30 June 2015

NRM South Snapshot June 2015

Welcome to the June/July edition of the NRM Snapshot. Landcare awards and conference, green army and funding the to the region in the news this month. Happy Winter.

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Tasmanian Landcare Conference and Awards

The 2015 Tasmanian Landcare Awards and Conference ‘Taking Charge of Change’ will be held on 10th and 11th October in the Huon Valley and feature local, Tasmanian and interstate content in field trips, plenary sessions and concurrent workshops exploring three significant themes; Innovation, Knowledge and Celebrating Success. Registrations will open soon.
See here for more info

$5.03M funding for Southern Tas

Southern Tasmania will receive $5.03M funding over the next 3 years, as part of the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme (NLP) regional stream, to be delivered by NRM South via a series of programs and partners.
See more here

Landcare Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Tasmanian Landcare Awards.  Landcarers from across the state are encouraged to nominate the achievements of a Landcare group or individual for this year’s Awards to be held on 10th October.
Further info here

Need help from the Green Army?

Community groups and landholders running environmental projects as well as relevant land managers who want to access the NRM South/ Landcare Tasmania Green Army Team, can consider submitting an EOI to seek an extra pair of hands.
More info on EOIs here

$154K Grants awarded

NRM South has announced the successful recipients of the Naturally Inspired grants for round 8. The 32 recipients of this round include 12 community groups and 20 landholders. Funding of up to $5000 was available per project and selected high value projects also secured additional funding.
See the story here

NRM South membership

NRM South would like to invite people from the community to join NRM South as a member.  Our free membership plays a vital role in providing feedback and input to the organisation, particularly when the AGM occurs on 24 September. If you're interested please visit the following link.
Become an NRM South member

NRM Strategy development

The Natural Resource Management Strategy for Southern Tasmania is progressing well, with drafting well underway.  The consultation draft is due for completion toward the end of September 2015 with the goal of providing an opportunity for the community to have its say on the draft.
Visit our website for updates

Australian of the Year Awards 2016

Know anybody who is making a significant contribution to their local place? You might like to suggest they nominate as a Local Hero in the Australian of the Year awards, open for nominations now.
See the awards here

TFGA Conference

The 2015 TFGA Policy Forum will be held this year 2-3 July in Launceston. The theme of the event is 'Think outside the Square' and the conference also features a Field Trip on the Friday and dinner on Thursday night.
More information here

NIBS Grants. Apply anytime.

The Naturally Inspired Bite-sized program provides support for small, short-term projects ranging from $200-$500. Grants are available all year round, with no set opening or closing period.
More information here


2-3 July TFGA Policy Forum
8 July TIA Roadshow, Richmond
17-19 July Huon Valley Mid-Winterfest
24 July National Tree Day - Schools
26 July National Tree Day
24 August Keep Australia Beautiful Week

24 September NRM South AGM
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29 June 2015

Tasmanian Community Fund News June 2015

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Grant Round 30

The Tasmanian Community Fund received 259 applications in grant round 30 requesting $18.1 million.  After the pre-eligibility check process was completed 212 applications requesting $15.1 million were accepted for assessment.  After careful consideration of each application, the Tasmanian Community Fund Board approved grants totalling $3.61 million to 76 projects. This takes the total amount of funding awarded since 2000 to over $74 million to more than 2 300 projects in all areas of the State.  A full list of successful recipients is available here.

Grant Round 31 (small and medium applications only) will open on 25 July 2015. Guidelines and links to application forms will be available on the website at www.tascomfund.org or by contacting the TCF office on 6232 7043 or 6232 7269.


Bothwell Forum

Community groups are invited to attend a free forum hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund Board at Bothwell from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Monday, 3 August 2015.   The forum will be held at the Central Highlands Council Chambers, Alexander Street, Bothwell.

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.


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26 June 2015

Landcare Australia Landlink 25 June 2015

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Special edition – June 2015

Tell us what you think!


We’d love to find out what it is you like about Landlink and what you’d like to see more of. By completing our short survey before Monday, you’ll go into a draw to win a case of Taylors Wines. Do you want to read more about what other Landcare groups are up to? Maybe you want to find out about funding opportunities or resources your group can use. Let us know, and we can make it happen!



Landcare Awards closing soon – don’t miss out!


If you are in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, ACT or the Northern Territory, you still have some time to nominate for this year’s Landcare Awards. Get in quick before entries start to close on June 30th.

This year there are nine categories suited to every Landcare project you can think of, big or small. We are looking for Coastcare, Indigenous Land Management, Junior Landcare, or sustainable agriculture projects. Maybe you know an awesome Landcare Group, Facilitator or Individual Landcarer who deserves to be recognised. Don’t leave it until 2017 – nominate today!

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  Help save our bees!


The Varroa mite is a blood sucking tick, killing bees across the planet. This pest capable of wiping out entire bee colonies, and has spread to every continent EXCEPT Australia. We all know bees are important to our agricultural sector, but did you realise just how important? James Kershaw, fifth generation Australian bee keeper, tells us that “three out of five pieces of food you put in your mouth have a pollination link to bees.”

We are looking for your help to make sure that our bee population, agricultural sector, and the very food we eat, remains safe from the Varroa Mite. Donate what you can today, spread the word, and help us make a difference.

