18 September 2015

Landcare Tasmania News

This fortnight we want to tell you about food........
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We love food!
And food will be a big highlight of our Conference and Awards weekend.
Chef Roy Leurs and the students of the Huon Trade Training Centre will prepare dinner for our Awards night on Saturday 10 October.
Roy has made a special effort to source food from local producers, and will use this in addition to items donated by our generous sponsors and supporters.
(Photos:  Roy and some of the students at our media launch earlier this week)

Local produce will also feature prominently on our field trips on Saturday, and at the conference on Sunday 11 October.
*****  Conference registrations close on 30 September  *****
Some events have strict limits on numbers, so don't risk missing out.
Register online now.

A couple of other conference reminders:

Show off
The conference provides a great opportunity to catch up with other landcarers, and to "show and tell" them about your work.
Groups and individuals are invited to have a poster display or small stall at the conference venue.  Click for more info.

Show up
You can make a difference - sign up to help our organising team!   We're especially looking for assistance with set-up in both Cygnet and Huonville on Saturday between 10am and 4 pm., and pack-up on both days.  Your help for even a couple of hours will be greatly appreciated!  Sign up here or contact us at the office - call 6234 7117.

Show bags
Reach a captive audience!
You or your group can include materials such as brochures in our conference bag.  See details here, or contact us.
Still on food

Food Science Extravaganza - Hobart, 25 September, 6 - 8 pm
More info.

Fork to Fork is a project developed by Sprout Tasmania, which aims to provide an online marketplace for the sale of Tasmanian food. Whether you're a producer or consumer, you might be interested.  Check out their website.
AGM and new General Committee

The new Landcare Tasmania General Committee was elected at our AGM yesterday evening.  Welcome to new members:  Josie Kelman, Steve Joyce, Rae Young and Roger Tyshing.  The new Executive Committee is:  Roger Tyshing (President), Anthea Fergusson (Vice-President), Pene Thornton (Secretary) and Teresa Sparks (Treasurer).
Thanks to retiring members Nicole Tucker, Peter Lawrence and Leanne Sherriff.
Leanne deserves special mention for her enormous contribution since joining the committee in 2002/03.  Leanne has been heavily  involved with steering and assessment committees for the Tasmanian Landcare Fund and other large grant programs, has helped the organisation secure major funding, and has been on organising committees for past conferences.  We wish her well!

Our 2014-15 Annual Report is available on our website, or click here.
Have your say

Draft NRM Strategies for comment

NRM North and NRM South have released their Draft Natural Resource Management Strategies for 2015-20, and they'd like to know what you think!

Read more and have your say -  NRM North, and  NRM South.
For information on the Cradle Coast NRM Strategy, click here.

To find out about other opportunities to comment on local, state and national issues, the best place to go is the EDO Tasmania bulletin.
Other events coming up

October is Worksafe Month - many  health and safety related talks, forums, activities, webinars and more, all over the State.

Check out what the Friends of Mount Field and the Wellington Park Bushcare group are up to.  Better still, go along to one of their working bees and experience it first-hand!

See the latest City of Hobart Bushcare newsletter for some interesting talks and outdoor activities around Hobart - includes a Q & A session on cats, and a talk on the world of ants.

Lead, Inspire, Grow
A free youth leadership programme for ages 12-16, held during the summer holidays at Camp Clayton.  Applications for 2016 close 6 November.   More information.

And go to our web News page for more events.
Need some plants?
Depending on where you live, you may still have time to do some planting.
Marion Bay Coastcare have some surplus plants on sale at give-away prices.  Money raised will go towards their Marion Bay viewing platform project.
Plants available:  tea trees, eucalypts (white gums E.viminalis, black peppermints E amygdalina, white peppermints E.pulchella, black gum E.ovata, stringybark E.obliqua and silver peppermint E.tenuiramis).  Most of these will need to be in the ground by November.
They also have some blackwoods, banksias, oyster bay pines and she oaks which will last through till next planting season.
Prices:  $1 each, 10 for $8, 50 for $30.

Contact Andrew North  (6253 5538 or 0409 535 538) or Carly Lambert:  carlyllambert@gmail.com
Social Media - want to know more?
The southern Volunteer Coordinators Network is considering running an introductory social media workshop early next year, for volunteers and group convenors - subject to sufficient interest.
This would be aimed at people with little knowledge (and perhaps a little fear) of social media such as Facebook. 

