25 August 2015

Landcare Australia Focus e-magazine

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                                                                                                                                                                                          AUGUST 2015
To commemorate the 2015 International Year of Soils, soil is explored as a special focus for this edition of Landcare in Focus. Some of the issues we look at include how farmers are conserving and restoring soils – that's the question that Soils for Life seeks to answer by collating outstanding land management practices from around Australia. You can also read about Queensland's Scott and Melissa Dowling's use of laser-levelling to redistribute flood-affected topsoil across the damage zone of their 300ha farm to recover from Tropical cyclone Oswald.

After Australia's first Threatened Species Summit last month, we report on the impact for Landcarer and talk to a Victorian group working to protect the threatened Loddon Curlew, at risk of survival due to loss of habitat and redundant survival strategy.

Friends are a great thing to have but when does this translate into improvements on the ground? We speak to bushcare groups in the Shire of Mundaring – the 644 square kilometre shire has 87 Bushcare Friends groups who collectively make a big contribution to maintaining the integrity of bushland isolated by development. Plus, there's Green Army and 20 Million Trees updates, information about the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and more!

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19 August 2015

Landcare Australia August News

Raise your forks Australia!
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Australia, have you thought about where your food comes from and how it gets to your fork?

From Farm to Fork, an initiative of Landcare Australia, is a campaign all about getting together to enjoy awesome Australian food, while supporting the farmers that make it possible.

Some 157,000 farmers on 135,000 Australian farms produce 93% of the total volume of food consumed in Australia and feed 40 million people outside Australia each day.*

From Farm to Fork will support the farmers who are working to make sure our land not only produces the food we need now, but produces enough food to feed our kids – and our kids’ kids.

It’s about helping these farmers respond to the growing number of challenges they are facing while keeping our landscapes healthy and productive.

These challenges are real.

You can change this!

Register Now
Put Australia on your plate this Spring by hosting a From Farm to Fork Feast at your home, workplace, school or in your local community and asking your guests to donate -you can host any event that showcases the awesome array of Australian food we’re lucky enough to enjoy! How about a traditional BBQ or a vegetarian feast? Whatever your idea, make sure it’s fresh, sustainable and from the land.
Click here for further info
You could also give your health a boost by taking part in a Fresh Living Challenge by eating Australian grown fresh food and raising funds -this means no processed foods, no junk food or soft drinks. Take the challenge for either a week, a month or if you really want to challenge yourself, take our special 60 day challenge.
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Or nominate your favourite restaurant this Spring and ask them to raise a fork to our farmers and host a special From Farm to Fork restaurant event.

They can do anything from hosting a special event to showcase produce from your local area, host a special fundraising night with raffles, auctions or even a trivia night, or throw a Spring feast.

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By taking part in From Farm to Fork, you will make a difference by supporting three great causes:

1. Supporting our farmers (Click here to find out more)
2. Helping kids understand where their food comes from (Click here to find out more)
3. The amazing work being undertaken by local Landcare groups. (Click here to find out more)
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By taking part in From Farm to Fork, you are helping us achieve this vision, which will make a positive difference for generations to come.

If you would like to register, click here or if you would like further information, please click here or contact
fromfarmtofork@landcareaustralia.com.au or 1800 151 105.

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City of Hobart Bushcare News 19 August


City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update

Hi Bushcarers,

Keep your eyes peeled for the up coming edition of the Bandicoot Times and Working Bee Program. It's jam packed full of activities including native plant give aways, doggy and orchid walks and much more! In the Bushcare team, we've had another action packed fortnight  at the Festival of Bright Ideas (read more below) and organizing our Spring activities. We hope to see lots of familiar faces at our events this Spring and at the Tasmanian Landcare conference! For those who haven't made it to the snow this Winter, below is a glimpse of my personal foray to the snow at Fern Tree. Absolutely magical!

