28 April 2017

Hobart Bushcare News

Lambert Gully Bushcare Volunteers in action, March 2017

City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update
Hi Bushcarers, there isn't a great deal of new information to report this fortnight. A range of grants are still open, and I hope you are all coming to our National Volunteer Week ' Caring for our Environment photo exhibition.'
- Lisa Cawthen, Bushcare Coordinator 
Calling all volunteers with a keen eye for weeds
Fern Tree Bushcare wants to make Fern Tree daphne laurel free.
Daphne laurel is a problem weed that is only known from location in Australia - Fern Tree. Help the group eradicate daphne laurel from the area by volunteering to map its distribution on private property. Once mapped, the group will work towards removing this weed for good! If you are interested to be involved email us for more information.
This project is being supported by NRM South through funding from the Australian Governments National Landcare Programme.
Dirt Art Club Program Grant
Dirt Art have launched their first club grants program. The program will offer three grants; two grants consisting of a one-day site visit from their Managing Director anywhere in Australia to assist with design and consultancy projects, and a single construction grant that will provide one excavator crew for one week of construction services. All grants will be offered at no cost to the recipients, though all works must be completed with full land owner/manager approval. Grants are open to Australian not for profit groups only.To apply please send a one page PDF summary of your project to info@dirtart.com.au.
Dr Edward Hall Environmental Grant
The City of Hobart recognises the important role communities play in tackling urban sustainability challenges. Through the Dr Edward Hall Environment Grant program, $30,000 is provided each year to assist schools, community groups and businesses with projects relating to energy efficiency, air and water quality, food gardens, waste reduction, climate change, sustainable transport and local biodiversity.
Through individual grants of up to $5000, the program has supported over forty projects in Hobart since 2011. These include school and community food gardens, aboriginal cultural knowledge sharing, a film festival, the development of solar guides for cool climates, outdoor classrooms, citizen science and lots more.
The 2017 Grants program (Round 7) is open from now to 5.15 pm Tuesday 13th June 2017. For more information and to apply, visit the website here.
Landcare Australia's Habitat Restoration Grants
Landcare Australia’s Habitat Restoration Grants 2017 are proudly funded by Landcare Australia’s Workplace Giving Program. These grants will support the Landcare community’s involvement in protecting and enhancing Australia’s biodiversity assets.
Landcare and volunteer based community groups are invited to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 (ex GST) to fund projects that focus on improving biodiversity through the restoration of habitat for Australia’s native flora and fauna.
A total funding pool of $100,000.00 (ex GST) is available to support successful applications. For more information visit the Landcare website.
The SUEZ Community Grants program
The SUEZ Community Grants program is offering individual grants of up to $15,000 for social and environmental projects. Applications are open now and close on 5 May. Refer to their website for more information.

National Volunteer Week
We hope you can attend our National Volunteer Week celebration, to recognise and thank the dedication and enormous contributions made by the many environmental volunteers throughout Southern Tasmania.
The celebration will also announce the winners and launch a photo exhibition of our Caring for our Environment photo competition.  Please RSVP for catering purposes.
WHEN: Friday 12 May; 4:00pm-6:00pm. Prize ceremony begins at 4.30pm
WHERE: Sustainability Learning Centre, 50 Olinda Grove, Mount Nelson
WHAT: Drinks and nibbles, photo exhibition, guest speakers
WHO: Everyone interested in caring for the environment is welcome!
RSVP: Via Eventbrite, or contact NRM South
The Volunteering in Tasmania Study – Come along and hear the results!
How to increase participation in volunteering;
How to motivate and sustain the volunteer workforce;
How to move more volunteers into high-commitment roles
Refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP by 3 May to Fiona at littlethingstas@gmail.com
Wednesday 10 May 2017
Hobart Town Hall, Lower Ground Conference Room, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart. 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
National Tree Day
The community is invited to help restore the Derwent foreshore by participating in a community planting on National Tree Day, Sunday 30 July. 10am – 1pm.

