29 July 2016

Invasive Species Council Feral Herald July

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Hi Peter,

There are plenty of weighty issues in this month’s Feral Herald.

With the pain of a fire ant sting still fresh in my mind after my US fact finding mission, you will hear why we need to keep pushing to eradicate this pernicious ant from Australia.

We set the bar high for new federal environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, and I’m pleased to welcome our new outreach officer, Shannan Langford Salisbury, who wrote our feature story on the new plan to tackle feral horse numbers in Kosciuszko National Park.

Have a great read. If you like our work, don’t forget to donate.

Andrew Cox, CEO.

New hope Alps will be spared feral horse damage

The release of a wild horse management plan for Kosciuszko National Park is an important chance to rein in exploding feral horse numbers in the alps.

The plan needs your support. Have your say, make a submission by 19 August 2016.



Fire ant update – fiddling while Rome burns

Officially, they all agree eradicating fire ants from Australia is 'technically feasible' and in the national interest.

So why are Australia's state and federal governments failing to fully fund the eradication program?


Election 2016 - do we have a new champion in Josh Frydenberg?

Feral cats. Greg Hunt, our last environment minister, pretty much issued a fatwa against them.

But now that Josh Frydenberg is in the chair what can we expect of Australia's new environment minister when it comes to dangerous weeds, pests and feral animals?



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The Invasive Species Council campaigns for better laws and policies to protect the Australian environment from weeds, feral animals and exotic pathogens. Formed in 2002, we were the first environment group in the world to focus solely on invasive species.

We'd like to thank the Limb Family Foundation, Garry White Foundation, Curlew Fund, McKinnon Family Foundation, Mullum Trust, Paddy Pallin Foundation and our generous individual donors for supporting our work. You too can help fund our work - donate now.

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Dear UTAS CARES members and supporters

On Saturday 6 August UTASLife and UTAS CARES are combining forces to assist with a Community Planting Event on Bruny Island​. 
UTAS Life is also known as the Community Friends and Networks Program South and acts to support UTAS students in creating networks and engagement opportunities with other students and members of the broader community in Tasmania.
We have booked a bus to take us to Bruny for the day and plan to include some sight-seeing with the tree planting. 
We will depart the UTAS Sandy Bay campus at 6:45am and return approximately 11 hours later. Lunch is provided.
UTAS CARES members and supporters are invited to join us. It is a great opportunity to talk with interested UTAS students about ecological CARE group activities. It should also be lots of fun.
Please RSVP to me ASAP as seating is limited.
Best wishes
Dr Elizabeth Shannon
Senior Lecturer, Postgraduate Programs
School of Medicine, University of Tasmania
Mobile: 0418 126 042
Em: e.shannon@                utas.edu.au

25 July 2016

Landcare Tasmania Dirty Hands News

Landcare Tasmania

You've got Dirty Hands!

dirty-hands.jpgLets face it. Doing the work of Landcare, whether its on the beach, in the bush, or on the farm, is all about getting your hands dirty.  And since its Landcare supporters who do lots of this work we've decided to start the Dirty Hands Club. The Dirty Hands is our new monthly newsletter about all things Landcare in Tasmania. It replaces our e-bulletin which you will have been receiving fortnightly up to now, so yes that means less email and new content, welcome to the club!

The Dirty Hands is about sharing information and resources throughout Tasmania's community Landcare movement. It includes new sources of information and best practice, opportunities to become involved, a calendar of upcoming events and opportunities to tell your story.

Each month we'll also be offering a prize for the photo that best shows community Landcarers getting their hands dirty.  Simply reply to this email and include your photo with a brief description, or email separately to support@landcaretas.org.au. - Rod Knight, Executive Officer of Landcare Tasmania

New and Noteworthy

Landcare Tasmania has launched a new website

The focus of our new site is to give our members access to resources they often need and provide some online services.

We now offer online membership renewal and have a community events calendar where members post their own events. We will cross promote all of these events through the Dirty Hands Club (reaching over 1200 people) and Facebook (over 1,000 followers). We will tell you about new features as they are made available.

Has it been a while since you got your hands dirty?

Community Landcare is about people volunteering their time to make a difference. Many groups are on the lookout for people to help out in their work. JOIN EXTRA HANDS, our volunteering program that contacts you when groups in your area are carrying out Landcare activities.

Could you form your own landcare group?

Do you work with friends and family to look after a patch of land in your area?
Are you itching to start some landcare work in your area but don't know how to take the first steps?
Does the thought of starting a local landcare project sound exciting but you need some guidance?
If you answered yes to either of these questions you might like to start a landcare group in your area. Turning your small team into a Landcare Tasmania community member group will mean you have access to the resources and support services Landcare Tasmania provides - cash assistance through the Landcare Assistance Program, cheap insurance, advice on incorporation, help in planning and much more.
And what's more we can also help you through the process of forming your group, making it simple and easy to get up and running, and starting from a solid foundation. To express your interest or send us a questions reply to this email or email support@landcaretas.org.au

Events & Reminders Calendar

24 July - Last day to apply for a NRM South Community Group Subsidy for attending the National Landcare Conference. Click here to apply

6 August – Kingborough Landcare Advisory Group, Apollo Bay 40 Spotted Pardalote tree planting.  Contact Bridget Jupe, bjupe@kingborough.tas.gov.au 
6 August – Rossarden Progress Association, fire training and community BBQ. Contact Mary Knowles, gippscreek@skymesh.com.au or Marlene Wood 03 6385 2188
7 August – Wildcare Deslacs pine tree removal, Cape Deslacs.  Contact Peter Rice,  treasurer@wildcaredeslacs.org 
8 August – Rossarden Progress Association Landcare Group meeting.  Contact Mary Knowles, gippscreek@skymesh.com.au or Marlene 03 6385 2188

29 August - Last day to nominate someone for the NRM North Community Landcare Awards 
9 September 2016 – Landcare Tasmania Annual General Meeting, Hobart.
11 September – Wildcare Deslacs Spanish heath removal and AGM, Cape Deslacs.  Contact Peter Rice,  treasurer@wildcaredeslacs.org
21–23 September 2016 – National Landcare Conference, Melbourne

Want to share dirty hands with a friend? Hit forward when you are finished reading, and your friends will be able to SIGN UP to receive it as well.

