24 February 2017

City of Hobart Bushcare

City of Hobart Bushcare Autumn News Update
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Welcome to the City of Hobart Bushcare Autumn News Update
This season there is a lot happening in Hobart's bush. We will be helping to protect Hobart's grassy woodlands, removing rubbish from the slopes of kunanyi / Mt Wellington and starting some exciting new projects across Hobart.
We hope to see you at one of these activities this Autumn!

15 February 2017

Hobart Bushcare

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City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update
Hi Bushcarers, it was terrific to kick start the year with our weed ID and removal workshops, with over 20 volunteers attending the first workshop. Now we are now gearing up to promote Bushcare to students at the University of Tasmania as part of Orientation Week. Many groups have been busy applying for grants, recruiting contractors and tackling new projects. It has been fantastic to help support groups achieve their goals for 2017 - it is going to be a bumper year! Groups should consider nominating for a Tasmanian Volunteering Award or enter the Caring for our environment photo competition to help promote the work they do. Lastly, I hope you will join the Bushcare team for Clean Up Australia Day on kunanyi / Mt Wellington on Saturday 4 March.

- Lisa Cawthen, Bushcare Coordinator 
Weed ID at the Weed ID and removal workshop at Fern Tree. Photo: Bec Johnson 
Clean Up Australia Day

13 February 2017

Tasmanian Community Fund

Grant Round 34
Grant Round 34 of the Tasmanian Community Fund will open at 8am on 28 January 2017. Applications for small grants (up to $20,000) will close at 5.00pm on 15 March. Applications for medium grants ($20,001 to $90,000) will close on 5 April. Stage 1 applications for large collaborative program grants ($100 000 to $500 000) will close on 1 March. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in mid-June 2016.
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 application.
Applicants are also encouraged to discuss their project with Tasmanian Community Fund staff (phone 6232 7043 or 6232 7269 or email admin@tascomfund.org) before submitting their application. The guidelines and the application forms are available on the Tasmanian Community Fund website.
Grant Round 35 including small, medium and large infrastructure/equipment/asset purchase grants will open on 22 July 2017.

Scottsdale Forum
Community groups are invited to attend a free forum hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund Board in Scottsdale from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Monday, 20 February 2017.  The forum will be held at the Scottsdale LINC, 51 King Street, Scottsdale.
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.

Burnie and Launceston Visits
Tasmanian Community Fund staff will be in Burnie, Devonport and Launceston in early March.  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 Wednesday, 8 March and in Devonport and Burnie on Thursday, 9 March.  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.

Midway Point Yacht Club
The Midway Point Yacht Club was established in 1968. The Club is a family orientated venue to foster sailing in the Sorell community. Sail training accounts for more than half of the total hours of members’ time at the Club, adding considerably to the opportunities offered in the community. The Club regularly holds special sail training events for other groups, including the local Scouts and school, to experience sailing and to learn teamwork and other life experience skills. More...

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program is now open, offering grants of up to $5,000 for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit in rural, regional and remote communities across Australia, with priority given to communities of 10,000 people or fewer. There are also some specifically dedicated funds for projects which seek to support young Tasmanians. Round 31 of the SGRC program closes 31 March 2017, so, there is plenty of time to get your applications in. You can find out more about the program and how to apply on the FRRR website, or if you have any further questions, please call Mandy Grinblat or Hannah Jakab on 1800 170 020.

State Growth – Community Infrastructure Fund
The Tasmanian Government has established a Community Infrastructure Fund to support community infrastructure initiatives throughout Tasmania. The infrastructure delivered by the fund will enhance the liveability and cohesion of communities around Tasmania. 
The Community Infrastructure Fund will be open to not for profit organisations (incorporated or registered under company law) local councils (including council-owned businesses) and private sector  businesses to assist with capital costs associated with the construction of new, or the upgrading of existing, infrastructure that will benefit the community.
A small component of the Community Infrastructure Fund will be available for planning/feasibility activities that demonstrate strong community benefit. Applications in respect of such studies will be assessed separately from other applications.
For more information on the Fund click here.

Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association Grant Program
The Tasmanian Men's Sheds Association (TMSA) Grants Program supports the sustainable development of Men's Sheds in Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Government has allocated $120,000 for the 2016-17 TMSA Grants Program to be provided through Grant Round 5.
Grant Round 5 is now open.  For more information click here.

NRM South

Your monthly NRM update for Southern Tasmania

Welcome to 2017! We hope this summer is turning out to be an enjoyable and productive one for you all, even if it was a little late in getting off the ground this season... Many of us here at the NRM South office have been enjoying some time out in the garden over the summer break - where one of our team spotted the beautiful Macleay's swallowtail (Graphium macleayanus) that's featured in our header image. We still have several weeks of sunshine and long days to look forward to, so read on to find out more about what's coming up in NRM for Southern Tasmania!
Image (c) Nathalie Laurence

Volunteer sponsorships – apply now!
NRM South are pleased to offer a limited number of sponsorships for environmental volunteers to attend the upcoming Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference in Hobart 21-24 March 2017.