Meet: Part way along the inter city cycle way between the Tasman Bridge and Cenotaph, opposite the Lower Domain Road turn off, Queens Domain. Look for the flag. For more details, including a map, visit the National Tree Day website - http://treeday.planetark.org/site/10014539

Tasmanian Community Fund News

Save the Date – Bridgewater Community Forum
Community groups are invited to attend a free forum hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund Board in Bridgewater from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Monday, 5 June 2017.  Venue details will be provided in the next newsletter.
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.

The University of the Third Age – Port Sorell
The University of the Third Age – Port Sorell (Port Sorell U3A) provides a broad range of ongoing educational and social programs to attract, challenge and involve people aged over 50 from the greater Port Sorell area. Participants interact through a program of learning, social and recreational activities that offer stimulation and development and support their well-being, as well as their physical and mental health. More ...

Burnie Visit
The Tasmanian Community Fund Board recently visited Burnie. As part of the visit, Board members toured previously funded projects including the Burnie Community House, Burnie PCYC, Burnie Gymnastics Club and the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden. 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 Burnie and surrounding communities.
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 the Brighton Municipality.

Bookend Trust
The Bookend Trust is the educational arm of the Pennicott Foundation. Bookend seeks to inspire students and the community to adopt careers that improve the world around them. Bookend works with students of all ages and abilities, from children to retirees and from high achievers to disaffected youth. Seed funding for Bookend is provided through the donation of money, time, energy and resources by private individuals concerned about building a positive and co-operative future for our students and community. Bookend projects include the interactive Expedition Class program for primary schools; the Skullbone program for disengaged high school students; and educational competitions, exchanges, scholarships and vocational placements.
Over recent years Bookend has been highlighting the story of the little-known Tasmanian cave animals that have survived from the first age of the dinosaurs. These creepy animals have seen the continents split apart and have existed for the entirety of human civilisation. They are of international scientific interest and an international documentary about them is currently in production. They are also the subject of a large exhibition, Sixteen Legs, that has been touring the country.
With Tasmanian Community Fund support, Bookend were able to reconfigure the exhibition to make it functional in a smaller exhibition space. This allowed people from northern Tasmania to view the exhibition in Ulverstone for six months. After the closing of the exhibition in Ulverstone, it moved to Launceston where it was on show for three months.

21 April 2017

Australian Wildlife Conservancy News

AWC Field Update

Welcome to the latest e-news from AWC, with brief field updates from our sanctuaries around Australia. AWC now manages almost 4 million hectares, the largest non-government estate in Australia.


