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
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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!
DESKTOP WALLPAPER FOR
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
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.
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!
Bandicoot Times Newsletter
Discover what has been
happening in Hobart's bushland areas and learn about some of the fantastic
bushcare projects being undertaken by volunteers in your community. Find
this out and more in the latest Bandicoot
Working Bee Program
Get outside this Spring and
give a group a helping hand for a couple of hours. There's a range of
activities happening including native plant give aways. To find out what's happening
download the latest Bushcare
Working Bee program.
Bush Adventures Program
There is a range of activities
for adults, families and children this Spring! Grow wilder with the birds,
join the bush circus or go on an arthropod expedition. Find out more
by downloading the Bush
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
Applicants are also encouraged to discuss their
project with Tasmanian Community Fund staff (phone 6232 7043 or 6232
7269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
before submitting their application. The guidelines and the
application forms are available on the Tasmanian Community Fund
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.
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
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
·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 email@example.com
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.
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
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 www.tascomfund.org