Grant Round 35 of the Tasmanian Community Fund is now
open. Applications for small grants (up to $20,000) will close at
5.00pm on 6 September 2017. Applications for medium grants ($20,001
to $90,000) will close at 5pm on 27 September 2017. Stage 1 applications
for large infrastructure grants ($100 000 to $300 000) will close on
23 August 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their
application in mid-December 2017.
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
Applicants are also encouraged to discuss their
project with Tasmanian Community Fund staff (phone 6232 7043 or 6232
7269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
before submitting their application. The guidelines and the
application forms are available on the Tasmanian Community Fund
Grant Round 36 including small and medium general
grants and large collaborative program projects focused on increasing
workforce engagement grants will open on 20 January 2018.
North and North-West Visits
Tasmanian Community Fund staff will be in Burnie,
Devonport and Launceston in August. 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 Launceston on Monday, 21 August and
in Devonport and Burnie on Tuesday, 22 August. 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.
The Tasmanian Community Fund Board recently toured
previously funded projects at Oatlands including Life Without
Barriers, Oatlands Historical Society, Southern Midlands Council and
the Centre for Heritage. 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 Bridgewater and surrounding communities.
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
Community Wellbeing Information Session
In 2018, the Tasmanian Community Fund will be calling
for expressions of interest ($300 000 to $500 000) for a range of
collaborative and sustainable projects that improve the wellbeing of
Tasmanians in one or more of the following areas:
·Improving mental health outcomes
·Improving educational outcomes
·Reducing violence including bullying
·Enhancing preventable health outcomes
·Increasing social cohesion
·Diverting from the justice system
·Addressing addictive behaviours
This will be a two-stage application process.
Applicants that move through to Stage 2 will have to provide a strong
business case that demonstrates value for money.
Information sessions will be held in Hobart at 2.30pm
on 29 August, in Launceston at 10.30am on 5 September and in Burnie
at 3pm on 5 September. To RSVP please email email@example.com
Community Forum – Deloraine
Community groups are invited to attend a free forum
hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund Board in Deloraine from 5.30pm
to 7.00pm on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. Venue to be confirmed.
Come along to hear how you can maximise your chances
of receiving a grant.
The Longford Men’s Shed was formed when the local
community recognised the need for a place where men could assemble
and where life-time skills could be practised and passed on to
The Shed has been operating since 2010, providing a
space where men of all ages can be mentored, where health and
well-being can be encouraged, and a spirit of friendship can be
offered to all. More...
Tasmanian Community Fund Has Moved
The Tasmanian Community Fund office has moved - but
only around the corner. The Tasmanian Community Fund office is
now located in Suite 2 Tech 3 at the Tasmanian TechnoPark. The
telephone contact, fax and postal address remain the same:
Tasmanian Community Fund
Phone: 03 6232 7269
Fax: 03 6233 4164
GPO Box 1350, Hobart 7001 www.tascomfund.org
EDO Tasmania is a non-profit
community legal centre advising on environmental and planning law.
Our aim is to increase public awareness of environmental laws and
remedies, and help the community to secure a healthy, sustainable
Tasmania. Our fortnightly(ish) Bulletin contains news about
current developments in planning and environment law, upcoming
events and opportunities for public comment.
If you know someone who would
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On 1 August 2017, the Federal Minister for Environment and Energy
determined that Tassal's Okehampton Bay aquaculture operations did
not require further assessment or approval under the Environment Protection and
Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act),
provided the operations are carried out in the "particular
manner" set out in the decision.
The proposal was referred to the Minister on the basis of its
potential to significantly impact on threatened Giant Kelp and
endangered Southern Right Whales. The particular manner
requirements include measures to reduce the risk of vessel strike,
noise disturbance and entanglement of marine mammals in nets. The
decision also requires Tassal to implement an approved Response
Protocol where marine mammals are struck or entangled.
For more information about the referral decision, click
The application by the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council for a dam and
pipeline to supply water to Tassal's Okehampton operations has also
to the Minister, but a decision on that referral is yet
to be made.
Draft Salmon Growth Plan released
The Tasmanian government has released its draft Sustainable Industry Growth
Plan for the Salmon Industry. The Growth Plan proposes
new areas for salmon farm expansion in ocean waters off the
north-west coast, King Island, Flinders Island and Storm Bay, with
the remainder of the State’s coasts to be declared “no grow” zones
(other than existing leases). To view a map of the Grow and No
Grow zones, click here.
The Growth Plan also outlines government plans to
"encourage and manage the continued expansion of the
creating a Finfish Farming (Compliance and
Monitoring) Unit in the EPA, to be funded by an industry levy
developing a new agreement between salmon
companies concerning the future of farming in Macquarie
Harbour (to replace the existing Area Management Agreement)
providing greater public access to more
environmental monitoring data
establishing a new industry reference group
to advise on implementation of the Growth Plan
on the Growth Plan can be made until 8 September 2017.
See "Open for Comment" for more information.
government has announced that environmental monitoring permits have
been issued to Huon Aquaculture and Petuna to explore the potential
for offshore farming on the east coast of South Bruny and in
the Circular Head region.
Marking World Indigenous Peoples Day on 9 August 2017, the
Reconciliation Council of Tasmania has been launched with the
objective of being "an inclusive and consultative avenue to
further progress reconciliation in our State". Tasmania
was the last State to establish such a Council.
A group of prominent Tasmanians has also written
to the Premier urging him to withdraw plans to re-open
4WD in takayna / the Tarkine in the interests of genuine
reconciliation. The government subsequently reaffirmed
its commitment to re-opening the tracks.
