15 February 2018

Tas Landcare News



Landcare Tasmania


Dirty Hands

February 2018

Landcare Tasmania's monthly bulletin



Welcome to Dirty Hands for 2018

After a bit of a break ensuring the 2017 Tasmanian Landcare Gathering was a great success, we're back in swing with our monthly production of Dirty Hands. Dirty Hands is distributed to anyone interested in receiving news about community Landcare in Tasmania, including all our group and individual members.
This year we've decided to drop our member's only newsletter Under the Hat. Instead members will be receiving more targeted emails as and when need or opportunity arises.
Dirty Hands is for anyone with an interest in community Landcare. Readers are welcome to send in their ideas and experiences, and photos are always, always welcome!
And because Landcare really is for everyone, please feel free to pass on to your family and friends. Anyone can register to receive Dirty Hands.

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It's probably escaped no-one's attention that the State election is on Saturday 3 March.
The team at Landcare Tas has been working hard to ensure that all parties make a solid commitment to supporting community Landcare over the next term of government, which will be a critical period. 
During the past 18 months we have experienced a 25% growth in the number of Landcare groups Statewide, which now total more than 200, with a member and volunteer base of 3,300 people.
This has placed enormous strain on our already under-funded ability to meet the demand for support services like insurance, training and technical advice that underpin the 90,000 hours of volunteer work our member groups do annually.
To date only the Liberal Party has released any policy on funding for Landcare Tasmania, committing to an increase in base funding and also new grant programs targeting Landcare and weeds. We don't want to see a repeat of the Commonwealth's $100M deal on the backpacker tax, of which we haven't seen a cent!
While the Liberal announcement to double our base funding to $240k per year is very welcome, it still falls short on the very modest amount of $350k of State funds needed to support the expanded network of community Landcare groups operating in Tasmania.
What’s more disappointing is that despite us having repeatedly informed all Tasmanian MPs of the strain on our resources, the other parties have yet to commit to any support for community Landcare.
Click on the links below for:

Landcare Tasmania's statement on the 2018 State election

List and analysis of party commitments to Landcare


You can help make a difference

Elections only come around every four years so its important to take the opportunity to help shape how the next government will support community Landcare during this time. You can make your support for community Landcare, and the key role Landcare Tasmania plays in supporting it, known to election candidates by email, phone or in person.  Contact details for candidates can be found at:

Labor party

Liberal party

The Greens

Jacquie Lambie Network


Authorised by Rod Knight, 100 Elizabeth Street, Hobart.



Opening of Echo Sugarloaf walking track - a local Landcare group initiative

20180131_102832LRX.jpgJanuary 31st was a big day for Friends of Randalls Bay Coastcare - the opening of the Echo Sugarloaf walking track. The track has the potential to become one of Tasmania's great short walks.
65 people turned up on a blustery day in southern Tasmania to take the walk along Randalls Bay Beach and up through the bush to the summit of Echo Sugarloaf.  Amazing views for such a short walk, and it's suited to families.
Friends of Randalls Bay Coastcare turned on a great BBQ lunch before hearing from group project coordinator Paul Thomas, Huon Valley Commissioner Adriana Taylor and Landcare Tas CEO Rod Knight, with the track officially opened by former Director of the Parks and Wildlife Service Max Kitchell.
All in all a great effort, a great day, and a fantastic example of how community Landcarers can work together to make a difference to their local area, build a strong social fabric, and leave a legacy that will be appreciated by countless others well into the future.

Further information and map





New Landcare groups

dirty-2573292_1920.jpgTasmania's community Landcare movement continues to grow! We're pleased to welcome a bunch of new groups to our membership - each with their own unique issues and interests but all great examples of the community taking on the shared challenges in our natural and working landscapes.
Take a trip to our website to find out about:

Bream Creek Community Garden

Clarendon Vale Primary School

Gagebrook Primary School

Glen Huon Dairy

Peregrine School

Raven Hill Park

Forming a new Landcare group is a big step and it's important that group's are supported as much as possible. If you live in and around the new groups please think about joining in their activities or just getting in touch to say hello.



