06 September 2017

NRM News

Your monthly NRM update for Southern Tasmania

Spring is officially in the air and much like the busy bees getting stuck into the first burst of flowers, we're gearing up for an action-packed few months across all our program areas. So, if you're ready to emerge from winter hibernation, read on for a look at what's going on in NRM around the south-east!

                                             Strengthening links with China

NRM South recently received a highly competitive $44,000 grant under the latest rounds of the Australian Government Australia-China Agriculture Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) to deliver an Australia-China Sustainable Agricultural Technology Forum in Tasmania in 2018. As part of this forum, delegates and researchers from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Chinese Ministry for Agriculture will workshop with researchers from Tasmania, and practitioners from the Australian NRM network, to exchange knowledge about the Chinese agricultural sector and the practices that we employ in sustainable agriculture for improved soil health, protecting water quality on farmland and the surrounding environment, and maintaining healthy bee populations for bee products and pollination services to agriculture. For more information about this collaborative project, visit our website.

Nests for unwelcome guests
As part of an NRM South Naturally Inspired Grant to manage invasive Rainbow Lorikeets in the greater Hobart region, Hobart College students have been working hard on constructing specially designed nesting boxes in recent weeks, and were excited to see the first boxes placed into trees at the Kingston Golf Course in early August. Environment team volunteers fitted ceilings and ladders into nesting boxes, and filled the bases with nesting material.

Several of these nesting boxes have now been installed in trees by Dr Dejan Stojanovic and his team of conservation scientists from the Australian National University. Other boxes will be installed in various council reserves and private land around Kingborough and Hobart. Local volunteers will monitor the boxes, as part of this citizen science project.

Law of the Land workshop
On Saturday 23 September, the first in a series of 'Law of the Land' workshops will be offered at Okines Community House, Dodges Ferry. This workshop will help you to better understand Tasmania's environmental laws - including your rights and obligations. Relevant for anyone working on the land, including - landowners, farmers and land/coastcare groups.
For more information and to RSVP, check our events page
Other workshops will be scheduled in Kingston, Swansea and Huonville over the coming months. 

Early bird registrations for Australia's 14th Coast to Coast Conference, to be held in Hobart from the 16 - 20 April 2018, are now open and will be on offer until the 31 January. Abstract submissions are also closing on 30 September, so if you're planning to present at this national coastal management conference, you'll need to get your submissions in by the end of the month.
Follow the link for more information.

PMP workshops for 2017
Expressions of interest are open for the 2017 round of property management planning workshops (Huon and Channel regions). These workshops have limited places available and have a history of booking out, so get your application in by 11 September.  For more information and to download your expression of interest, visit: www.nrmsouth.org.au/landholders/property-management-planning/
The new Veg Pest ID app
A newly developed Veg Pest ID app helps farmers and agricultural professionals identify pests on Australian vegetable crops. This app was funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia and Horticulture Australia Pty Ltd using the vegetable R&D levy and government contributions and is now available for free download on Apple or Android devices.

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. The due date is not far away, but they're low on applications! Nominations close on September 15 so don't delay - submit your nomination today!

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.

3 November: Join us for a free bus tour to visit some key sites in the Greening Australia Midlands Restoration Project, a long-term landscape-scale environmental restoration initiative designed to increase connectivity and biodiversity in the Northern Midlands.  For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/2vXwhf3

In preparation for the summer bushfire season, there will be a free community event for the Orford/Spring Beach region on the evening of October 3rd at the Orford Community Hall. Come along to find out more about fuel reduction, weed management and survival planning.
If you're either participating or interested in participating in any kind of Landcare in Tasmania, take 5 and complete the Landcare Tasmania Census 2017 and help to provide a valuable snapshot of the Landcare movement in Tasmania.

Bushcare's Major Day Out is happening on the 17 September - register your site or find projects you can join in on at the link.
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
313 Macquarie Street
Hobart, Tasmania 7004

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

05 September 2017

City of Hobart Bandicoot Times

City of Hobart Bushcare Spring News Update
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Welcome to the City of Hobart Bushcare Spring News Update
This season there is a lot happening in Hobart's bush. We will be giving away native plants at working bees across the City, controlling weeds from the mountain to the sea and exploring Hobart's bush with Bush Adventures. 
We hope to see you at one of these activities soon!

