions?
to manage water use as streams approach minimum trigger
flows to protect stock, domestic and environmental
How are they managed?
by monitoring streams for minimum trigger flows
by working with irrigators to share water as minimum
flows are approached
published on www.farmpoint.tas.gov.au
affected irrigators will be notified by SMS, email or fax
Where are current restrictions?
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