2017 Tasmanian Landcare gathering a huge success

On 2 December last year we hosted the Tasmanian Landcare Gathering - a day of informative field trips following by lunch and presentation of the Tasmanian Landcare Awards.
People of all ages from 61 'Care' groups from across the State converged on Launceston for the day. All up 145 people took part. 
The field trips went to sites at Trevallyn Reserve, Youngtown Primary School, Westbury Town Common, Quamby Bend, Tamar Wetlands Centre  and the Supply River.  Each site was different but all with one thing in common - of being cared for by a local Landcare Group. 
A big thanks to everyone from the local groups who hosted the site visits.
Lunch at Joseph Chromy Vineyard included an inspiring Welcome to Country by Nala Mansell and an official opening by Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff, followed by presentation of the 2017 Tasmanian Landcare Awards. The winners become automatic finalists in the 2018 National Landcare Awards.
A major feature of this year's event was sponsorship provided by businesses, Councils and others to directly assist people who might otherwise not have been able to attend. A big thank you to:
Central Coast Council
Meander Valley Council
Circular Head Council
Natural Resource Planning
City of Hobart
NRM North
Connorville Station
NRM South
Don Thompson
Stronach Constructions
Glamorgan Spring Bay Council
Tamar NRM
Gloo Advertising
Waratah Wynyard Council
Kingborough Council
West Tamar Council
Lindsay and Rae Young


The generous support of attendance sponsorship this year was a big factor in ensuring the 2017 Tasmanian Landcare Gathering was well attended, enjoyable and informative. We hope all who attended will be inspired, and inspire others, and that the wider community will continue to recognise and support the fantastic work that is community Landcare in Tasmania.
Well done to everyone who took part, whether it be organising or just coming along for the day. Another great example of how Landcare achieves great things through the community working together.
Oh yes - and there's

LOTS OF PHOTOS!