18 August 2017

Tasmanian Community Fund August 2017

Grant Round 35
Grant Round 35 of the Tasmanian Community Fund is now open. Applications for small grants (up to $20,000) will close at 5.00pm on 6 September 2017. Applications for medium grants ($20,001 to $90,000) will close at 5pm on 27 September 2017. Stage 1 applications for large infrastructure grants ($100 000 to $300 000) will close on 23 August 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in mid-December 2017.
All applicants are encouraged to read the guidelines thoroughly as they provide information on eligible projects, the feedback given to previous applicants, additional advice to applicants and advice on information to include within the application.
Applicants are also encouraged to discuss their project with Tasmanian Community Fund staff (phone 6232 7043 or 6232 7269 or email admin@tascomfund.org) before submitting their application. The guidelines and the application forms are available on the Tasmanian Community Fund website.
Grant Round 36 including small and medium general grants and large collaborative program projects focused on increasing workforce engagement grants will open on 20 January 2018.

North and North-West Visits
Tasmanian Community Fund staff will be in Burnie, Devonport and Launceston in August.  This is an opportunity for groups who would like to meet with a staff member to discuss their application to do so in person or if there are any problems accessing or using SmartyGrants to get some one-on-one assistance.
Staff will be in Launceston on Monday, 21 August and in Devonport and Burnie on Tuesday, 22 August.  If you would like to make an appointment please phone the Tasmanian Community Fund Office on 03 6232 7269.  Venue details will be provided at the time of your booking and with your appointment confirmation.

Oatlands Visit
The Tasmanian Community Fund Board recently toured previously funded projects at Oatlands including Life Without Barriers, Oatlands Historical Society, Southern Midlands Council and the Centre for Heritage. The Board also held a community forum.
The project tour and community forum provided an opportunity for community members to provide feedback to the Board on the outcomes, progress and issues relating to their projects and the issues that are facing the Bridgewater and surrounding communities. Receiving feedback and information from the community is vital in enabling the Tasmanian Community Fund Board to make decisions in the best interests and on behalf of the Tasmanian community.
The Board thanks all community members who attended the tour and the forum for their enthusiasm and commitment to their community and for their openness and willingness to share their knowledge with the Board.
The Board looks forward to their upcoming visit to Deloraine.

Community Wellbeing Information Session
In 2018, the Tasmanian Community Fund will be calling for expressions of interest ($300 000 to $500 000) for a range of collaborative and sustainable projects that improve the wellbeing of Tasmanians in one or more of the following areas:
·         Improving mental health outcomes
·         Improving educational outcomes
·         Reducing violence including bullying
·         Enhancing preventable health outcomes
·         Reducing homelessness
·         Increasing social cohesion
·         Diverting from the justice system
·         Addressing addictive behaviours
This will be a two-stage application process.  Applicants that move through to Stage 2 will have to provide a strong business case that demonstrates value for money.
Information sessions will be held in Hobart at 2.30pm on 29 August, in Launceston at 10.30am on 5 September and in Burnie at 3pm on 5 September.  To RSVP please email admin@tascomfund.org

Community Forum – Deloraine
Community groups are invited to attend a free forum hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund Board in Deloraine from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Tuesday, 10 October 2017.  Venue to be confirmed.
Come along to hear how you can maximise your chances of receiving a grant.
To attend the forum, please email admin@tascomfund.org or phone 6232 7269 to rsvp.

Longford Men’s Shed
The Longford Men’s Shed was formed when the local community recognised the need for a place where men could assemble and where life-time skills could be practised and passed on to others.
The Shed has been operating since 2010, providing a space where men of all ages can be mentored, where health and well-being can be encouraged, and a spirit of friendship can be offered to all. More...

Tasmanian Community Fund Has Moved
The Tasmanian Community Fund office has moved - but only around the corner. The Tasmanian Community Fund office is now located in Suite 2 Tech 3 at the Tasmanian TechnoPark. The telephone contact, fax and postal address remain the same:
Tasmanian Community Fund
Phone:  03 6232 7269
Fax:  03 6233 4164
GPO Box 1350, Hobart  7001
We look forward to seeing you at the new office.


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