The Dirty Hands - June 2023

27th June 2023 |

Visiting Penny's Farm, hands-on workshops, and turning carparks into penguin habitat. Read on for your monthly Landcare updates. 


The Member Spotlight

Friends of Burnie Penguins

Good news for Burnie’s Little Penguins!

UTAS, in conjunction with Friends of Burnie Penguins (FOBP) have begun work to transform carparks near the penguin colony into more habitat for them to roam.

The area will see the planting of hundreds of native plants, as well as burrows and tunnels so penguins can move between the beach and their new area. 

"We are really excited about the new development in the area.. It's a unique opportunity to enhance the area environmentally and see native vegetation return to the area."


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Upcoming Events



Huon Valley Feral Cat Day + Launch of Huon/Channel Landscape Project

Huonville | 1st July

Expert speakers will cover the impacts of feral cats on wildlife, biodiversity and livestock + a practical workshop.



Conference Updates

Early Bird Tickets on Sale Tomorrow!

Limited early bird tickets go on sale 23 June, closing 14 July or sooner if it's sold out.  This conference is all about action! Don't miss out. 


We want your thoughts! 

What would you like to see at the 2023 Conference? It is crucial for us organisers to gain insight into what our members' interests are so we can present a wholesome program for all to engage in, enjoy and be inspired by.  Submit your suggestions here by June 30. 


The Photography Comp

Don't forget, we have extended the deadline for our biannual photo competitionSubmit your fabulous snaps before 30th June and help to showcase Landcare, community and the natural world. Prizes up for grabs...


Project Updates

A trip to Penny's Farm

Image: Pete and Penny

We enjoyed A picturesque visit to Penny Laskey's property to have a look at the natural regeneration happening along the kukuninka/Leven River in North West lutruwita.

We chatted to ABC's Meg about Penny's Landcare Project and introduced the new round of Landcare Action Grants available statewide. 


Applications for the Landcare Action Grants Open Round are now open and close 31st July, 

The first round will prioritise projects which protect and enhance native vegetation, including planting new areas of native vegetation, protecting habitat, and maintaining and improving ground cover.


Events Wrap-Up

75 native plants to celebrate 75 years of Lions

On 9th June we spent a sunny winter's day planting 75 native plants to celebrate 75 years of Lions in Clarence City Council. 

Reducing the impacts of feral cats - an info session in Triabunna 

At this info session on 17th June we learnt how devastating feral cats, stray cats and even pet cats are to wildlife and livestock - and what we can do. 


Rat Poison Reminder

Single-dose rat poison is killing Tassie's native wildlife. 


Congrats Rob Arvier Grower of the Year!

We are very proud of our Members Council representative Rob Arvier for being awarded the Corteva Agriscience Young Grower of the Year award for his sustainability achievements at West Pine Ag.  

“Robert has become one of the industry’s leading advocates for sustainable farming practices, setting an example for other growers and bringing to life some truly exciting initiatives,” said AusVeg CEO Michael Coote.

Congrats Rob!


Coming Soon: Workshops for Kids

Know your Local Patch 


We are in the middle of planning some exciting events for young people to connect to and get to know local areas. If you and your kids love the outdoors, nature, animals, and discovering what's in your local patch, you'll love these workshops... stay tuned for the school holiday announcement! 



Worth a Read

Thanks for reading

The Landcare Tasmania Team

Peter Stronach – CEO
Priscilla Richards – Member Services Manager
Rachel Larner – Finance and Administration Manager
Jenn Gason – Communications and Volunteer Coordinator
Angela Reiher – Education Officer
Cynthia Schaap – Project Officer
Claire Byrne - Executive Assistant 
Lily Fraser - Project and Engagement Officer 
Jess Fitzgibbon - Events Coordinator
Allison McCrindle - Events Coordinator
Ben Mildren - Events Officer