To send us comments, feedback or suggestions please reply to this email or send an email to support@landcaretas.org.au

Landcare Tas Support

Volunteering Tasmania

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A new financial year and a new look VT
As many of you are aware, VT has recently undergone a number of changes to our organisation across the state.
We are still in a period of change, and would like to thank you all for your ongoing patience, support, and well-wishes as we move into this new phase for our organisation.
We would like to assure you that we are committed to excellent service, and a sustainable future for volunteering in Tasmania.
What can you expect from us?
As your Peak body for volunteering, we offer some core services:
  • Advocacy, research and policy
  • Recruitment support for both those wanting to volunteer, as well as organisations needing volunteers
  • Recognition and celebration of volunteers and volunteering
  • Information, advice, and networking opportunities for Volunteer Involving Organisations
Our structure and our team supports this model, which has been designed to support you, no matter what your relationship to volunteering is.
If you would like to know more about us and how we can help you or your organisation, please get in touch.

Random Snaps of Kindness
Are you a student, or do you know a student?
Our Random Snaps of Kindness Instagram competition is designed to capture all the different ways Tasmanian students demonstrate kindness through volunteering and other informal acts of kindness.
Enter to go in the running for three Harvey Norman vouchers – First prize $300, First Runner Up $100 and Second Runner Up $50.
Read the Terms and Conditions for more info, and get your photos up on Instagram before 31 July! Don’t forget to use the #kindsnaps hashtag and tag @volunteeringtas

Hot off the press – new Member exclusive benefits
As part of our Member benefits this year we are working with our preferred suppliers to bring you discounts for the services you need!
Three great new Member Benefits just confirmed for our Organisational and Corporate level Memberships are:
  • 10% off volunteer insurance with AON Australia
  • Free IT audits, and a 10% discount on all services from Tempus Innovative Solutions (eg IT, business systems and websites)
  • 20% discount on Coaching, 20% discount on Fundraising Strategy Sessions and 10% discount on all other Fundraising Support Services from Fish Community Solutions

Student Volunteering Expos for National Student Volunteer Week 2016
We are very proud to be partnering with the University of Tasmania this year to celebrate at their Student Volunteering Expos.
We will be in attendance at the events, held in Sandy Bay on Monday 8 August, Newnham on Tuesday 9 August, and Cradle Coast on Wednesday 10 August.
If you are on campus, stop by and say hello!
We invite any VT Member organisations who would like to have a recruitment or promotions stall to join us, free of charge. This is a Member exclusive benefit. Please contact us today if you would like to reserve your place. Spaces are very limited.

Renew your Membership, or join today!
Are you thinking about joining VT as a Member? There are a range of benefits for Individuals, Organisations, and Corporates.
If you are thinking of joining, or renewing your membership, get in touch with our Member and Corporate Liaison, Bonnie Tuttle, on 6231 5550 or BonnieT@volunteeringtas.org.au
Bonnie can talk to you about how the benefits might work for you, and discuss how our new structure will work to ensure all our Members get the best value from their membership.
2015/16 Memberships expire 1 August.

Seeking new office space in Launceston
Volunteering Tasmania is seeking new office space in the Launceston CBD.
If you have some space available or know of any vacant venues suitable for an office with client access, please get in touch to discuss the details.
We are open to sharing a location with a like-minded organisation.

Volunteer Connect (VC) Online/VIKTOR
What is Volunteer Connect Online? What is VIKTOR?
The Volunteer Connect (VC) Online service makes it easier for volunteers and organisations to find each other, and ensure a great match.
Through Volunteer Connect (VC) Online, volunteers can search the database for vacancies, and co-ordinators or managers can place free advertisements for volunteer positions.
To place a free advertisement you will need to first register with VIKTOR, which is the system you will use to manage your Volunteeer vacancies.
For assistance with VC Online/VIKTOR, please call our Volunteer Resource Centre Co-ordinator Wayne on 6331 1567 or email WayneB@volunteeringtas.org.au
Please update your insurance
At the turn of the Financial Year, many Insurance policies registered on VC Online/VIKTOR have expired.
Remember – if your insurance isn’t up to date, you are not permitted to use the system. To ensure your recruitment isn’t affected, please update your insurance details by logging in here https://vol.org.au/log-in
For assistance with VC Online/VIKTOR, please call our Volunteer Resource Centre Co-ordinator Wayne on 6331 1567 or email WayneB@volunteeringtas.org.au

Board vacancies
Nomination for election as a Director is open to persons who are registered Members of Volunteering Tasmania.
The Board of VT provides strategic guidance and governance to the organisation. Positions on our Board are volunteer roles.
Applications must be received no later than 8 August 2016.

Emergency recovery
Have your registered on EV CREW to assist in Emergency recovery? We really value your offer of assistance. To date, we have not had any requests for volunteer assistance from the flood affected communities.
We remind you that your help may be needed weeks or even months into the future, as recovery efforts can be long and tiring for the local communities. Thank you for your patience and your kind offers of assistance. We will be in touch if and when we receive a request for volunteer assistance that matches your skills and availability.