29 March 2016

Landcare Australia News March 2016

 Landcare in Focus | MARCH 2016                                                       View this email in your browser
Celebrating the achievements of the Landcare movement, Landcare in Focus March edition carries the theme Building land resilience: The human face of rural Landcare.  Editorial contributions were invited from across the Landcare network that told of efforts to make the Australian landscape more resilient to adversity - and the community sure responded.
From the opening article on Dakalanta's tonne of native seed, to the tale of how CSIRO research is using Mexican rust fungus to combat Crofton Weed, the edition carries submissions from a fantastic variety of Landcare community members and experts from agriculture, government, business, and research scientists.

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27 March 2016

Tasmanian Community Fund March News

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Launceston Forum
Community groups are invited to attend a free forum hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund Board in Launceston from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Thursday, 7 April 2016. The forum will be held at the Migrant Resource Centre’s Community Hall, Haig Street, Mowbray.
Come along to hear how you can maximise your chances of receiving a grant.
To attend the forum, please email admin@tascomfund.org or phone 6232 7269 to rsvp.
St Vincent de Paul Society (Tasmania)
St Vincent de Paul Society provides services and support to the Tasmanian community with a specific focus on supporting the needs of vulnerable Tasmanians.  As part of its operations, St Vincent de Paul Society operates a range of social enterprises and conducts a variety of fundraising activities to support the services it delivers to the Tasmanian community.  Included in these services are 34 retail outlets offering affordable second hand clothing and household items. More ...
Round 32
The Tasmanian Community Fund received 74 small applications in grant round 32 requesting over $805 000.  Tasmanian Community Fund staff are currently pre-eligibility checking these applications.
The Tasmanian Community Fund received 22 large stage 1 program applications in grant round 32.  All applications were pre-eligibility checked, this includes checking budgets, GST status, sponsor details and eligibility according to the guidelines. Unfortunately, not all applications met the pre-eligibility requirements and as a result they were not able to move to the assessment stage.  After the pre-eligibility check process was completed 16 applications requesting more than $6 million were accepted for assessment.  Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their stage 1 application by mid-April 2016.
Medium applications for Round 32 close at 5pm on 6 April 2016.
Round 33 (small, medium and large infrastructure only) of the Tasmanian Community Fund will open on 23 July 2016.
Happy Easter from the Tasmanian Community Fund Board and staff
The Tasmanian Community Fund Board and staff wish you a happy Easter.
The Tasmanian Community Fund Office will be closed from 5.00pm on Thursday, 24 March 2016.  The office will reopen at 9.00am on Wednesday, 30 March 2016.

18 March 2016

Landcare Tasmania News

Introducing our new Executive Officer.
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Welcome, Rod!
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rod Knight as Executive Officer of Landcare Tasmania.  Rod has a long history of working in the Natural Resource Management sector in Tasmania. He is well respected by his peers in both the NRM and the agriculture sector.

Rod brings a great mix of business management, strategic and analytical thinking and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for Landcare Tasmania.  He has operated an environmental consulting business focused on effective planning and delivery of environmental outcomes for the last 25 years, with experience in the government, business and community sectors.

Landcare Tasmania would also like to thank outgoing acting Executive Officer, Matthew Pitt, for his long term commitment to Landcare Tasmania as President, and then for stepping into the role of acting Executive Officer in August 2015.
Matthew took on a daunting task in the final stages of preparation for the 2015 Landcare Conference, and with the Landcare Tasmania team delivered a high standard Awards dinner and Conference.  Matthew has also maintained Executive functions in his interim capacity, maintaining positive relations with Landcare members, partners and stakeholders, including facilitating the signed Statement of Common Purpose with the regional NRM bodies.  We wish Matthew all the best in his future endeavours.

Landcare Tasmania remains dedicated to continue supporting our members, and developing programs and partnerships to build a strong and viable Landcare community.
Rod will commence work with Landcare Tasmania on Wednesday 30th March.

- Roger Tyshing, President, Landcare Tasmania.

Check your address book
Some time ago we changed our postal address to:
PO Box 4791, Bathurst St, Hobart 7000.

Please check your address book and make sure you have our new address.
We will be closing the old South Hobart PO box at the end of the month.
Video competition
Calling all budding movie directors and film-makers!
The Tasmanian Landcare Fund Schools Video Competition is now open.

We’re inviting high school and college students to make a video or multi-media production which tells the story of a Landcare project funded through the Tasmanian Landcare Fund.

Applications close 27 May.
Read the guidelines and download an application form.
Help us - and win a Landcare Tas prize pack!

We're currently developing a new website and over the next few weeks we'll be inviting you to get involved and share your ideas.
This week - can you help us come up with a new name for our e-news?
Sprout Tasmania has "The Dirt",  NRM South has "Snapshot", Greening Australia has "The Leaf".  Can we go one better?  What would you call it?

Send us your suggestions by Tuesday 29 March.
We're putting together a prize pack for the winning entry!
Other competitions
The National Volunteer Week Photographic Competition has a category for everyone, plus a People's Choice Award.  And you can enter as many times as you like, as long as you do it by 10 April.  Here's all you need to know.

And the Friends of Fernglade also have a photo competition,
closing 25 March.  Find out more.
Places to go and things to do

Huon Small Farms Expo - 20 March, Ranelagh

Love Living Locally - 20 March, Kingston

Healthy Pastures - 23 March, Holwell.
Contact Peter Heading -  0400 737 253 or pheading@nrmnorth.org.au

Bushfire Fuel Reduction Forum - 23 March, Port Sorell

D'Entrecasteaux Marine Debris Clean-up - 2 April, Bruny Island

Bushfire Fuel Reduction Forum - 6 April, Strahan  (contact us for more)

The Power of Parks - 7 April, Hobart

Debris Dive Day - 9 April, George Town

Healthy Horse and Land Expo - 9 April, Campbell Town
NEW!  Culturally Inspired Grants -  grants of up to $5,000 are available for Aboriginal people and organisations in the south, to undertake on-ground works and activities such as cultural and environmental awareness activities, support for training, development of Healthy Land and Sea Plans, on ground actions for sustainable land management and support to youth education or cultural mentoring activities.  Expressions of Interest close 27 April.  Find out more.

Christopher Strong NRM Fellowship – open to any individual, school or community group undertaking a project in a rural or urban area, in the Tamar region.  Close date is 31 March.

RACT Community Grants - closing 31 March

Huon Helping Hand Community Grants - from Huon Aquaculture.
Applicants need not necessarily be in the Huon area.
Close date 25 March. 

Go to our News page (down the bottom) for other grants.  There's still several open for application, some closing very soon.
Still looking for more reading?
Have you seen Swift Chatter?
It's a quarterly newsletter from the NRM crew at Clarence City Council, providing tips for groups, news from working bees, Council and local community, and other information.  It's always a good read, regardless of where you live.  The Summer 2016 edition includes articles on Vinca major and feral cats.  Download here.

Interested in law and politics?
For news on legal cases, happenings in parliament and opportunities to comment on draft plans, issues papers and more, read the fortnightly bulletin from EDO Tasmania.

And something for your reference library
New National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia were launched this week - available online here.
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