09 June 2017

Australian Wildlife Conservancy Wildlife Matters Magazine

Wildlife Matters Spring 2016
It is our pleasure to share with you the latest edition of AWC's Wildlife Matters.

I am writing to share with you the latest edition of Wildlife Matters.
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 including:
  • The establishment of the largest feral cat-free area on mainland Australia (at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, in central Australia)
  • 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.
Wildlife Matters Spring 2016
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!
Yours sincerely
AF
Atticus Fleming
Chief Executive
AWC
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08 June 2017

NRM South News

Your monthly NRM update for Southern Tasmania
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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!

Photo competition awards night
Congratulations 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 friends.


Greener 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 here.


NIG recipients announced
Recipients 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
Over 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.



Biosecurity survey
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.
Volunteer 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 Group. 




Our 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!
Bite sized grants
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 JUNE
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.



The Tasmanian Climate Change Office has announced the release of 'Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021'. Climate Action 21 sets the Tasmanian Government’s agenda for action on climate change through to 2021, including aspirational targets though to 2050.
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.
Submissions close 30 September 2017.



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



Hobart Bushcare


City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update
Hi 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. 
- Lisa Cawthen, Bushcare Coordinator 
Waterworks Valley Landcare, Streetscape Project, June 2017
Revised 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. 
New 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 available here
Website Upgrade
We 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. 
Note - If you use the link www.hobartcity.com.au/bushcare​ you will still get to our landing page
Grants
Dr Edward Hall Environmental and Waste Reduction Grant - Last chance!
Do you care for our environment and want to make a difference? Get your thinking caps on to share in $50,000 worth of funding for innovative environmental projects in Hobart.
Grants of up to $5000 are now available for schools, community organisations and businesses through two City of Hobart urban sustainability grant programs.
To be eligible, projects should focus on energy efficiency, waste reduction, air and water quality, food gardens, climate change, sustainable transport or local biodiversity.
Applications are due by 13 June 2017 and more information can be found at www.hobartcity.com.au/EnvironmentGrants.




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