11 January 2017

City of Hobart Bushcare

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City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update
Hi Bushcarers, Happy New Year! It has been a fantastic start to the new year welcoming our two new bushcare operations supervisors - Michelle Storer and Nicole Gill. We have been planning two workshops to kick-start the bushcare year for current and new volunteers. These workshops are focused on weed identification and removal techniques. I hope many of you and your group members will be able to attend. I have also been working with many groups in applying for up and coming grants. If your group is submitting a grant application and needs City of Hobart Bushcare to act as a sponsor, please let us know to ensure we can get your grant application signed off by the grant submission deadline. We are also desperately seeking articles for the Bandicoot Times! Let the community know about the amazing work your group does by submitting articles and photos for the Autumn edition of the newsletter.  I will be taking a break from Bushcare between Fri 13 Jan - Mon 13 Feb so for any bushcare related matters, please contact Michelle and Nicole at bushcare@hobartcity.com.au
Wishing you all a safe, happy and productive start to the Bushcare year
- Lisa Cawthen, Bushcare Coordinator 
A blackbird seeks a safe haven in Tetragonia sp. Photo: Bec Johnson 
Workshop: Weed identification & removal techniques 
An opportunity to extend your knowledge of weed species and different control methods! Escape the summer heat in the cool forests of Fern Tree and increase your skills in bush regeneration and plant identification. Alternatively join us for a family-friendly walk at Ridgeway along the Pipeline track to admire native wildflowers, discuss fire history and look at a Ridgeway Bushcare site while weeding along the way, 3km return. Lots of demonstrations and hands-on practice. Ideal for existing and new bushcare volunteers to refresh your knowledge and skills.
To ensure sufficient equipment please RSVP to: bushcare@hobartcity.com.au or 6238 2886
Adults session at Fern Tree
Jan 22, 10am – 2pm               
Meet: Top of Browns Rd, Fern Tree
Very limited parking so please car pool or park at Westringa Park. Buses to Fern Tree depart Franklin Square, Hobart. BYO picnic lunch
Family friendly session at Ridgeway Park
Feb 12, 2pm – 4:30pm
Meet: Halls Saddle, Junction of Chimney Pott Hill Rd and Huon Rd, Ridgeway
For training suggestions email: bushcare@hobartcity.com.au
Need some funds for a mountain bike track or bush regeneration project? Need support to help your group's volunteers?
NRM South's Naturally Inspired Grants - Round 10 - for landowners, community groups and schools to deliver projects which support positive environmental change and sustainable farming initiatives in Southern Tasmania. These include projects that:
·         Increase engagement, participation and capacity building in NRM;
·         Include on ground works to protect national and state listed species, communities and places; or
·         Encourage farmers and fishers to adopt sustainable practices
Citizen Science grants from Inspiring Australia's Science Engagement Programme to provide opportunities for the public to engage in science by participating in scientific research projects. These projects must include the collection or transformation of data. The minimum grant amount available is $50,000. The maximum grant amount available is $500,000.
Mountain Bikes Direct Dollars for Dirt Community Fund support trackcare and other like minded groups each month - https://www.mountainbikesdirect.com.au/dollars-for-dirt
The Department of Social Services Volunteer Grants support community groups to help their volunteers - https://www.dss.gov.au/…/funding-open…/volunteer-grants-2016
The Ian Potter Foundation, The Norman Wettenhall Foundation and Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants are also open. A summary of these grants is available on NRM South's web page - http://www.nrmsouth.org.au/grants/grants-other/