With National Tree Day behind us, now's the time to start thinking about next year's plantings. This fortnight we've got plenty of information, events and learning opportunities to tell you about. But first..........
It's that time of year again - Spring is on the way, and with it comes AGM season. The Landcare Tasmania AGM will be held in Hobart on 17 September.
We're currently inviting nominations from community members for positions on our General Committee.
We'll really be gearing up for the 2015 Tasmanian Landcare Conference and Awards - it's going to be here before we know it! Registrations will open very soon.
To make sure you're kept up to date with all the latest conference news, go to our Conference Facebook page and "like" it!
Time to get growing
Back to our plant theme, and here's some opportunities to learn more about native plants and how to grow them:
Vegetation of The Gorge - Launceston, 5 August Native Seed Science - Hobart, 19 August Native Plant Propagation - Dilston, 23 August Coastal Garden Workshops - Wynyard, 19 September and Port Sorell, 20 September
Master TreeGrowers Course - northern Tasmania, starting 14 August An 8 day course for farmers (large and small) and land managers, interested in growing and managing trees for conservation and profit.
For more information and contact details for any of these, see the Events section of our News page. There's lots of other events there too!
Want to know more about grasses? A revised edition of the book “Common Grasses of Tasmania” has recently been published. It contains mainly agricultural grasses, but does have a native section as well. It's available for free download. (Be patient - it may take a little while!)
2015 Census of Vascular Plants of Tasmania - has just been published. The total number of Tasmanian vascular plants is now 2794, of which 1899 are considered native to the State (including 528 endemics), 880 are considered naturalised to some degree, and 27 are considered to be extinct in Tasmania. Available online.
Need some money?
Round 2 of the 20 Million Trees Programme will open in early August. Groups, organisations and individuals - including community groups, schools, landholders and land managers - will be eligible to apply for funding to plant trees on private or public land, including urban and peri-urban environments. Applications will close 16 September. Guidlines and more information are available now - click here.
There are a number of other grants currently open for application. See them on our web News page.
Another way to get some plants
For a very modest fee, you can join the Understorey Network and either grow your own plants, or have someone grow some for you! Find out all about it.
The Understorey Network also has some excess plants available right now, including several hundred Eucalyptus viminalis tube stock, selling for 70 cents each. They also have a few hundred Allocasuarina verticilata and a variety of other stock. Contact Oliver: 0407 352 479 or email@example.com
Reviews and Inquiries
Natural Resource Management Review: Anyone involved or interested in NRM can provide feedback to the review until 31 August 2015. Read more and have your say.
"Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain."
This new definition comes after a two year review project led by Volunteering Tasmania on behalf of Volunteering Australia.
According to the new definition, activism can now be considered volunteering: “This definition is aligned to the current UN position on volunteering that states: ‘When people participate in peaceful activism, for or against animal research or building of a dam, both sides seek what they consider to be beneficial outcomes’. They are included in our definition. Activities involving or inciting violence that harm society and actions not corresponding to the values attributed to volunteerism are not included in our definition”.
For the first time the definition also includes corporate volunteering by an entity and this recognises the entity or company as giving the time rather than a focus on individuals who volunteer within their paid working time.”
Grant Round 31 of the Tasmanian Community Fund is now open. Applications for small grants (up to $10,000) will close at 5.00pm on 2 September 2015. Applications for medium grants ($10,001 to $90,000) will close at 5.00pm on 23 September 2015.
Applicants are encouraged to read the guidelines thoroughly as they provide information on the feedback given to previous applicants, additional advice to applicants and some advice on information to include within the application. 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 website.
Grant Round 32 will open in January/February 2016.
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 email@example.com or phone 6232 7269 to rsvp.
Devonport and Launceston Visits
Tasmanian Community Fund staff will be in 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 Devonport on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 and in Launceston on Wednesday, 19 August 2015. 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.
Tasmanian Community Fund GPO Box 1350, Hobart 7001 www.tascomfund.org