If you may be interested, or would like to know more, please contact Vicki at Landcare Tas by email or phone 6234 7117.
As usual......
If you're looking for current grants and other funding opportunities, check our web News.

Happy weekending!
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17 September 2015

City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News 17 September


City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update

Hi Bushcarers, if you are thinking of whether to come to the Tasmanian Landcare Conference and Awards, please do! It will be a great catch-up of Landcare/Bushcare/Coastcare folk from around Tasmania. The Bushcare team hope to see you there!

  - Lisa Cawthen, Bushcare Coordinator

Bushcare's Major Day Out, Mount Nelson, September 2015



Community Engagement Forums

Following the successful trial of Community Forums in April 2015, the Council formally approved Community Forums as a permanent addition to its existing community engagement mechanisms.  They resolved to hold a series of four Community Engagement Forums annually - three to be held in alternating neighbourhood areas and one to be held at the Hobart Town Hall as part of the Council's Annual General Meeting.

The next forum is scheduled for Tuesday 22 September 2015 in Sandy Bay at the Derwent Sailing Squadron.For more information go here.


Live & Learn Educational Workshop 

Sustainable Living Tasmania is running a course over 7 workshops that cover each of SLT’s themes: building (and the built environment), energy, food (and growing), living, transport, waste, and water. Live & Learn is targeted at people who are already motivated to create change in their own lives and community and are looking for knowledge, skills, motivation and support to help achieve an environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

The course dates are every Wednesday night from the 14th of October until the 25th of November, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. The cost is discounted to $125 until this Sunday September 6th , then the full fee of $139 is applicable. For more information call 6234 5566 or visit www.slt.org.au/live_learn



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.

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

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.


LED Talks, Walks and Workshops:
Leading Environmental Discoveries

A series of community focussed Twilight Talks, Wild-side Walks and Workshops celebrating Tasmania’s biodiversity and range of scientific literacies involved in analysing, interpreting and appreciating our multilayered macro and micro ecosystems.

Venue: Sustainability Learning Centre 50 Olinda Grove, Mt Nelson

Intended Audience: open to families and community members

How to book a place? Numbers are limited and bookings are essential. Find out more email sustainability.learning.centre@education.tas.gov.au

Botanical Arts Workshops: Deborah Wace Artist /Designer
Learn from innovative botanic print artist Deb Wace through participating in the series of 3 workshops to master and make your very own mono print. See Deb’s work
Workshop Dates
Sat Sept 12 Workshop 1: 10 am – 3.30 pm
Sat Sept 19 Workshop 2: 10 am – 3.30 pm
Tues Sept 22nd Workshop 3: 6.00 – 9.30 pm
Cost: $50 for workshop series Bookings close: 4th September
Workshop outline:

Study native plants under the microscope, draw and scale up the works, transfer images onto the plates and print them using mono print and dry-point intaglio printmaking techniques. The public exhibition resulting from the workshops will showcase the learning process and demonstrate the progression of ideas and accomplished finished works.

Botanical Arts Exhibition Opening Thursday September 25th 5.30 pm at the Sustainability Learning Centre Exhibition dates 25th Sept – 12th October

Q&A Talk: Thursday October 29th
Cats - pets or pests?

Q&A session with
Kaylene Allan - Cat Management Officer and Tasmanian Conservation Trust
Nick Mooney - Wildlife biologist
Rowena Hamer - UTAS        DPIPWE representative

Bookings open now – sustainability.learning.centre@education.tas.gov.au
Bookings close: Friday 23rd October
Venue: Sustainability Learning Centre 50 Olinda Grove, Mt Nelson
Time: 5 pm – 6.30 pm
Cost: Free Supported by:

Micro world of ants
Become an ant explorer
with Dr Peter McQuillan
from the Centre for Environmental Studies University of Tasmania
Time: Saturday 7th November 2- 4 pm
Venue: Sustainability Learning Centre
50 Olinda Grove
Mt Nelson
*Meet at the SLC carpark ready for an ant exploration
Cost: Free Wild-Side walk
Bookings open now – sustainability.learning.centre@education.tas.gov.au
Bookings close: Friday 30th October