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Upcoming Events

Thursday 15 February 2018
·       Friends of Knocklofty Bushcare Working Bee
09:00 AM at Forest Road Carpart
186 Forest Rd, West Hobart, Tasmania 7000
Saturday 17 February 2018
·       BirdLife Tas Southeast Summer Wader Count
09:00 AM at Contact BirdLife Tas for details
·       East Tamar Landcare meeting
09:00 AM at Interpretation Centre
Sunday 18 February 2018
·       Friends of Knocklofty Bushcare Working Bee
09:00 AM at Forest Road Carpart
186 Forest Rd, West Hobart, Tasmania 7000
·       ROSNY MONTAGU BAY LANDCARE AND COASTCARE GROUP
10:30 AM at MONTHLY WORKING BEE
ENTRANCE TO ROSNY HILL NATURE RECREATION AREA OFF AKUNA STREET ROSNY , Rosny
Thursday 22 February 2018
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Reserve entrance next to 18 Brinsmead Rd
18 Brinsmead Rd, Mt Nelson, Tasmania 7007
Saturday 24 February 2018
·       BirdLife Tas Windermere excursion
08:30 AM at Meet at the car park at the bottom of Boxhill Road
Foreshore Reserve, Claremont, Tasmania 7008
·       Derwent Catchment Project Ragwort Removal
10:00 AM at Cramps Bay, Great Lake
Cramps Bay, Cramps Bay, Tasmania 7030
Sunday 25 February 2018
·       Tramway Hill Working Bee
10:00 AM at Nierinna Creek Reserve
·       BirdLife Tasmania - Annual BBQ
10:00 AM at Waterworks Site 2
Waterworks Reserve, Hobart, Tasmania 7054
Saturday 3 March 2018
·       Skullbone Plains Discovery Weekend
10:00 AM at Skullbone Plains Reserve
Sunday 4 March 2018
·       BirdLife Tas - Dru Point excursion
08:30 AM at Meet at the car park by the kiosk
Dru Point Bicentennial Park, Margate, Tasmania 7054
·       Bellerive Bluff monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Contract group for details
·       Waterworks Valley Landcare Monthly Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
·       Ridgeway Bushcare Monthly Working Bee
10:00 AM at Ridgeway Park
·       Waterworks Valley Landcare Monthly Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Monday 5 March 2018
·       Friends of Woodvine Reserve - working bee
12:00 PM at Woodvine Nature Reserve, Forcett
Tuesday 6 March 2018
·       Wellington Park Bushcare working bee
10:00 AM at Wellington Park (call to confirm)
Saturday 10 March 2018
·       Weymouth Progress Association AGM
03:30 PM at The Hall
Weymouth, Tasmania 7252
Sunday 11 March 2018
·       Fern Tree Bushcare Monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Fern Tree
Fern Tree, Tasmania 7054
·       Lulworth Community Association AGM
10:00 AM at Contact Lulworth Community Association
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
·       Clean up Lulworth & Tam O’Shanter Bay Day!
11:00 AM at Lulworth Community Shed
Beach Street, Lulworth, Tasmania 7252
Saturday 17 March 2018
·       BirdLife Tas - Burton's Reserve excursion
08:30 AM at Meet at the reserve carpark
Burton's Reserve , Cygnet, Tasmania 7112
·       Conservation Landholders Tas field day
09:00 AM at Pipers Brook Fire Station
14 Hall Rd, Pipers Brook, Tasmania 7254
·       Native Animal Management Field Day - Conservation Landholders Tas
10:00 AM at Pipers Brook Rural Fire Station
14 Hall Rd, Pipers Brook, Tasmania 7254
Sunday 18 March 2018
·       ROSNY MONTAGU BAY LANDCARE AND COASTCARE GROUP
10:30 AM at MONTHLY WORKING BEE
ENTRANCE TO ROSNY HILL NATURE RECREATION AREA OFF AKUNA STREET ROSNY , Rosny
Thursday 29 March 2018
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Sunday 1 April 2018
·       Bellerive Bluff monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Contract group for details
·       Waterworks Valley Landcare Monthly Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Monday 2 April 2018
·       Friends of Woodvine Reserve - working bee
12:00 PM at Woodvine Nature Reserve, Forcett
Tuesday 3 April 2018
·       Wellington Park Bushcare working bee
10:00 AM at Wellington Park (call to confirm)
Sunday 8 April 2018
·       Fern Tree Bushcare Monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Fern Tree
Fern Tree, Tasmania 7054
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Sunday 15 April 2018
·       ROSNY MONTAGU BAY LANDCARE AND COASTCARE GROUP
10:30 AM at MONTHLY WORKING BEE
ENTRANCE TO ROSNY HILL NATURE RECREATION AREA OFF AKUNA STREET ROSNY , Rosny
Thursday 26 April 2018
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Sunday 29 April 2018
·       Seymour Community Action Group Field Day!
10:00 AM at Long Point Car Park
Tuesday 1 May 2018
·       Wellington Park Bushcare working bee
10:00 AM at Wellington Park (call to confirm)
Sunday 6 May 2018
·       Waterworks Valley Landcare Monthly Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
·       Bellerive Bluff monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Contract group for details
Monday 7 May 2018
·       Friends of Woodvine Reserve - working bee
12:00 PM at Woodvine Nature Reserve, Forcett
Sunday 13 May 2018
·       Fern Tree Bushcare Monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Fern Tree
Fern Tree, Tasmania 7054
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Sunday 20 May 2018
·       ROSNY MONTAGU BAY LANDCARE AND COASTCARE GROUP
10:30 AM at MONTHLY WORKING BEE
ENTRANCE TO ROSNY HILL NATURE RECREATION AREA OFF AKUNA STREET ROSNY , Rosny
Thursday 31 May 2018
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Sunday 3 June 2018
·       Waterworks Valley Landcare Monthly Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
·       Bellerive Bluff monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Contract group for details
Monday 4 June 2018
·       Friends of Woodvine Reserve - working bee
12:00 PM at Woodvine Nature Reserve, Forcett
Tuesday 5 June 2018
·       Wellington Park Bushcare working bee
10:00 AM at Wellington Park (call to confirm)
Sunday 10 June 2018
