27 February 2016

Tasmanian Community Fund News

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Anglican Parish of New Town and Lenah Valley
The Anglican Parish of New Town and Lenah Valley has been providing social and spiritual support to the local community for over 90 years. The Parish is also responsible for managing the St James Community Hall which is co-located with the church.
As evidence of their commitment to their community, the Parish has engaged a children and families employee to offer social and spiritual support to children and families within their community.  They have also, over recent years, invested considerable funds in building improvements to ensure that the community hall meets current standards and is available as a meeting place and community facility for the foreseeable future. More ...
Round 32
The Tasmanian Community Fund received 22 large stage 1 program applications requesting more than $7.68 million in Grant Round 32.
These applications are currently being pre-eligibility checked.
Small applications for Round 32 close at 5pm on 16 March 2016.  Medium applications for Round 32 close at 5pm on 6 April 2016.
George Town Visit
The Tasmanian Community Fund Board recently visited George Town. As part of the visit, Board members toured previously funded projects including the Port Dalrymple School Parents and Friends, the Ainslie Complex Auxiliary, George Town Norfolk, George Town SES and the Low Head Pilot Station Support Group. The Board also held a community forum.
The project tour and community forum provided an opportunity for community members to provide feedback to the Board on the outcomes, progress and issues relating to their projects and the issues that are facing the communities of George Town and surrounding areas.   Receiving feedback and information from the community is vital in enabling the Tasmanian Community Fund Board to make decisions in the best interests and on behalf of the Tasmanian community.
The Board thanks all community members who attended the tour and the forum for their enthusiasm and commitment to their community and for their openness and willingness to share their knowledge with the Board.
The Board looks forward to their upcoming visit to Launceston.
Guys Gotta Know
Congratulations to the Women’s Legal Service Tasmania on the launch of the Guys Gotta Know website.  The website provides legal information for young men on a wide variety of issues.
The Service previously created a similar website called Girls Gotta Know for young women.
Final Reports
Recipients of Tasmanian Community Fund grants are reminded that they must submit a final report by the date nominated in the grant deed.  If the report is not received Tasmanian Community Fund staff will implement the process outlined in the Overdue Reporting Process outlined on the Fund’s website.
When providing a final report recipients are encouraged to provide all the requested information and to include photos, evaluation report (if relevant), manuals or publications, promotional material or feedback received on the project.  Grant recipients are also required to provide a signed financial statement (in the format provided by the Tasmanian Community Fund in the final report template) and evidence of all expenditure including salaries and wages, internal journals associated with costs to the project and evidence that the contribution attributed to the grantee organisation or other funding sources in the grant deed has been spent.
Recipients are encouraged to contact the Tasmanian Community Fund office on 6232 7269 if any final report requirements are unclear or if they are unable to meet the final report deadline.

NRM South News

Your monthly NRM update for Southern Tasmania
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Hello and welcome to the February edition of NRM South's newsletter. We hope you're enjoying the best of what Tasmania's late summer has to offer - the Apple Isle certainly lives up to its name at this time of year! We're excited to be launching our first ever photo competition for National Volunteer Week and are really looking forward to seeing the entries, read on to learn more about it as well as an update from World Wetlands Day celebrations, what pakana services have been getting up to (including being featured in the Sunday Tasmanian newspaper!) and some interesting upcoming events.

2016 National Volunteer Week Photo Comp Now Open!

In celebration of this year's National Volunteer Week, NRM South, in collaboration with Hobart City Council Bushcare, is launching an exciting new photo competition with the theme 'Caring For Our Environment'.

It's free to enter, you can enter as many times as you like, and there are some great prizes up for grabs! CLICK HERE for competition details and get snapping!

Naturally Inspired Grants - Last Call!

Our Naturally Inspired grants launched on the 3rd of February - and are closing soon. Naturally Inspired Grants of up to $5,000 are available for community groups, schools, not-for-profits, individual landowners, farmers, fishers, and primary industry groups to undertake projects that deliver positive environmental change or sustainable agriculture initiatives.

If you're considering putting in an application, don't delay! Applications for the community stream close on March 6th while the landowner stream closes on March 13th. Don't hesitate to give us a call if you need any help with putting together your application. Visit http://www.nrmsouth.org.au/grants/ for more information, guidelines and application forms.

World Wetlands Day Wrap-up

World Wetlands Day was a big deal in Southern Tasmania this year – with a number of events spanning several days held across the region.

The first scheduled event saw NRM South join forces with Clarence City Council, Sorell Council and BirdLife Tasmania, amongst others. Throughout the day a series of informative and fun activities were on offer; including an open day, displays, talks, music and wetland poetry (at the Grote Reber Museum, Mt. Pleasant Radio Telescope Observatory in Cambridge), a saltmarsh stroll at Orielton Lagoon and a “Dog’s Breakfast” at the Sorell dog park.

Later in the week, NRM South attended the World Wetlands Day Treasure hunt at Kingston Wetlands, which was supported by Kingborough Council and Sustainable Living in Kingborough’s Marina Debria project. To cap off celebrations, NRM South teamed up with Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service and BirdLife Tasmania with an event on the banks of Moulting Lagoon, comprising information displays, kids' activities, competitions and birdwatching.

