We hope you're all enjoying some rain today. This fortnight we've included some fire-related information along with the usual events and other opportunities.
New UTAS project
Is your group interested in engaging with the University of Tasmania? The new UTAS CARES collaborative is a joint effort between UTAS staff and students and CARE groups, and is inviting groups from the south to be part of its citizen science (participant action research) initiatives in 2016.
It's hoped that this initiative will help to grow the number of UTAS volunteers engaged in CARE group activity and provide a greater variety of activities for CARE group volunteers.
With fires burning around the State, Volunteering Tasmania is inviting volunteers to register with their new emergency volunteering service. EV CREW (Community Response to Extreme Weather) is a system designed to match volunteers skills, availability and location with the needs of organisations delivering recovery activities after an emergency. Keep in mind that the biggest need is usually in the recovery period, in the weeks, months and years following an emergency event. (The people you'll see on the home page of the EV CREW website are in fact some of our wonderful Landcare Tas volunteers who helped with restoration work after the 2013 bushfires!)
Have you or your community been affected by the recent fires?
Please let the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association know if you, your neighbour, or your community has had bushfire damage, including:
Infrastructure (fences, buildings),
Pasture and crop loss,
Utility issues (power outages, water).
This information (not your individual details) will be provided to Government to indicate the extent of the bushfire damage to the agricultural sector. Contact TFGA Reception on 6332 1800 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about the current fires
Here's an interesting website - Sentinel is a national bushfire monitoring system that provides timely information about hotspots to emergency services.
PWS has banned campfires at high risk campgrounds in reserves until further notice. Unbelievably, in spite of this, and four consecutive days of total fire bans, PWS staff had to put out over 20 campfires in the south last weekend!!! Read more about their efforts to protect areas of high conservation value.
What's the climate outlook ?
The prediction for Tasmania is for higher than normal temperatures and above average rainfall for February - April. See more detail.
Congratulations Jayne Shapter - West Tamar 2016 Citizen of the Year!
Jayne was recognised for her amazing contributions to West Tamar Landcare, and also for her work with guides and scouts, the Show Society, the church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was hailed as a tireless environmentalist and a source of great landcare wisdom in the municipality and wider region. Jayne has been the driving force behind the Tamar Ragwort Raids for 15 years or more. Some of you will remember her from the 2013 Tasmanian Landcare Awards, where she was presented with the State Landcare Co-ordinator/Facilitator Award. Well done Jayne, from the staff and general committee of Landcare Tasmania!
Well done, Jane Hutchinson - finalist in the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards. Jane plans to use the next year encouraging Tasmanians to get out among nature and urging decision-makers to make the most of the state’s “natural capital”. She argues that protecting biodiverse places is a much cheaper option than trying to repair the land later. Read more in last Saturday's Mercury article.
Farewell Lee Drummond - retiring from her role asAustralian Government NRM officer. Lee will be known to many groups and volunteers for her work in administering Australian Government funding and supporting the delivery of projects. Best wishes for the future, Lee!
Furnished Office for Rent
Approximately 19 m2
$560/month inc. GST
Free access to boardroom via booking
Access to kitchenette
Phone (calls not included)
Furnished with desk, office chair, 1 set of shelves, mobile pedestal drawers and two filing cabinets
Great neighbours too!
Grant Round 32 of the Tasmanian Community Fund is now open. Applications for small grants (up to $20,000) will close at 5.00pm on 16 March. Applications for medium grants ($20,001 to $90,000) will close on 6 April. Stage 1 applications for large program grants ($100 000 to $500 000) will close on 24 February. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in mid-June 2015.
All applicants are encouraged to read the guidelines thoroughly as they provide information on eligible projects, the feedback given to previous applicants, additional advice to applicants and 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 email@example.com) before submitting their application. The guidelines and the application forms are available on the Tasmanian Community Fund website.
Grant Round 33 including small, medium and large infrastructure grants will open on 23 July 2016.
Burnie and Launceston Visits
Tasmanian Community Fund staff will be in Burnie and Launceston in mid February. 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 Burnie on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 and in Launceston on Thursday, 11 February 2016. 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.
George Town Forum
Community groups are invited to attend a free forum hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund Board in George Town from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Thursday, 18 February 2016. The forum will be held at the George Town Council Chambers, 16-18 Anne Street, George Town.
Come along to hear how you can maximise your chances of receiving a grant.
To attend the forum, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 6232 7269 to rsvp.
This forum was originally scheduled for Launceston but due to unforeseen circumstances has had to be relocated. A forum will be held in Launceston on 7 April 2016.
Self Help Workplace
Self Help Workplace is an Australian Disability Enterprise providing supported employment for more than 50 adults with a disability. Employees are provided with productive and meaningful employment that enables them to enjoy independent and fulfilling lives. The team work in four commercial divisions: Prime Timber (manufacture of pine and hardwood products such as pallets, produce bins and stakes); Merit Commercial Solutions (mailouts, print finishing, data entry, component assembly), Encore (second hand clothing outlet) and Plenty Catering and Hire (corporate catering service). In addition, Self Help Workplace runs a life skills program to provide its employees with independent living skills such as maintaining a kitchen garden, cooking, personal and work hygiene and literacy and numeracy. More ...
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