I am writing to share with you the latest edition of Wildlife
Your generous support is helping AWC deliver
exceptional outcomes for Australia's wildlife in iconic locations such as
the Kimberley, Cape York, Lake Eyre and the Top End. The Winter 2017
edition of Wildlife Matters highlights the importance of AWC's
innovative new model for conservation and the success of key projects
The establishment of the largest feral cat-free
area on mainland Australia (at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, in
Our ground-breaking collaboration with NSW
National Parks (Pilliga, Mallee Cliffs) and the Defence Department
(at Yampi, in the Kimberley).
AWC's scientific leadership, with reports on
research covering feral cats and foxes, dingoes and endangered
species such as Sharman's Rock-wallaby.
AWC is unique within the conservation sector -
no other organisation invests such a high percentage of available
resources in the field. In 2016/17, AWC allocated 84% to
conservation and less than 16% to fundraising and administration
combined. Comparable organisations in our sector are allocating more than
40% to fundraising and administration.
I hope you enjoy reading the latest Wildlife Matters and
learning more about the great work being undertaken by our dedicated team
of land managers and field ecologists in remote locations across
Australia. As June 30 approaches, please consider a tax deductible donation in support of AWC.
We will ensure it makes a difference in the field, delivering
effective conservation for Australia's wildlife.
If you have already made a donation - thank you for your support,
which is greatly appreciated by all of us at AWC ... our work is possible
only because of your support!
Welcome to our first winter edition for
the year! While our outdoor activities will be slowing down over
the next couple of months, it's still a great time to get on with
planning activities in anticipation of longer days and warmer
weather - and of course to catch up with our community and
celebrate our achievements!
to all the winners of the Caring for our Environment Photo
Competition run by City of Hobart Bushcare and NRM South. Prizes were
presented at the launch of the photo exhibition, during our
celebrations for National Volunteer Week 2017. Check out all the
winners and photos on our website.
It's a wrap!
Our first-ever crowdfunding campaign
officially wrapped up on the 30 May, and we raised a cool $8.5k for
our Tassie shorebirds. Although we fell short of our full target,
these funds will still provide a fantastic boost to conservation
activities over the summer. We're also going to have some of the
perks available to purchase in an e-shop soon, so if you missed
out, there's still a chance for you to lend a hand to our feathered
pastures for Tasmania’s East Coast
The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and
NRM South are teaming up to invest in a new pasture project to help
improve the productivity and sustainability of pasture systems in
Tasmania. Led by TIA Research Fellow, Dr Rowan Smith, the project
aims to identify a perennial legume that persists in the dryland
wool grazing environment of the East Coast of Tasmania. For more information about the project, click
for Round 10 of NRM South’s Naturally Inspired Grants have been
announced, with 37 projects within the southeast region receiving
$257,000 in total funding. Recipients include 16 community groups and
19 landowners, with funding of up to $10,000 awarded per project.
This round also offered additional funding of $8,000 to eight
community groups and landowners for biosecurity measures and
improvements such as installation of wash down stations and signage.
Funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare
Programme, Naturally Inspired Grants offer community groups,
not-for-profit organisations, schools, farmers and farming groups the
opportunity to undertake projects that deliver positive environmental
and sustainable agriculture change in the Southern Tasmanian region. For a full list of project recipients, head to
our news section.
Marine Debris Month in
the Huon and Channel
the month of May, the Huon and Channel communities came together to
clean up beaches and foreshore areas in their regions.Clean-up sites
included Dover, Alonnah to Simpsons Point on Bruny Island, Garden Island,
and Randalls Bay to Nine Pin Point in the Huon Estuary. More than 36
m3 of marine debris was collected over the course of this “Marine
Debris Month”, and over 150 people were involved in a series of
clean-up events. As in previous years, the amount of plastic
collected remains a concern, however on Bruny Island where previous
clean-ups have been carried out, there has been a noticeable
reduction in the amount of debris found. Take a look at our gallery of images here.
We're running a short survey on biosecurity and
hygiene practices among those of you who spend time in Tasmania's
natural and productive landscapes. Our yearly surveys help us to
develop our biosecurity communications and education program - so
even if you've done the survey before, your input is welcome!
As an added incentive, you'll go into the draw to win one of four
prizes - your choice of either a biosecurity kit valued at over $60
OR a $50 voucher from Fullers bookshop.
Check the link here
Survey closes 18 June.
of the Year!
Congratulations to Dr Eric Woehler from Birdlife
Tasmania for winning the NRM South Environment, Animal Care and
Conservation Award in the 2017 Tasmania Volunteering Awards. Eric
has dedicated countless hours over the past 34 years to bird
research, conservation and awareness raising. Eric's passion and
skill has undoubtedly improved the chances of survival of many of
Tasmania's threatened bird species Congratulations also to
finalists Nel Smit from Taroona Environment Network and Angela
Knight and Mark Bartlett from Bridgewater Gagebrook Clean-Up
blooming botany box
To celebrate the International Day of Biological
Diversity on May 22, we held a small improptu ceremony to
officially 'launch' the completed signal box at the front ouf our
office on 313 Macquarie Street in Hobart. The signal box was
designed and painted by local botanical illustrator Deborah Wace
and features dozens of iconic and cryptic flora species that can be
found in Tasmania!
A little bit of funding goes a long way! 18 schools
and community groups received Bite-sized Grants of up to $500 last
financial year and turned this small amount of funding (total
$8200) into some tremendous environmental projects with estimated
in--kind contributions totaling $77,000! All successful projects are listed on our
website. If you have an idea for a project, please note
these grants are now on hold until next financial year.
DESKTOP WALLPAPER FOR
Keep track of your year
with our 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.
Do you care about our environment and want
to make a difference? Grants of up to $5000 are now available for
schools, community organisations and businesses through the City of Hobart grant programs.
Applications due before 13 June 2017
If you're involved with
native vegetation based fieldwork, for research or planning, you
can now find information sheets for the 23 threatened native forest
vegetation communities listed on Schedule 3A of the Nature
Conservation Act 2002 on the DPIPWE website.
Authors are invited to submit their
abstracts for presentation at the 2018 Coast to Coast Conference,
Australia’s national coastal management conference, focussed on how
we manage and plan our coastal zone – now and into the future. Click here for more information.
Bushcarers, a big congratulations to Waterworks Valley Landcare who have
started a new and exciting on ground project in their local community -
rejuvenating a weedy roadside verge into wildlife habitat. Not only
has the group successfully completed their first working bee, but they have
engaged new volunteers to their group! Well done! You can read about other
exciting bushcare projects in the latest edition of the Bandicoot Times.
Please consider writing up an article for our newsletter, it is a great way
to showcase the incredible work you and your group are doing.
Cawthen, Bushcare Coordinator
Waterworks Valley Landcare, Streetscape Project,
Weeds of Southern Tasmania Booklet
This essential companion to any bushcarer has been updated
to include several newly declared weeds. This is a useful guide to
identifying priority weed species in our environment and how to tackle
them. Available for download now from the NRM South website (http://ow.ly/3k3b30cpQ0Y)
or in print from the City of Hobart bushcare program soon. If you'd like a
stash of booklets for your group, please let us know.
Volunteer Registration Form
We have a new volunteer registration form for new
volunteers. The form hasn't changed significantly in content from our last
form, but it has changed in appearance and is now downloadable
electronically into an editable word document format. The new form is
are updating our City of Hobart website, which means many of the hyperlinks
to various pages and documents will no longer work after July 3. If your
group manages a web site which has links to any of our pages, please let us
know, and we can send you through the new links in July.