31 May 2016

Tasmanian Community Fund News

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Round 32
The Tasmanian Community Fund received 205 applications in grant round 32 requesting $14.29 million. After the pre-eligibility check process was completed 161 applications requesting $11.4 million were accepted for assessment. After careful consideration of each application, the Tasmanian Community Fund Board approved grants totalling $1.86 million to 55 projects. This takes the total amount of funding awarded since 2000 to more than $77 million to nearly 2 500 projects in all areas of the State. Applicants are currently being advised of the outcome of their application.  A full list of successful recipients in Grant Round 32 will be available here on 6 June 2016.
Grant Round 33 will open on 23 July 2016. Guidelines and links to application forms will be available, shortly before the round opens, on the website at www.tascomfund.org or by contacting the TCF office on 6232 7043 or 6232 7269.
Clarence Visit
The Tasmanian Community Fund Board recently toured previously funded projects in the Clarence Municipality including the Clarence Plains Child and Family Centre, the Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood House, the Tasmanian Family History Society, Citywide Mornington, the Clarence City Band and the Tasmanian Sound Preservation Society. 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 Clarence. 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 Wynyard.
New Norfolk Forum
Community groups are invited to attend a free forum hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund in New Norfolk from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Thursday, 16 June 2016. The forum will be held at the Lions Club of New Norfolk, Willow Court, George Street, New Norfolk.
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.
The Tasmanian Community Fund Board thanks the New Norfolk Lions Club for organising the forum on behalf of their community.
Community Infrastructure Grant Round
The community infrastructure targeted grant round is now open with applications closing at 5pm on 22 June 2016.
The Tasmanian Community Fund is seeking to fund a range of projects (up to $50 000) that build or improve community infrastructure:
  • Skate parks –improvements to existing skate parks or the construction of new parks
  • Bike tracks/parks – improvements to existing tracks/parks, construction of new tracks/parks or the development of infrastructure to support community use of tracks/parks
  • Walking trails/tracks – improvements to existing trails/tracks, construction of new trails/tracks or the development of infrastructure to support community use of trails/tracks
  • Playgrounds – construction of new playgrounds or improvements to existing playgrounds
  • Outdoor exercise equipment – installation of new equipment.
The guidelines and application form are available from the Tasmanian Community Fund website.
King Island Historical Society
The King Island Historical Society operates the King Island Maritime Museum from the home of the first Currie lighthouse keeper.  The Museum houses a significant collection of historical shipwreck items and maritime artifacts such as the original Cape Wickham Lighthouse lens and along with a variety of other items significant to the Island.
The Society recognised the community interest in the approaching 150th anniversary of the Netherby shipwreck and the need to provide accessible information and displays to meet the community’s needs. More...

24 May 2016

Hobart City Bushcare Bandicoot Times

City of Hobart Bushcare Winter News Update
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Welcome to the City of Hobart Bushcare Winter News Update

This season there is a lot happening in Hobart's bush including National Tree Day and National Science Week activities.

Bandicoot Times Newsletter

What mysterious animal did we discover during Clean Up Australia Day activities? How can brain science help us? What's Cragcare? This and more in the latest edition of the Bandicoot Times.

Working Bee Program

Help protect urban woodlands, wrangle weeds or join us for National Tree Day. There are a range of activities you can get involved in to help care for Hobart's bush. Find out more in the latest Bushcare Working Bee Program.

Bush Adventures  Program

Winter is a wonderful time to appreciate our beautiful temperate environment and there's an activity for everyone in the latest Bush Adventures program.

Special Events

You are all invited to the Franklin Square Park Re-Opening, Friday 27 May,12 noon to 6pm. There will be live music, food vendors, children activities and free pilates.

23 May 2016

Hobart Bushcare News

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City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update

Hi Bushcarers, thanks to everyone who attended the National Volunteer Week Caring for our Environment Photo exhibition.  I was thrilled to see volunteers from Bushcare, Landcare, Wildcare, Coastcare, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy and more come together to celebrate environmental volunteerism. A big congratulations to all the photo competition winners, particularly our young carers whose photos were incredibly inspiring. As Winter approaches, don't forget to take advantage of our Bushcare special morning/afternoon teas. It's a great way to brighten up a Winter working bee!
- Lisa Cawthen, Bushcare Coordinator
Caring for our Environment Photo Competition Winners, 2016

Training sessions

Volunteer  Bushcare Supervisor Training
Thur 2 June,  10:30am - 12:30pm, The Glass House Meeting Room, via Town Hall Car Park off Elizabeth Street, Hobart.
Learn what is involved in becoming a volunteer Bushcare Supervisor for your group. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the program, work place health and safety and group management. Any Bushcare group volunteer is welcome to attend.  This is the first step in being able to supervise your group. RSVP to the Bushcare Coordinator.
First Aid
Thanks to everyone who has agreed to be a back-up first aider for their group's Bushcare working bees. Back-up first aiders provide an important role at working bees supporting the Bushcare supervisor (who themselves may need first aid). If you have agreed to renew your first aid, but have yet to book in, please do so as soon as practical.

Events for your calendar

29 July 2016, Fern Tree Park, Fern Tree
Join us for a FREE night walk with the Bush Adventures team to discover what animal's call our forests home. More information available here.
31 July 2016, Wellesley Park, South Hobart
Join us for a native plant give-away and FREE Bush Adventures activities for the family. More information available here.
12-13 August 2016, Princes Wharf Shed 1, Hobart
Want to know more? Watch the 2015 FOBI video and see if you can spot Bushcare here.
Bushcare's Major Day Out         
11 Sept 2016, 2-4:30pm, Ridgeway Park
Discover Ridgeway Park and the amazing work undertaken by the Ridgeway Bushcare group.