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24 June 2015

City of Hobart Bushcare News 24 June 2015


City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update

Hi Bushcarers, this week the Bushcare team was pleased to receive applications from local schools for free native plants as part of the City of Hobart's support for National Tree Day. It is great to see so many schools taking advantage of this opportunity. i was also very pleased to see Bushcare groups supporting local schools to make their community a little greener. Well done!

- Lisa Cawthen, Bushcare Coordinator

Waterworks Valley Landcare Working Bee


Green Army assistance for a day

Do you have a project?

The Green Army have been doing amazing work around Tasmania. Due to a cancellation, there is a spare day coming up with the Green Army - next Friday the 3rd of July.

If your Bushcare group have work you would like assistance on for the day then please let the Bushcare Coordinator know ASAP.

Awards - Final call!

Landcare Awards 2015

This is a great opportunity for an individual or group to be recognised for and promote the work they are doing to make Hobart's bushland a better place. Information on the Tasmanian Awards is available here.

Nominations close on 30 June for the Landcare Awards.

Want to nominate someone but need some assistance? Contact the Bushcare Coordinator.



Farewell Stephen Bresnehan

Stephen Bresnehan, the City of Hobart Fire Officer, has left the Bushland and Reserves Term to join the Tasmanian Fire Service. Many Bushcare groups would have worked with Stephen over the years, and we'll miss him very much!

People away

Bushcare Operations Officer

Our Bushcare Operations Officer, Sue Rae, is currently away until 6th July. If you need to discuss anything operational, please contact the Bushcare Coordinator directly.


Less paperwork in the bush

As part of the City of Hobart Bushcare Policy Review, you'll start to see changes to our Bushcare paperwork - simplified activity records and no personnel files taken into the field.


City of Hobart Volunteer Inductions - clarification

We've been advertising City of Hobart Volunteer inductions sessions for new and on-going volunteers. These induction sessions are only required for new volunteers who have submitted a Volunteer Registration Form at their first working bee, and in order to continue working with the Bushcare program, need to complete a full induction and signing of the Volunteer Agreement. This replaces the previous Bushcare-specific volunteer induction process.

For volunteers unable to make a session, an alternative session can be arranged with the Bushcare Coordinator or Bushcare Supervisor at a time convenient for the volunteer.  This may be before or after a working bee, or during the week.

The next two scheduled sessions are: Mon 6 July, 4:15-5pm & Fri 7 Aug, 1:15-2pm

A letter to volunteers – The Future of the Volunteer Training Consortium

The Volunteer Training Consortium is a training program for environmental volunteers which was initiated in August 2012 as a collaboration between: NRM South; Parks and Wildlife Service; Landcare Tasmania; Southern Coastcare Association of Tasmania; Crown Land Services and Southern Region Councils: Kingborough, Huon Valley, Hobart, Clarence, Glenorchy, Sorell and Tasman.

The vision of the group was to support a flourishing volunteer community that is informed, safe, inspired and effective. By working together, we hoped to more efficiently run training courses to support volunteers build knowledge, skills and capacity.

The Volunteer Training Consortium has been hugely successful. Over the three financial years to 30th June 2015, a total of $30,000 was invested by the consortium partners and a total of 183 environmental volunteers benefited from free or heavily subsidised training, including the following:

Training course and Total number of volunteers trained

Provide first aid - 94

Remote area first aid - 10

Chainsaw operator’s licence - 10

Brushcutter use and certificate - 17

Chemcert - 12

Safe use of chemicals - 14

Fire ecology - 26

This is a fantastic outcome and we are thrilled to have been able to support the volunteer community in this way.  As of next financial year, however, the Volunteer Training Consortium will no longer be operating to provide funding and facilitate training for volunteers.

This is due to a combination of factors including that;

·         Many councils have responded to changes in WHS legislation by allocating more resources and funding to volunteer management, and have therefore improved their capacity for managing and training volunteers.

·         There is a high administration effort required to promote the training, and identify priority people to receive the limited training available. There have been several instances where we have organised training and had to cancel it due to lack of RSVPs, or have spent a significant amount of time corresponding with people who express interest in undertaking training, but do not  commit.

·         Many of the consortium partners felt the challenges we have encountered in administering the training has outweighed the benefits.

This will mean that volunteers will need to speak to their local volunteer coordinator about alternative opportunities for maintaining required accreditations and training opportunities.   Despite the Volunteer Training Consortium no longer operating, consortium partners are planning to keep in regular contact with each other to jointly explore capacity building and community engagement opportunities as they arise through a formal Volunteer Coordinators Network with the aim to support each other to be effective volunteer coordinators. 

With the funds that are remaining in the training consortium budget, we are able to schedule one final subsidised training for St John’s Provide First Aid, as follows.  Due to the limited number of places available, volunteer coordinators will need to carefully identify and select appropriate volunteers for this training opportunity. If you are interested in doing this training, please get in touch with your local volunteer coordinator as soon as possible to discuss your possible inclusion.  Contributions of $50 will be collected closer to the time, once your participation is confirmed.

When: Thursday 19th and Friday 20th November 2015 from 9am-4pm each day.

Where: St Johns Training Centre, 177 Main Road Moonah.

How much: A volunteer contribution of $50 per person will be required to secure your place on the training (usual cost $195pp).

Kind Regards,

Ruth Osborne,

Community support liaison; NRM South