This series of events proved popular with the community, attracting kids and adults alike, and was a great way to promote the importance of protecting our local wetland environments.

Keeping the Channel Clear

Bruny Island is definitely one of the jewels in Southern Tasmania's crown, however it isn't immune to the increasing problem of marine debris in our waterways. A major coastal clean up is currently being planned for the beach between Alonnah and Simpson Bay on Saturday the 2nd of April, co-organised through the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration and Sustainable Living in Kingborough’s “Marina Debria” program.

The aim is to engage local organisations, groups and volunteers and to make a real difference to waterway health in the channel.  If successful, the Collaboration hopes to repeat the program annually at locations across the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon coast. A number of other organisations are already involved, including the University of Tasmania Dive Club, Bruny Island Boat club, Tassal, and Conservation Volunteers Australia.

The clean-up will run from 10am – 1pm, followed by a BBQ.

Volunteers will need to register their interest - check the EventBrite link to sign on, or contact the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration Coordinator, Nepelle Crane (ncrane@nrmsouth.org.au) for more information.

pakana services - Closing the Gap by opening up opportunities

The release of the 2016 Closing the Gap report into the circumstances of Indigenous Australians has presented a mixed outcome in how successfully key targets are being met. These targets focus on health, education and employment; recognised as essential drivers in addressing the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. While progress is being made across the board in the areas of health and education, addressing disparities in Indigenous employment is one target that stands out as falling below the benchmark, and has in fact declined in recent years.

However, here in the south-east of Tasmania, an Indigenous training and employment organisation has been going from strength to strength in the face of socio-economic challenges and pressures. pakana services is a not-for-profit, social enterprise developed to provide work and training for Aboriginal people in natural resource management, agriculture and other industry sectors. It is also a stand-out example of a program that with a minimum of funding, has been changing peoples’ lives for the better and creating much needed opportunities and career pathways for members of the Aboriginal community.


Learning how to get the most out of soil

A group of 15 people attended the Soil Nutrient Use Efficiency workshop on Bruny Island in early February, a joint initiative between NRM South, Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool International.  Hosted by Bruce Michael at Murrayfield and presented by agricultural specialist Luke Taylor, the workshop helped farmers learn about what soil test numbers mean and how to carry out soil tests for sodicity, salinity and pH; which influence soil nutrients and pasture productivity.

Using Murrayfield as a case study, attendees looked at how phosphorus and other key nutrients limit pasture growth and by using soil testing and nutrient maps were able to see how it’s possible to build a picture of the quantity and type of fertilisers needed in any given year with good accuracy, promoting an efficient fertiliser use that helps maximise pasture production. This approach ensures graziers only put on what they need when they need it, helping the farm be more productive, reduce environmental impacts relating to fertilisers (keeping the fertiliser on the farm) and ultimately helping the farmers bank balance!

A big thank you to Bruce for hosting the workshop, sharing his experiences managing the pastures at Murrayfield and cooking a great BBQ for everyone!
The Gathering - St Helens, May 2016
Tasmanian Women in Agriculture recognise the needs and aspirations of people involved in agriculture, business and living in rural communities, in particular women and their families in Tasmania. The Gathering is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate their efforts in building their communities and regional economies, as well as a chance to network and mix with each other, making new friends and renewing old acquaintances. For further information visit http://twia-gathering.com
Huon Small Farms Expo
Ranelagh Showgrounds 20 March

The aim of the Huon Small Farms Expo is to give people the tools and knowledge they need to succeed at getting the most out of their farm. It doesn’t matter if you just want a vegetable patch or want to launch a gourmet produce business, the Huon Small Farms Expo is here for you. Our area of Tasmania is nationally iconic for great food, great produce, and innovative new ideas after all. The event is run by volunteers and provided free to the public for the purpose of bettering the whole Huon Valley and beyond.
2016 Healthy Horse & Land Expo
Campbell Town Showgrounds 9 April

Visit the expo to see demonstrations and trade stalls covering topics including native Tasmanian fodder and shelter plants, hoof care, laminitis, biomechanics, healthy soils and pastures, biosecurity and emergency planning, horse bodywork, horse supplements plus more! Guest presenter Mariette van den Berg from MB Equine Services will provide practical advice on property design and management for healthy horses and land sustainability.
26 February: Mammal monitoring workshops (various locations, Hobart)
27 February: Koonya Garlic Festival

5 March: World Wildlife Day/Parks Week (Hobart)
6 March: Clean Up Australia Day
7 March: ESA Landscape Forum ' Considering fire when managing biodiversity'
13 March:
Plant ID and grazing management workshop (Huon Valley)
17 March: Ahead of the Game – effective farm management (Carrick)
19 March: Bream Creek Show
20 March: Love Living Locally (Kingston)
20 March: Huon Small Farm Expo (Ranelagh)


2 April: D'Entrecasteaux Channel Marine Debris Clean Up (Bruny Island)
2 April: Seafest 2016 (Triabunna)
9 April: Healthy Horse and Land Expo
(Campbell Town)
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