18 June 2018

Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Feral cats are the single greatest threat to Australia's endangered wildlife
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"...cats kill more than one million birds, more than one million reptiles, and more than one million mammals in Australia every day."
                                                                                        Dr John Woinarski
Feral cats are the single greatest threat to Australia's endangered wildlife, especially our mammals. Australia already has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world - if we fail to reduce the impact of feral cats, more species will be lost forever.
A generous Sydney family has now made a stunning offer - the JAAM Foundation will match eligible donations in support of AWC's feral cat strategy up to a total of $1 million.
Your eligible tax deductible donation to AWC will be doubled if it is made before 30 June.

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AWC is creating a network of massive feral cat-free areas throughout Australia
This is a great opportunity to accelerate our work addressing Australia's greatest conservation challenge - the impact of feral cats - through:
  1. Establishing a national network of massive feral cat-free areas: Feral cat-free areas protect some of the largest remaining wild populations of Australia's most endangered animals, such as the Mala and the Numbat.
  2. Implementing feral cat control across AWC properties: This includes trapping, shooting and indigenous tracking and hunting, as well as ground-breaking scientific research designed to improve the effectiveness of cat control measures.
  3. A potential long-term answer - gene drive technology: AWC is working with CSIRO and other partners to explore whether gene drive technology can be utilised to remove feral cats from the landscape, for example, by causing feral cats to have only male kittens. This is a long-term (decades long) project, but it is potentially our best hope in finding a continent-wide solution to the feral cat crisis. Initial priorities include research on cat genomics and feral cat mating ecology, dispersal and population genetics.

Murray Schofield with two cats that were caught in soft jaw traps at Newhaven W Lawler/AWC
You can double the return on your investment!
Please help save Australia's wildlife from feral cats. Donations to AWC in support of our Feral Cat Strategy before 30 June will be matched as follows:
·    If you are a new AWC donor: your donation of $250 or more will be matched.
·    If you are an existing AWC donor: all additional donations of $500 or more will be matched (i.e., donations that are in addition to your usual level of giving).

Gene drive technology provides our best hope for an effective long-term solution to the feral cat crisis
Please consider making an eligible gift to AWC in response to the Feral Cat Challenge before 30 June. Your tax deductible donation will be doubled, helping AWC take action to address the greatest threat to Australia's endangered wildlife.
You can donate online or call 08 9380 9633.
Thank you for your support.
Yours sincerely
Atticus Fleming
Chief Executive

P.S. Thank you to everyone who has already donated to AWC. We are very grateful for all donations no matter how big or small ... every dollar makes a difference!

More information about AWC's feral cat strategy:
Watch ABC TV's Landline program
Read The Weekend Australian Magazine
Listen to ABC Drive Radio

Australian Wildlife Conservancy
Phone: +61 8 9380 9633
Mail: PO Box 8070 Subiaco East 6008
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31 May 2018

Tasmanian Community Fund

Community Forum – Hobart
Community groups are invited to attend a free forum hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund Board in Hobart from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday, 6 June 2018. The forum will be held at the Elizabeth Street Conference Room at Hobart Town Hall.
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 7395 to rsvp.

Community Wellbeing Grant Round Open
The Tasmanian Community Fund's Community Wellbeing targeted grant round is now open.
The Fund is calling for applications ($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
·         Reducing social isolation
·         Diverting from the justice system
·         Addressing addictive behaviours
Stage 1 applications close on 11 July.
Visit the website to find the guidelines and application form. 

Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who has sent through photos of their project and given us permission to share them on our facebook page.
It is great to be able to share your achievements with the wider community.
If you have any photos of your project that you would like to share, please send them to admin@tascomfund.org

RDA Grant Writing Workshops
The RDA Tasmania Committee will be running some free grant writing workshops in June and July throughout the state.
Workshops will be held at Huonville, New Norfolk, Sorell, Smithton, Latrobe, Scottsdale and Deloraine.
To find out more details and book, visit the RDA Tasmania website.

Men’s Sheds Grants Open
The State Government's Tasmanian Men's Shed Association Grants Program is now open.
Applications for up to $5 000 for equipment and tools and $20 000 for capital works will be accepted from TMSA members and non-TMSA member organisations that are able to demonstrate that they operate as a Men’s Shed and align with the TMSA values and vision.
Applications close on 10 August.  Visit the Department of Premier and Cabinet website to find out more.

30 April 2018

Volunteering Tasmania

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As we begin the countdown to National Volunteer Week, I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on this year’s theme ‘Give a Little, Change a Lot’.
There are many ways to interpret these words, and when I read them I am reminded of a quote that says “We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if that drop is not there, the ocean would be missing something" - Mother Teresa. 
For those Tasmanians volunteering, sometimes it can feel like our contribution is no more than a drop in the ocean, particularly for causes that we are passionate about.
Yet whether someone is volunteering every now and then or dedicating many hours each week, the combined effort of each and every one of us is impactful.
So this year when we celebrate National Volunteer Week from 21 to 27 May, I look forward to talking with as many volunteers as I can.
As I listen to their stories and share in their passions I will remind them of the significance of their contribution. Regardless of whether they’re volunteering one hour a month, 15 hours a week or more, I’ll remind them that they are actually changing a lot, because without them our island community would indeed be missing something, just like the ocean Mother Teresa mentions. 
Yours in volunteering,

Alison Lai
CEO - Volunteering Tasmania