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!
Bandicoot Times Newsletter
Discover what has been
happening in Hobart's bushland areas and meet Bushcare's newest team
members. Find this out and more in the latest Bandicoot
Working Bee Program
Kick off Autumn by joining us
on kunanyi / Mt Wellington for Clean Up Australia Day. There's a range
of activities happening this Autumn. To find out what's happening
download the latest Bushcare
Working Bee Program.
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
ID at the Weed ID and removal workshop at Fern Tree. Photo:
Clean Up Australia
We’ll supply the bags, gloves and equipment, all you have to
bring are warm clothes, wet weather gear, sturdy shoes, snacks and lots of
Last year, the City of Hobart held two clean-ups on the mountain and
collected more than 200 kg of rubbish! If you'd like to help out this year,
come along to the summit car park anytime between 10 am and 1 pm – please
register your interest on the Clean Up Australia website so we know how
many bags to bring: www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/kunanyi-Mount+Wellington
Bushcare supervisors will be on site, and are happy to pick up filled bags
from the Springs for volunteers who want to take a walk down the Pinnacle
Track, picking up rubbish on their way down.
EDO Tasmania for an evening of film, food and stories about urban
agriculture projects bringing communities together.
21 February 2017
- Sundeck, UTAS Arts School
Enjoy local wine and
delicious canapes, and hear from special guests, Kirsha Kaechele (24 Carrot
Gardens) and James Da Costa (Hobart City Farm), about urban agriculture
projects here in Tasmania, and from Graeme Lynch (Heart Foundation) about
the work of the Food and Nutrition Coalition.
6:30pm - Dechaineux Theatre, UTAS
Watch acclaimed documentary,
You Dig This", exploring the urban gardening revolution
currently taking place in South Central Los Angeles, one of the largest
food deserts in the US.
This is a fundraising event
to help EDO Tasmania to continue working to support and facilitate urban
agriculture across Tasmania. Tickets are $20 / $15, and include food,
wine, discussion and the film.
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
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 website.
Grant Round 35 including small, medium and large
infrastructure/equipment/asset purchase grants will open on 22 July
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.
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)
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
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.
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
– 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
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:
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
DESKTOP WALLPAPER FOR
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 www.koonyagarlicfestival.com
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.