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Announcing our Conference Speakers

Watch this space - many more to be announced as they are confirmed

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Andrew Marlton "Welcome to the moon!" FDotM

First Dog on the Moon cartoonist at The Guardian, and winner of the Walkley Award, will be hosting the Landcare Tasmania awards dinner!

Come and listen to the wonderful rantings of this comical cartoonist while he presents much deserved state awards to amazing Landcare volunteers from around the state. On Saturday 26 October in Hobart.

Read up on the FDonM Institute here

Tino Carnevale (Gardening Australia - Community Gardens and much much more)

Tino_Carnevale.jpgTassie born, he is a lifelong interest in plants and gardening stems from growing up on his family's small farm in Southern Tasmania, helping to tend its vineyard, olive grove and extensive vegetable garden.

As well as being a presenter on ABC Television’s Gardening Australia for a decade, Tino writes a weekly column for the Tasmanian newspaper The Mercury and also many articles for the Gardening Australia Magazine.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear and talk to Tino!

Read up on Tino here

Andrew Nichols (Redbank Farming - Linking conservation and farming)

Andrew_and_Joanne_Nichols.jpgRedbanks is a 380 hectare property, in north-west Tasmania operated by the Nichols family for over 20 years. An exemplary enter-prise for profitability and sustainability, almost one-third is natural bush, wetlands and revegetation areas. Most importantly, the Nichols have educated those around them that Landcare values do not conflict with production values by showing very clearly that the two can operate in harmony with great success.

Read about their farm in the Weekly Times

"Farmers’ quiet conservation saving Tasmania’s best land" in The Australian


Graeme Stevenson (Poologist - Soil health, dung beetles and earthworms)

Landcare Legend Graeme Stevenson was one of only three finalists for the 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award, in recognition of several decades promoting healthy soils in Tasmania, in particular the key role of dung beetles, earthworms and, well, poo.

Come and experience Graeme's infectious enthusiasm on soil health at the 2019 Tasmanian Landcare Conference!

Read about Graeme and check out the video!

Rachael Treasure, agriculturalist and best selling Tasmanian author of Jillaroo, The Stockmen, and The Rouseabout.

Rachel Treasure

She set her sights on becoming a rural journalist and writing a bestseller that would showcase contemporary rural women who were comfortable in and caring of their farming landscape.
In 2002 Rachael’s first novel Jillaroo kick-started the boom in contemporary rural women’s fiction.
Her latest novel White Horses uses storytelling to inspire insight and create a shared vision for a new age in agriculture where pure food and ecological health drive rural industry.
Come to her book launch in Hobart on Thursday 29 August at 5.30pm at Fullers Bookshop, or attend one around 
Australia in August and September!
Hannah Molony
Hannah Moloney from Good Life Permaculture on closed loop solutions

An exploratory chat about how we face “the great unknown” - including permaculture, regenerative agriculture, urban farming and human resilience.

She has over 15 years of hands-on experience in designing, building, managing and doing projects around urban agriculture, small-scale farming, permaculture and community development. In 2015 she was awarded the Tasmanian ‘Young Landcare Leader Award’ for her work with Good Life Permaculture and co-establishing Hobart City Farm. In 2018, she took part in the Tasmanian Leader’s Program and in 2019 she was Gardening Australia’s guest presenter on ABC TV. When she’s not working on other people’s gardens and farms, she’s working on her own and designing educational tea towels.


Elise Jeffery on busting weeds, listen to an ABC radio interview with Fonzie the weed busting dog here
Doris Blessing - innovations in agriculture 
Jamie Graham - how to burn off for healthy bush field trip to Bedlam Walls Sunday, watch an interesting article here
John Dennit - should your group become incorporated or a trust?
Kaylene Allan - cats in the environment, urban and bush
Lauren Faulkner - treating wombat mange in the wild
Nick Mooney - Raptors and rodenticides. How to care for wild birds with the poisons you use
Graeme Beech - Lord Howe Island Rodent Eradication Project 2019
Rachel Brown - Agriculture - Every cow out of every creek in Tas by 2030
Jason Whitehead - manages Cockatoo Hills, a Highland Conservation Pty Ltd property, read about him here
Lisa Cawthen - Discovering the secret world of bats – Friday night walk and talk


And so many more to be announced!

Full Weekend Program

Reflect, reorientate and reinvigorate your passion for caring for the land.

Friday 25 Oct - Welcome!

6pm – 7pm A thank you reception at Government House in Hobart to announce our Roll of Honour and Honorary Life Members, plus presentation of the inaugural Tasmanian Premier's Landcare Award (Event by invitation only)
6pm – 8.30pm Welcome BBQ and pizza at the Queens Domain in Hobart. Discovering the secret world of bats with Lisa Cawthen – walk and talk (Free for everyone with tickets to any part of the weekend)

Saturday 26 Oct - Conference & Awards at Blundstone Arena


9am – 4.30pm Conference talks, workshops and panel discussions at Blundstone Arena, Bellerive
6pm – 9pm 2019 Tasmanian Landcare Awards dinner celebration at Blundstone Arena, Bellerive

Sunday 27 Oct - Field Trips

9am – 4pm (approx) Field trips in the region linking in with talks and workshops from the Saturday conference