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
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
Hands is for anyone with an interest in community Landcare. Readers are
welcome to send in their ideas and experiences, and photos are always,
because Landcare really is for everyone, please feel free to pass on to
your family and friends. Anyone can register to receive Dirty
probably escaped no-one's attention that the State election is on Saturday
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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:
by Rod Knight, 100 Elizabeth Street, Hobart.
Opening of Echo Sugarloaf walking track - a local
Landcare group initiative
January 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 Tasmanian Landcare gathering a huge success
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.
of all ages from 61 'Care' groups from across the State converged on
Launceston for the day. All up 145 people took part.
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.
big thanks to everyone from the local groups who hosted the site visits.
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.
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:
Spring Bay Council
and Rae Young
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.
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.