19 December 2015

Landcare Tasmania News Dec 2015

Holiday reminders and other news from Landcare Tas
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Welcome to our final e-news for 2015!
Short Snippets

Youth Engagement in Landcare - a new guide from Landcare Australia

The inaugural Tasmanian Volunteering Awards and the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards are currently open for nominations.

Some training opportunities:

Keeping Special Places Special: Planning and Adaptive Management for Protected Areas
Skills for Getting Things Done

See our web News page for more information on these
(look for the "Training" section).

A new Australian Heritage Strategy - see it here

The 2016 Plant Biosecurity Manual for Tasmania is now available - right here.


Community groups are invited to attend a free forum hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund Board at Launceston from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Thursday, 18 February 2016.  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.
See the latest FRR newsletter for some handy tips for community groups

Some current grants

FRRR small grants for rural communities (opening 21 December)
Aussie Farmers Foundation Grants 
John Wallis Foundation Grants - may not be relevant to many of you, but in the past they have funded a Rural Women's Leadership Program.
Inspiring Australia grants

Dear fellow Landcare people,

I have asked Matthew to pass on my heartfelt appreciation for the "forking awesome" presentation at the Landcare conference.

Words completely failed me, it's hard to talk through tears and I wish I could have been more composed but it was such a shock, although a wonderful thought, and thank you very much.

Landcare, and the good people involved in it, has a huge place in my heart, and I hope always to be able to contribute for many years to come.

- Gwendolyn Adams

At the 2015 Tasmanian Landcare Awards dinner, Gwendolyn was presented with a garden fork inscribed: "for a forking awesome contribution to Landcare", in recognition of her work with Landcare Tasmania (formerly the Tasmanian Landcare Association) and with the Landcare movement in general.

A similar presentation was made to Leanne Sherriff, for her enormous contribution to the organisation since 2002/03.  Leanne played a key role in securing major funding for the organisation, and was heavily involved with steering and assessment committees for the Tasmanian Landcare Fund and other large grant programs. Leanne is still a member of the TLF Strategic Committee.

Members - watch your mail box!

We have just posted a membership pack to our groups, including a membership renewal form, LAP claim form, 2015-16 Annual Report and 2016 calendar.
Please let us know if you don't receive this.

We will be sending a similar pack to individual members early next year.
Coming up in early 2016

Beach surveys (northern Tas) - no experience needed
Oyster smashing (southern Tas)
Cats Forum (Launceston)
Pasture management/grazing workshop and coaching sessions

See our News page for more information.

And did you know?
2016 has been declared the International Year of Pulses
Some handy hints and holiday reminders
Some tips for a more environmentally-friendly Christmas

Check out the 12 Do's of Christmas from Planet Ark, and
10 suggestions for reducing your carbon footprint

Be fire-safe this summer

Fire permits are currently required for all of Tasmania.
Watch the TFS website for details of total fire ban days. 

And check the BoM website for current fire danger ratings. 

See some Bushfire Safety information from the TFS.

How prepared are you?

Are you well-prepared for an emergency or natural disaster - either at home or while you're away?
Take the Red Cross quiz and find out!

Don't spread unwanted pests and diseases

If you're venturing into our unspoilt wilderness areas (or anywhere for that matter!), make sure you're not unintentionally spreading any unwanted organisms.
Here's some biosecurity tips from NRM South

And if you're travelling interstate, or have friends visiting Tasmania, a reminder from Biosecurity Tas of what you can and can't bring into the state.

Look after our wildlife

An unusual bit of advice - platypus friendly angling !

Sad to see how many Tasmanian Devils are being killed on our roads.
Please remember to drive safely, and slow down at night.

And look after yourself!

It may sound a bit old hat, but don't forget how intense the sun can be.
Check the BoM for
UV alerts, and stay sun-safe.
Our holiday plans
The Landcare Tasmania office will close at 5 pm on Wednesday 23 December, and re-open on Monday 4 January with limited staffing.

All of our current staff will be back at work on Monday 11 January.

Our staff and committee wish you good cheer and a happy Christmas!
Stay safe, keep well and we look forward to working with you next year.

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10 December 2015

Tasmanian Community Fund Dec

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Round 31

The Tasmanian Community Fund received 238 applications in grant round 31 requesting $7.85 million. After the pre-eligibility check process was completed 185 applications requesting $6.56 million were accepted for assessment. After careful consideration of each application, the Tasmanian Community Fund Board approved grants totalling $2.07 million to 80 projects. This takes the total amount of funding awarded since 2000 to more than $76 million to nearly 2 400 projects in all areas of the State. A full list of successful recipients in Grant Round 29 is available here.

Grant Round 32 will open on 23 January 2016. Guidelines and links to application forms will be available, shortly before the round opens, on the website at www.tascomfund.org or by contacting the TCF office on 6232 7043 or 6232 7269.


Board Appointments


The Tasmanian Community Fund welcomes Sally Darke to the Board.  Sally will commence her three year appointment on 1 January 2016.

Sally has just completed 10 years as a Director in the Advisory practice of KPMG where she has provided state-wide consultancy services for many not for profit, government and private organisations. As a human resource consultant her core business has been strategic planning, executive recruitment, governance training, organisation, board and CEO performance review. She has 20 years governance experience with both B&E and not for profit organisations in Tasmania.

Sally is keen to “make a difference” in the Tasmanian marketplace and motivated by the opportunity to provide good governance for the Tasmanian Community Fund.

Lynn Mason has been reappointed as Chairperson of the Tasmanian Community Fund for one year.


Thanks Peter Kay and Nell Kuilenburg


The Tasmanian Community Fund thanks Peter Kay and Nell Kuilenburg for their contribution as members of the Board for the last six years.  Peter and Nell brought a diverse range of skills and experience to the Board and they will be missed.

The Board wishes Peter and Nell well for all their future endeavours and is sure that their commitment to the Tasmanian community will continue through other roles.


Break O’Day Council


Break O’Day Council is located on the northern part of Tasmania’s east coast.  Council’s vision to ensure an active, forward looking and well managed community, creating a unique and desirable place to live, work and visit. This results in the Council providing a diverse range of services including facilities which encourage an active and involved community.

Support from the Tasmanian Community Fund has assisted the Council to install lights at the St Helens Skate Park.  The lighting enables longer usage of the skate park each day while enhancing safety and reducing anti-social behaviour and vandalism in the foreshore area. More...


Launceston Forum

Community groups are invited to attend a free forum hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund Board at Launceston from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Thursday, 18 February 2016.   Location details will be advised in the next newsletter.

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.


Seasons Greetings from the Tasmanian Community Fund Board and staff


The Tasmanian Community Fund Board and staff thank you for your support throughout the year and wish you a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

The Tasmanian Community Fund office will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday, 23 December 2015.  The office will reopen at 9am on Monday, 11 January 2016.