29 May 2015

Bushcare News–City of Hobart 28 May 2015

City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update

Hi all, I hope you have a beautiful last week of Autumn, and have been enjoying the latest edition of the Bandicoot Times. If you don't have the Bandicoot Times in your inbox, you'll have it in your mailbox soon. I am super keen for photos and articles for the up and coming editions of the Bandicoot Times, so if you'd like to submit an article, or suggest a topic for an article, let me know. There are also several grants available right now. I encourage any group keen for more support to contact me to discuss grant opportunities to support your amazing efforts.
- Lisa Cawthen, City of Hobart Bushcare Coordinator
Updated web page - Thanks to feedback from bushcare group convenors,  we've updated the City of Hobart Bushcare web page. The web page now includes new pages such as a resource page, news and events and meet the groups. Importantly - potential volunteers can now download the Volunteer Registration Form to bring along to a working bee. If you have a suggestion of resources you'd like to see on the page, please let the bushcare team know.
Did you know? - As a City of Hobart volunteer, you are apart of a volunteer network which includes volunteers from Council programs such as Still Gardening, Youth ARC, Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre, and Mathers House.  As part of National Volunteer Week, the Council said thank you to all its volunteers with a special recognition evening at Town Hall, and thank you cards to all volunteers.
Feedback wanted - We've received feedback that some volunteers would prefer less $ spent on volunteer recognition, and that this $ be redirected towards on-ground actions and equipment. While this isn't always possible, this feedback has been taken on board by the City of Hobart Bushcare program, and passed on to the Council's volunteer coordinator team.  Volunteer recognition is an important part of supporting volunteers, so we'd like your feedback on how best to do it. Is it a good thing? What would you like us to do in 2016? Please let the Bushcare team know.
Hobart College Careers Expo - We were at Hobart College this week to talk to over 1000 students on how they could get involved in Bushcare. Many students showed interest in joining a local group for a day, so keep your eyes peeled for new members at up and coming working bees.
Taylor Wines Support Landcare  - Treat yourself to a splash of red, all whilst giving green back to Landcare! Taylors Wines will donate $20 per six-pack sold through their online store from their Eighty Acres range to your Landcare group of choice. But hurry – offer ends May 31st. More information here.
Grants - Does your group need contractor assistance to tackle a weedy issue? need extra-equipment?  want to fund new brochures or a special event? These grants may be able to assist.
http://bellbayaluminium.com.au/community-grants up to $2000 for community-based groups and not-for-profit organisations to enhance community life in Tasmania (including environmental projects). Close 1st June.
http://www.wholekids.com.au/small-seeds-about-us/  up to $5000 Supporting grassroots organisations and groups that are working hard in their local communities to improve children’s health and wellbeing through innovative and impactful projects. Close 30th June
http://www.landcaretas.org.au/about-us/our-programs/tas-landcare-fund/  up to $8000 for practical Landcare projects that protect, restore and better manage Tasmania’s water, soils, plants and animals.  There will be an emphasis on supporting projects with an educational focus, in addition to environmental outcomes. Close 3rd July
If you need assistance in applying for a grant, contact the Bushcare team. Grant application support is available.
Biosecurity update - Myrtle Rust - Now found on Agonis species - At of 22 May 2015 nearly 600 sites have been inspected, with 71 properties identified with evidence of myrtle rust. Those properties have subsequently been treated and will continue to be monitored.
Myrtle rust had only been found to affect Lophomyrtus and Chilean guava varieties and consequently Control Areas were declared for these species across the state in March 2015. Those Control Area declarations will remain in force for the foreseeable future.
Myrtle rust has, in the last few days now been discovered on Agonis species at a previously treated nursery.  This detection is highly likely due to cross-contamination from infected Lophomyrtus plants in February, however investigations will continue into the winter project phase in an effort to determine the possible cause of the infection.
FREE Bush Adventures Seminars
Dr Genevieve Gates - The Ecology of Wild Tasmanian Fungi - Wednesday 10 June
John Douglas - A Peek into the Fascinating World of Tasmanian Spiders - Thursday 18 June
Associate Professor Alastair Richardson - Sixteen Legs: Tasmanian Cave Spiders - Monday 17 August
Stewart Huxtable - Tasmanian Devils: the Science of Cancer and Conservation - Thursday 20 August
For more information on the seminars download the winter seminar program here.
Volunteer Induction Sessions - All City of Hobart volunteers are required to undertake a volunteer induction session. The induction session will cover the roles, rights and responsibilities of volunteers, and give volunteers an opportunity to ask questions about the program.  The session takes on average 20 minutes and is a good chance for new or potential volunteers to ask questions about Bushcare.
New or potential volunteers can complete a volunteer induction session before a working bee at the Council Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart at the following times:  Wed 10 June 1:15pm to 2pm, Mon 6 July 4:15pm to 5pm and Fri 7 Aug 1:15pm to 2pm. No need to book. Inductions can still be undertaken at working bees.
Derwent Foreshore Bridge to City Coastal Woodland Rehabilitation Project - You can join Friends of Cornelian Bay, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and the Council on National Tree Day to help revegetate more of this precious coastal gem. For details go here.