Welcome to the latest e-news from AWC, with brief field updates from our sanctuaries around Australia.
AWC now manages almost 4 million hectares, the largest non-government estate in Australia. With almost 80% of our staff in the field, we are delivering practical and effective conservation for some of the largest remaining populations of many endangered species including Numbats, Bilbies, Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens and more. As you will read below, we are breaking new ground in a whole range of projects as we strive to deliver the best possible ecological return on your support (investment).
Australia's largest private fire management program
As the wet season in northern Australia draws to a close, AWC field staff have started delivering Australia's largest private fire management program. In the Kimberley alone, AWC staff will fly more than 20,000 kilometres in helicopters, dropping aerial incendiaries across 3.5 million hectares to create cool burns that break up the country, reducing the risk of late season fires. Working in partnership with indigenous communities, pastoral landholders, Defence and other government agencies, our award winning fire program is protecting endangered species such as the Gouldian Finch and the Golden-backed Tree-rat as well as reducing carbon emissions. To watch a short video clip, filmed from a drone, of our 2017 Kimberley prescribed burns, click on the video below.
Ecofire Video
Numbat and Bilby populations on the rise
At Scotia in western NSW, AWC ecologists have recently completed our regular survey of endangered mammal populations. The data from these surveys will generate population estimates for species such as the Burrowing Bettong and the Brush-tailed Bettong. Data from a recent Numbat survey indicates that Scotia now supports around 400 Numbats. With additional populations at Yookamurra and Mt Gibson, AWC is protecting more than 30% of the entire Numbat population. AWC's Bilby populations are also on the rise, with an increase in the Yookamurra population and the establishment of a new population at Mt Gibson. Watch the video below to see a number of Numbats being released at Mt Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary recently, following routine health checks.
Numbat Release Video
Sir David Attenborough and Tim Flannery discuss AWC's achievements
In February this year, AWC hosted a very special event in London, featuring Sir David Attenborough and Tim Flannery discussing conservation in Australia and the important role of AWC. Click below for a sneak preview ... and stay tuned for a vidcast of the event coming soon.
Sir David Attenborough and Tim Flannery
The world's largest feral cat eradication project underway
Construction of Australia's longest feral cat-proof fence will formally start in the last week of April, with a Warlpiri traditional owner team engaged to establish the fenceline at Newhaven. This globally significant project will deliver a substantial increase in the population of at least 10 nationally threatened mammals and will double the Australian population of at least six species. The Newhaven Warlpiri Rangers will spearhead our feral cat eradication strategy (they removed 11 feral cats in a week recently!). Materials for the fence will be sourced through a supplier in Alice Springs, highlighting our commitment to the local communities in which we operate.
Newhaven Warlpiri Ranger, Duncan Jungala Gallagher
Newhaven Warlpiri Ranger, Duncan Jungala Gallagher
The first stage involves establishing a feral cat-free area of 9,450 hectares. We need your help: every contribution of $200 will support the establishment of around 1 hectare of feral cat-free habitat for Mala, Golden Bandicoot and other endangered mammals. You can make a tax deductible donation here or download a detailed description of the project here. The project is supported by the Australian Government and the NT Government through the National Landcare Program.
AWC and NSW National Parks Service deliver major biological survey at Mallee Cliffs
As part of a historic partnership with the NSW Government, AWC has been contracted to deliver conservation services, including the reintroduction of regionally extinct mammals, in the Pilliga and at Mallee Cliffs National Park. At Mallee Cliffs, AWC ecologists and local National Parks and Wildlife Service staff have recently completed a major biological survey including 58 sites spread across key habitats in the 58,000 hectare national park, which is located 30 kilometres east of Mildura. The survey involved more than 11,000 trap nights. Over 35 species of reptiles were recorded including the endangered Mallee Worm-lizard. Another highlight was several captures of the threatened Western Pygmy Possum.
Western Pygmy Possum
Western Pygmy Possum
Ground-breaking partnership with Australian Capital Equity
A ground-breaking partnership between AWC and the Kerry Stokes-owned Australian Capital Equity (ACE) is set to deliver a win for conservation and the regional economy in Australia's remote Kimberley region. The deal will involve ACE improving the sustainability of the cattle operation that must be maintained on Charnley River under pastoral legislation through a reduction in herd size and fencing off key river systems. The deal was reported by the ABC and The West Australian. Read the full story here.
The Weekend West
Thank you for your support, which is vitally important in ensuring AWC continues to get boots on the ground to deliver effective conservation in remote places like the Kimberley, Lake Eyre and the Top End. Every donation makes a difference where it really counts - in the field!

Yours sincerely
Atticus Fleming
Chief Executive

Donate now
Help us to establish the largest feral predator-free area on mainland Australia at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary

Not only will the Newhaven project deliver a substantial increase in the population of at least 10 nationally threatened mammals, as well as doubling the Australian population of at least six species, it will also benefit threatened reptiles such as the Great Desert Skink, small mammals such as Brush-tailed Mulgara and ground-dwelling birds such as the Dusky Grasswren (pictured above).
This project can only happen with your support. Please donate to the Newhaven Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project to help save Australia's most endangered wildlife.

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