- Lisa Cawthen, Bushcare Coordinator

The Bushcare Coordinator's Foray to Silver Falls, Fern Tree (August 2015)



Festival of Bright Ideas

On Friday and Saturday, we were at the Festival of Bright ideas showcasing what Bushcare is all about. On Friday, 1500 school children came through the Festival, and on Saturday 1000s of people streamed through the doors on the public open day.

We've already seen dozens of people sign up to our e-mail list, and lots of enquirers about up and coming activities!

Bushcare - Bush Adventures Stall

Showcasing the animals that call Hobart's bush home

Exploring what animal's live in the Hobart Rivulet

More people are finding out what Bushcare is all about!

We've seen a huge increase in the number of people finding out what Bushcare is all about with an 80% increase in website visits this year compared to last.

Facebook has also revolutionized how we engage with the community, with  over 900 people discovering what Bushcare has been doing last week alone!

Consider using our Facebook page to promote your group's success stories, discoveries and events!

The City of Hobart Golden Secateurs Award - Nominations Open!

We haven't received any nominations yet.. but don't worry.. you have plenty of time to nominate!

Presented at the Bushcare Annual BBQ

Awarded to an individual Bushcare volunteer who:

- has leadership qualities that inspire others in our community both now and into the future

- has made a positive and lasting impact on Hobart’s natural values,

is recognized as one who inspires others to contribute to preserving the environment,

-   who has shown commitment, enthusiasm, creative thinking and a willingness to help others.

Send your nominations to the Bushcare Coordinator by email: bushcare@hobartcity.com.au or Post: PO Box 503, Hobart, 7001


Conference Support

Tasmanian Landcare Conference and Awards

NRM South and SCAT are pleased to offer a limited number of subsidies of $150 per person to community volunteers in Southern Tasmania attending the 2015 Tasmanian Landcare Conference (details below). 

This opportunity is open to all Landcare, Coastcare, Bushcare, Green Army and ‘Friends of’ volunteers who can demonstrate their dedicated involvement in natural resource management activities in the Southern region over the last two years. 

 Applications can be made here or contact the Bushcare team for the application form.

All applications must be submitted before September 3rd 


The Great Lambert Bug Hunt

This Sunday, hosting by Lambert Gully Bushcare. Details here.

Everyone welcome!

Bushcare's Major Day Out

Sept 13, 10am-12:30pm

Join Mount Nelson Bushcare at 12 Olinda Grove, Mount Nelson, for a cuppa, native plant give away and activities for the whole family!

Tasmanian Landcare Conference and Awards

Oct 10-11

I hope many Bushcarers will join me at this years Tasmanian Landcare Conference and Awards to be held in the Huon Valley. It's a great opportunity to meet other environmental volunteers, learn new techniques and promote what you do! Registrations are now open! Register here.

Speed dating for Seniors Week 

Oct 14

Bushcare will be at a Volunteer Speed Dating session held by Volunteering Tasmania during Seniors Week. Find out more information here.

Friends of Knocklofty and South Hobart Bushcare will also be holding Bushcare for Seniors activities!

Sustainable Living Festival

Oct 31-1 Nov, 10am-4pm

Bushcare and Bush Adventures will be here, includes a native plant give away at the Bushcare stall! For details go here.

Knocklofty Open Day

Nov 15, 10am-2pm

An opportunity for the community to discover Knocklofty Reserve and share their memories of the Reserve. More details to come!

Bushcare Annual BBQ - New venue!

Nov 29, 12-3pm

Mount Nelson School Hall, 388 Mount Nelson Road, Mount Nelson

This is a great opportunity for Bushcare volunteers, Council staff and supporters to come together, have a laugh, and celebrate the incredible contribution that volunteers have made to making Hobart's bushland a better place.

Bushcare Annual Planning

Don't forget it is never too late to talk to your group, supervisor and the Bushcare team about your ideas for what to do in 2016! Things to ponder:

Do you want to venture into new sites?

Engage the community in a walk, talk or other hands on activity?

Do you want to get your group involved in wildlife monitoring?

Or does your group want to assist a private property adjacent a bushland area to tackle weeds?