State and Territory Environment Ministers met on 28 July 2017,
committing to completing a draft plan to manage PFAS chemicals,
endorsing a strategy for disposal and recycling of waste tyres, and
setting a plan for banning micro-bead plastics if not
effectively phased out by industry by mid-2018.
The Ministers also agreed to progress "a common national
approach to environmental-economic accounting and the free and open
sharing of environmental data between jurisdictions."
To read the statement of outcomes from the meeting, click
Estuary Management Taskforce
The Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce (TEMT),
tasked with developing a River Health Action Plan to mitigate
impacts from sewage and stormwater, prioritise investment and
propose governance arrangements for the Estuary, held its first
meeting on 3 August 2017.
TEMT is jointly funded by the Federal and Tasmanian Governments
under the Launceston City Deal, and comprises representatives of
northern Councils, NRM, Launceston Flood Authority and the EPA.
The Taskforce is chaired by former LGAT CEO and current Infrastructure
Tasmania CEO, Allan Garcia.
mitigation projects announced
The final round of funding under the Commonwealth’s National
Bushfire Mitigation Program 2014-17 has allocated $400,000 to eight
projects in Tasmania, including:
Further development of a baseline dataset
to help forecast and model changes in fire weather
Helping Tasmanian schools develop bushfire
mitigation and preparation plans
Bushfire risk analysis for Kingborough
Council’s bushland reserves and road network
Fire management plans for parks and
reserves managed by the Kentish and Latrobe Councils
The latest round of small, medium and large grants from the
Tasmanian Community Fund is now open for applications. The
due dates vary depending on which grant you're applying for, so check
the website for details.
and Policy Updates
Mineral Resources Development Amendments to be
World first climate risk
disclosure case filed in Victoria
Represented by Environmental Justice Australia, two
shareholders have filed proceedings in the Federal Court against
the Commonwealth Bank for failing to adequately disclose the bank's
exposure to climate risks in its 2016 annual report.
The case, the first legal shareholder action against a
bank, will test the extent to which public companies are required
to disclose information about climate change risks that will
materially affect their financial position, prospects and
To read the Concise Statement lodged in the Federal
Court, click here. For
analysis of the implications of the case, click here.
The Senate Environment and Communications References Committee is
conducting an inquiry into the current and future impacts of
climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure, including
water supply, transportation and energy infrastructure, and the
adequacy of current climate policies.
Australian Energy Market Commission has published an issues paper
into the effectiveness of gas pipeline regulation. Feedback on the
issues paper will inform a draft report, to be released in February
Public comment has been invited on the DA for construction of a wind
farm at Low Head. The proposal is a controlled
action under the EPBC Act (due to potential impacts on
listed threatened and migratory species), but subject to assessment
under Tasmanian laws pursuant to the bilateral agreement between
the Federal and Tasmanian governments. The Federal Minister will
consider the EPA's assessment when making a final decision
regarding the project.
Tasmanian Government has released a consultation draft of the
Special Species Management Plan. The Plan, made under the Forestry (Rebuilding the
Forest Industry) Act 2014, aims to “provide a
management framework for the long-term and sustainable harvesting
of Tasmanian special species timbers.”
Hobart City Council has initiated amendments to the Hobart Interim
Planning Scheme 2015 to introduce clearer streetscape and
amenity criteria to be applied when assessing applications for
buildings in the CBD that exceed the acceptable height limits.
The proposed amendments adopt recommendations made in Leigh
Business Zone Height Standards – Performance Criteria Review report, but do not seek to introduce a maximum height limit
(this change may be considered in future).
A second public forum to discuss the Woolley report and
proposed amendments will be held at Town Hall on 15 August 2017 at
Draft Salmon Growth Plan
The Tasmanian government has released its draft Sustainable
Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry. The Growth Plan maps
"Grow" and "No Grow" areas, and outlines a
range of measures to monitor and regulate the industry (see
"News" above for more details).
Federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, has released
draft management plans for 44 Commonwealth Marine reserves, and
proposed that "marine reserves" be renamed "marine
parks". The draft plans do not amend themanagement
plan for South East Commonwealth Marine Reserves applying
to waters around Tasmania.
When the International Court of Justice ruled in 2014 that
Japan’s whaling program was not “for the purposes of
scientific research”, many thought whaling in the Southern Ocean
would cease. Yet Japanese vessels have returned with a new
“scientific” program that killed over 300 whales in 2016.
As part of National Science Week 2017, join Dr Nick Gales, Assoc
Professor Tony Press and Indi Hodgson-Johnston for a free seminar
discussing the lack of scientific credibility in Japan’s program
and the difficulties in enforcing the ICJ’s ruling.
the World's Tallest Flowering Trees - Science Week
As part of Science Week's BeakerStreet@TMAG program, canopy
ecologist, Dr Jen Sanger, and big tree photographer, Steve Pearce
will present on The Tree Project's innovative use of film and
photography, advanced tree climbing techniques, and the latest
research methods to raise awareness about the world's significant
trees and forests.
19 August 2017, 6:30pm Where:
For more information about the BeakerStreet program, click
Market Gardening Techniques
Join James Hutchinson for a hands on workshop exploring techniques
and approaches to market gardening.
2 September 2017 Where:
Longley Organic Farm
wondered what it would be like to walk (or run) from Wrest Point
Casino to the top of kunanyi/Mount Wellington? Wonder no more!
our team in this year’s Point
to Pinnacle(P2P) and
help EDO Tasmania in its never-ending funding marathon. Team
members get a team T-shirt, training support, reimbursement of
registration fees, and the warm glow of helping us to
protect Tassie's spectacular environment (including kunanyi!).
are filling up fast, so get in quick. If you're considering
entering and want to chat with other
team members, come along to an informal information session at 5:30pm on Wednesday, 16