This offer is available to any active member of any environmental care group such as Landcare, Coastcare, Bushcare or Wildcare. Volunteers must reside in the Southern Tasmania NRM Region. Download this flyer for further information and to apply

NRM South and the Biosecurity Network are excited to announce the completion of a new range of biosecurity "Arrive Clean, Leave Clean" video resources on vehicle and heavy machinery clean down. Thanks to our partners from the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service,Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association, Department of State Growth, Forestry Tasmania, Tasmanian Fire Service, Kingborough Council, Glenorchy City Council, Biosecurity Tasmania and the Livestock Biosecurity Network for all their input.
Check out the videos here:
Farmers: http://www.nrmsouth.org.au/farmclean/
Supervisors: http://www.nrmsouth.org.au/planclean/
Contractors: http://www.nrmsouth.org.au/implementing-onground-works/

2017 Photo competition
Following on from the hugely successful 2016 photo competition, NRM South and City of Hobart Bushcare are once again inviting our community of nature-loving photographers to capture an image that celebrates the different ways that we all care for our environment. It’s free to enter - as often as you like, with categories for all age ranges, and some great prizes up for grabs. Finalists' images will be displayed at the Sustainability Learning Centre as part of National Volunteer Week. Competition closes 18th April. Visit our website for more information.

River Derwent survey
NRM South and the Derwent Estuary Program have joined forces to initiate the development of a ‘River Derwent Plan’, which will examine security and the condition of water resources in the Derwent Catchment.
We are seeking your input. What do you value most about the Derwent River and its tributaries? What are your concerns for water quality and water security now and into the future? What actions are needed to manage this waterway? Please share your thoughts by 31 January 2017

NI Grants - closing soon!
The deadline for Round 10 of our Naturally Inspired Grants applications is just around the corner, so if you're interested, don't delay! We're inviting applications from community groups, schools, farmers, fishers and conservation landholders. Increased funding amounts are available, so you don't want to miss this one! This will be the last grant round under current National Landcare Programme regional delivery for NRM South which ends June 2018.
Application deadline: 29 January 2017
Nominations for the Tasmanian Government's Agricultural Landscape Rehabilitation Scheme (ALRS) are currently open for landowners and communities in the twenty local government areas affected by the June 2016 flood. The ALRS is supporting recovery efforts for private properties and adjacent areas that have suffered physical damage as a result the floods or areas where future flooding may present a risk to primary production. For more information, visit www.nrmsouth.org.au

Landcare Tas Conference 2017
The amazing team at Landcare Tasmania are already hard at work organising the next State Landcare Conference, to be held in November 2017. They want you to help them design the conference! Vote for the workshop topics which most interest you here
Have your say on volunteering
Its your last chance to have your say in this Volunteering Survey - providing the first in-depth, large-scale analysis of the benefits and motivations associated with volunteering in Tasmania. The knowledge generated from this study will help volunteer organisations to engage and sustain volunteers, and will help inform public policy. Complete the survey here

Managing Maatsuyker
From 30 November - 5 December 2016, Friends of Maatsuyker Island (FOMI) Wildcare volunteers conducted weed control and shearwater monitoring on Maatsuyker Island. Priority weeds included Montbretia, blackberry and Hebe elliptica. This work is vital for ongoing restoration and maintenance of vegetation and seabird habitat values on the island. Weeds negatively affect island’s vegetation and breeding habitat for the large burrow-nesting seabird populations (including 3 EPBC listed species). For more information on the project - click here....and if you've ever wanted to get away from it all, did you know that Parks and Wildlife are calling for applications to become an island caretaker for six wild and woolly months!? Looking for a new adventure? Click here to apply before 30 January.

Keep track of your year with our new series of monthly desktop wallpaper backgrounds featuring scenes from around Southern Tasmania. Click on the image to access the full res version for your own calendar desktop background, care of NRM South.

World Wetlands Day is coming up on the 2 February and, as in previous years, NRM South are supporting and promoting a number of events that aim to raise awareness of and celebrate this productive and important habitat. Take a look at our newly created 'Our Wonderful Wetlands' page to stay in the loop.

NRM South is proud to be a sponsor for the The 2017 Koonya Garlic Festival - a uniquely original Tasmanian food experience that celebrates the joy of garlic, the food it flavours and the music and arts that it inspires! For more information about this annual event, visit

Learn all about wetlands at the Kids Village on Parliament House Lawns each day of the Wooden Boat Festival, with kids activities by PWS Discovery Rangers. Find out more about wetlands, and chat with staff from NRM South, Birdlife Tasmania, DPIPWE, Bookend Trust, Clarence and Sorell Councils. Visit the website here

Australia has one of the best natural landscapes in the world - and we want to see it stay that way. From 28 February to 5 March 2017 there will be clean up events happening all across the country, to find out more or register a site – visit the Clean Up Australia Day website.

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NRM South is supported by funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.