25 May 2015

Parks and Wildlife Service Appreciation

Below is an email sent from Peter Feil of the Parks and Wildlife Service written on a wet day in May.

Hi  Wellington Bushcare members,

Thanks for the work on Collins Bonnet reroute. It looks like the work was completed just in time to avoid the rapid approach of winter. The rain beating down on the roof and the wind bending over the trees offers a cosy background to reflect on the achievements of the group this past season and to look forward to new activities for the coming year when the weather will offer kinder conditions. Key highlights this year have been;

  • ·Work on the Collins Bonnet reroute started in November 2013 when Peter, Adrian and I visited the site and mapped the proposed reroute. We entered the park through Big Bend to check for tree falls and stopped off at the heritage log landings on the East West trail to look for Spanish Heath. None were found. I later submitted a Parks Activity Assessment (PAA) to have the work on the track approved by Wellington Trust.
  • The completion of Thark Ridge reroute, stage 3 where I’m sure we had a record turnout for a Wellington Bushcare working bee on PWS land. A great day where the realignment was completed and the installation of yellow markers on snow poles was almost completed, but not quite due to flattened batteries in the cordless drill. Interesting weather too with bright blue skies and intermittent mist. Alena , Ranger from Seven Mile Beach attended the session along with Wellington Park Ranger Ben.
  • Realignment of the Cathedral Rock track in October 2014. The planning for this work had been approved two years earlier. The work involved reinstating  the old route by removing two logs off the old track that follows the riverbank. The more recent route took the walkers into the river, not a very appealing start to a day walk. Later that day we visited a Spanish heath site and removed some of the weed that has persisted.
  • And more recently the group spent a hard day on the Collins Bonnet Track above Myrtle Forest clearing a very overgrown section. I couldn’t attend this session and Ranger, Alena went along for the day. There is more work to do on the next section further on and this would be best attacked from the East West track working downhill.

Looking forward to the coming season I can nominate some more track working sessions for you to consider.

  • Install yellow markers on snow poles at Thark/Montague route. There are only about 10 to attach to the poles and the marking is complete. This could be combined with some pruning on sections of the track.
  • Complete the Collins Bonnet section above Myrtle Forest where we could start the day off the East West fire trail. We could enter the trail off Mt Hull fire trail if the ground has dried out and wash the vehicle down with the fire unit prior to entering East West to prevent the spread of Erica.
  • There is the final section of track clearing on the Collins Cap track toward the summit.
  • Some sections of the Collins Bonnet track over Mt Connection require pruning.
  • We intended to visit the Devils Throne area to investigate a realignment around boggy ground. This section is now under consideration as part of the Epic Mountain Bike Route and will be assessed by a nominated track building tenderer. That doesn’t mean we couldn’t still do our own assessment though.

Thanks everyone. See you down the track.


24 May 2015

City of Hobart Bushcare Winter News

City of Hobart Bushcare Winter News Update No Images? Click here

Welcome to the City of Hobart Bushcare Winter News Update

This season there is lots happening in Hobart's bushland areas.


Bandicoot Times Newsletter

Discover the history behind the Queens Domain, and learn how local South Hobart residents are converting a swimming pool into a thriving frog pond. Download your copy of the latest newsletter here.


Bushcare Working Bee Program

Join us to help make Hobart's bushland areas a better place. There is a Bushcare activity for everyone. Download your copy of the latest program here.


Bush Adventures Program

There are plenty of activities for kids, families and adults offered this season in Hobart's bushland areas. Download your copy of the latest program here.


Special Events For Your Diary


July 25 -  Nest Box Building Workshop

Build a nest box for National Tree Day for a local Bushcare group, school or your backyard.

Meet: 10am - 2pm, Sustainability Learning Centre, Mt Nelson.

More information, including how to RSVP, available here.


July 26 - Derwent Foreshore Community Planting

Help us rehabilitate rare coastal bushland on the Derwent foreshore on National Tree Day. Hosted by Cornelian Bay Bushcare.

Meet:  10am - 12:30pm, Derwent foreshore, Hobart. More information available here.


Aug 23 - The Great Lambert Bug Hunt

Join us for a National Science Week bug hunt to see what little creatures call Lambert Park home. Hosted by Lambert Gully Bushcare.

Meet: 2pm - 4:30pm, Churchill Avenue entrance to Bicentennial Park, Sandy Bay.      



Are you interested in becoming a City of Hobart Bushcare Volunteer?

To find out about the Bushcare program, and what volunteering involves, visit the website. You can also drop by the Hobart Council Centre (16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart) for a Bushcare Volunteer Registration and Induction Session at one of the following times:

Wed 10 June - 1:15pm to 2pm, Mon 6 July -  4:15pm to 5pm or Fri 7 Aug - 1:15pm to 2pm

City of Hobart Volunteer Induction sessions are essential for all new volunteers. Induction sessions can also be arranged at working bees.


Bushcare Says Thankyou

A big thank you to Vodafone who supported the efforts of Cornelian Bay Bushcare by doing a corporate clean-up day at Cornelian Bay.

Well done!


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