The Dirty Hands - July 2023

28th July 2023 |

This issue we showcase Landcarers creating wildlife corridors across property boundaries, give you an update on our seed resilience project, and the usual run-down of events, grants and all your Landcare updates.

Thanks for reading!

The Dirty Hands

July 2023

Do you know how to ID a whale by it's spout? Participants at our new school holiday program discovered whales in Tasmanian waters, plus much more! 

This issue we showcase Landcarers creating wildlife corridors across property boundaries, give you an update on our seed resilience project, and the usual run-down of events, grants and all your Landcare updates.

Thanks for reading!

Know Your Local Patch School Holiday Program a Hit!

Platypus, Coastal Habitat, Wetlands and Small Reserves

With a changing world, it has become increasingly vital to reconnect the younger generation with nature. Understanding the importance of this bond, our "Know Your Local Patch" program was recently launched with the aim of fostering a love for the environment among children.

We roamed tracks, beaches, wetlands and rivulets soaking in everything nature had to offer. We planted trees and shrubs, and the children encountered various bird species, animal evidence, waterbugs and unique plants in their local ecosystems.


The Member Spotlight

Congratulations to Grant Recipients

Image: Blackberry removal with Silver Hill Road Group

The Huon/Channel Catchment Restoration Project is officially underway in the Huon Valley & Kingborough. Congratulations to the following member groups who have received funding to undertake on-ground works to improve landscape and riverine health in south-east lutruwita/Tasmania:

  • Port Cygnet Land and Watercare Group - Agnes Rivulet Project (Cygnet)
  • Haley Family Landcare Group - Willow Control (Franklin)
  • Silver Hill Road Landcare Group - Wildlife Corridor Revegetation Project (Cygnet)
  • She-Oak Hills Landcare Group - Feral Cat Monitoring (Judbury)
  • Allens Rivulet and Sandfly Landcare Group - Seed Propagation (Allens Rivulet)

Check out the progress from Silver Hill Landcare and She-Oak Hills Landcare group on the blog. 


Upcoming Events


Succession Planning Webinar - tonight and tomorrow!

Online | 27th 6-7:30pm and 28th July 12-1:30pm

Planning for group longevity with Kim Boswell from The Forever Agenda.

Members only. 



Conference Updates

Award Nominations Open Now!

Nominations are now open for Landcare Tasmania’s three categories of recognition for outstanding contributions to Landcare.  Don't be shy, nominate yourself or others for an award - this celebration not only helps motivate us to keep going, but can be great for grant applications and public support too. 


Conference Tickets on sale now until 22nd September (LATEST!) or sold out.  Don't forget - our bursary ticket applications are now open.  If your budget won't stretch, apply for a bursary ticket here.  


Project Updates

Seed Resilience Project

Image: Seed Workshop Mountain River © Rowiina Howard

Landcare Tasmania’s Seed Resilience Project was developed in response to a forecasted decrease in native plant propagation and an increasing demand for local provenance plants for biodiverse revegetation projects in Tasmania.

The goal of this project is to set up community seed banks across the state and create a network of people who are involved and skilled in the collection, storage and distribution of native seed to meet the demand of revegetation projects in Tasmania.

Check out the blog for what we've been up to:



Landcare Action Grant Applications Closing Soon

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.


Volunteer Recruitment Course - Glowing Reviews!

This month we offered a Volunteer Recruitment package to a limited number of our members, who have gained lifetime access to course material which helps with the ins and outs of practical volunteer recruitment for group longevity. Thanks to Kim Boswell from the Forever Agenda for creating this highly relevant course. 

"Thanks so much Kim for the course. Just finished it, super helpful for re organising my brain around organising community tree planting days.

So many juicy things to remember in your course and the types of people, their motivations, how to ask, and to switch the thinking from asking to inviting.

I am inspired about community building activities and connections. Thanks heaps." 


This service forms part of our Member Support Program and has been funded by the Elsie Cameron Foundation.

Members: Get your orders in for bulk discount guards and stakes

Did you know as a Landcare Tasmania member you have access to discounted tree guards and stakes through our partnership with Waratah Wholesale?

There are a variety of guard types available as well as hardwood and bamboo stakes at the bulk discount rate. The next order requests are due 28 July 2023.


Landcare Tas Shop 

Back in stock! Growing Vegetables South of Australia - Steve Solomon 

Worth a Read

Listen to how this group have come to be the owners of Quarry Reserve and have been rehabilitating the area ever since. Working with introduced weeds and the impacts from the quarry, the group are "finally starting to see daylight"
"This study, the City of Hobart's first ever State of the Rivulets Report, uses the presence and diversity of waterbugs to provide a benchmark for the ecological health of Hobart's four major rivulets."

Thanks for reading

The Landcare Tasmania Team