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
·       Fern Tree Bushcare Monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Fern Tree
Fern Tree, Tasmania 7054
Sunday 17 June 2018
·       ROSNY MONTAGU BAY LANDCARE AND COASTCARE GROUP
10:30 AM at MONTHLY WORKING BEE
ENTRANCE TO ROSNY HILL NATURE RECREATION AREA OFF AKUNA STREET ROSNY , Rosny
Thursday 28 June 2018
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Sunday 1 July 2018
·       Waterworks Valley Landcare Monthly Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
·       Bellerive Bluff monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Contract group for details
Monday 2 July 2018
·       Friends of Woodvine Reserve - working bee
12:00 PM at Woodvine Nature Reserve, Forcett
Tuesday 3 July 2018
·       Wellington Park Bushcare working bee
10:00 AM at Wellington Park (call to confirm)
Sunday 8 July 2018
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
·       Fern Tree Bushcare Monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Fern Tree
Fern Tree, Tasmania 7054
Sunday 15 July 2018
·       ROSNY MONTAGU BAY LANDCARE AND COASTCARE GROUP
10:30 AM at MONTHLY WORKING BEE
ENTRANCE TO ROSNY HILL NATURE RECREATION AREA OFF AKUNA STREET ROSNY , Rosny
Thursday 26 July 2018
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Monday 30 July 2018
·       Hole digging with Acton Park Landcare
08:17 PM at Tangara Trail, off Sirocco Place
Acton Park
Sunday 5 August 2018
·       Waterworks Valley Landcare Monthly Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
·       Bellerive Bluff monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Contract group for details
Monday 6 August 2018
·       Friends of Woodvine Reserve - working bee
12:00 PM at Woodvine Nature Reserve, Forcett
Tuesday 7 August 2018
·       Wellington Park Bushcare working bee
10:00 AM at Wellington Park (call to confirm)
Sunday 12 August 2018
·       Fern Tree Bushcare Monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Fern Tree
Fern Tree, Tasmania 7054
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Sunday 19 August 2018
·       ROSNY MONTAGU BAY LANDCARE AND COASTCARE GROUP
10:30 AM at MONTHLY WORKING BEE
ENTRANCE TO ROSNY HILL NATURE RECREATION AREA OFF AKUNA STREET ROSNY , Rosny
Thursday 30 August 2018
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Sunday 2 September 2018
·       Waterworks Valley Landcare Monthly Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Monday 3 September 2018
·       Friends of Woodvine Reserve - working bee
12:00 PM at Woodvine Nature Reserve, Forcett
Tuesday 4 September 2018
·       Wellington Park Bushcare working bee
10:00 AM at Wellington Park (call to confirm)
Sunday 9 September 2018
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
·       Fern Tree Bushcare Monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Fern Tree
Fern Tree, Tasmania 7054
Sunday 16 September 2018
·       Bellerive Bluff monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Contract group for details
·       ROSNY MONTAGU BAY LANDCARE AND COASTCARE GROUP
10:30 AM at MONTHLY WORKING BEE
ENTRANCE TO ROSNY HILL NATURE RECREATION AREA OFF AKUNA STREET ROSNY , Rosny
Thursday 27 September 2018
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Monday 1 October 2018
·       Friends of Woodvine Reserve - working bee
12:00 PM at Woodvine Nature Reserve, Forcett
Tuesday 2 October 2018
·       Wellington Park Bushcare working bee
10:00 AM at Wellington Park (call to confirm)
Sunday 7 October 2018
·       Bellerive Bluff monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Contract group for details
·       Waterworks Valley Landcare Monthly Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Sunday 14 October 2018
·       Fern Tree Bushcare Monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Fern Tree
Fern Tree, Tasmania 7054
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Sunday 21 October 2018
·       ROSNY MONTAGU BAY LANDCARE AND COASTCARE GROUP
10:30 AM at MONTHLY WORKING BEE
ENTRANCE TO ROSNY HILL NATURE RECREATION AREA OFF AKUNA STREET ROSNY , Rosny
Thursday 25 October 2018
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Sunday 4 November 2018
·       Bellerive Bluff monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Contract group for details
·       Waterworks Valley Landcare Monthly Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Monday 5 November 2018
·       Friends of Woodvine Reserve - working bee
12:00 PM at Woodvine Nature Reserve, Forcett
Tuesday 6 November 2018
·       Wellington Park Bushcare working bee
10:00 AM at Wellington Park (call to confirm)
Sunday 11 November 2018
·       Fern Tree Bushcare Monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Fern Tree
Fern Tree, Tasmania 7054
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Sunday 18 November 2018
·       ROSNY MONTAGU BAY LANDCARE AND COASTCARE GROUP
10:30 AM at MONTHLY WORKING BEE
ENTRANCE TO ROSNY HILL NATURE RECREATION AREA OFF AKUNA STREET ROSNY , Rosny
Thursday 29 November 2018
·       Mount Nelson Bushcare Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Sunday 2 December 2018
·       Bellerive Bluff monthly working bee
10:00 AM at Contract group for details
·       Waterworks Valley Landcare Monthly Working Bee
10:00 AM at Contact the organiser for details
Monday 3 December 2018
·       Friends of Woodvine Reserve - working bee
12:00 PM at Woodvine Nature Reserve, Forcett
Tuesday 4 December 2018
·       Wellington Park Bushcare working bee
10:00 AM at Wellington Park (call to confirm)
Sunday 16 December 2018
·       ROSNY MONTAGU BAY LANDCARE AND COASTCARE GROUP
10:30 AM at MONTHLY WORKING BEE
ENTRANCE TO ROSNY HILL NATURE RECREATION AREA OFF AKUNA STREET ROSNY , Rosny


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