The Dirty Hands - November 2021

Post-Conference Resources | Directorship Opportunities | Member Planting | Cultural Burning Workshop | Montrose Bay High Landcare Program | + more


Conference Resources 

We are slowly uploading over 40 talks from our conference. If you came and couldn't see everyone you wanted - here's your chance! Couldn't make it? Check out a talk or two.

Why not get started by grabbing a cuppa and absorbing a bit of wetlands wisdom from Dr Vishnu Prahalad? Or hear from Aunty Patsy Cameron on reviving the beating heart of Country. 

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified when new resources are up. 

Directorship Opportunities  

Landcare Tasmania is seeking expressions of interest for Directors to fill vacancies on our Board.  

Landcare Tasmania's Board is responsible for ensuring the proper management of the affairs of our organisation. The Board consists of 7 Directors, each with a normal term of 3 years for a maximum of 2 terms. Positions on the Board are honorary and you'll be working alongside a great bunch of people committed to building on the unique strengths of community Landcare to continue to make a difference to our environment and sustainability challenges.


Member Focus: Planting at Myrtlewood

The family of enthusiastic Landcarers over at Myrtlewood Pastoral were thrilled to be awarded a grant from Landcare Tasmania and 15 Trees in 2020, to assist them in realising their revegetation dreams for their farm, Myrtlewood.  

Faced with a mix of soil types, tricky weeds, and some heavy rain (making for some sloshy plantings), the family have now established a shelterbelt and begun refurbishing an old quarry site (not without some good advice from Herbert Staubmann). 

             "We are very excited about our new plants and will endeavour to maintain them with regular watering and weed eradication, particularly in this first couple of years while they become established. We are very appreciative of both Landcare and Fifteen Trees in assisting us with the ongoing revegetation projects at Myrtlewood in 2021 and beyond."

-Madeleine, Andrew, Matilda and Charlotte 



This project is part of our Member Onground services.  Do you need support for your Landcare project? Submit a proposal to The Project Bank. Read more about how it works, and get your cunning plans together! 

📆 Cultural Burning Workshop this Weekend 

The South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (SETAC) began a collaboration with Landcare Tasmania in 2021 to start a series of cultural burning workshops for Landcare members.

This workshop will be led by Jason Andrew Smith, palawa man, cultural burning educator and fire practitioner.  Jason is passionate about passing on this important knowledge. 

What: Cultural Burning Workshop with SETAC

Where:  215 Scarrs Rd
Garden Island Creek

When:  November 21, 2021 at 1:00pm - 5pm

RSVPs are essential and open to Landcare Tasmania members only. 


**As part of this program there will be photography and audio/visual recording and all participants will need to sign this consent form (it is an Australian Government requirement for these workshops!) - a form can be provided for you to sign on the day.


This workshop is part of our Outreach Program which aims to increase capacity for Landcarers.  Check out our 2021 Outreach Events Calendar for learning and training opportunities.


Landcare Program at Montrose Bay High  

Montrose Bay High have been going gangbusters with all things Landcare.  From creek restoration, to a pumping spring veggie patch, to ocean ecosystems learning, the kids are hands-on in keeping their patch happening and healthy. 

The students have harvested a huge spring bounty, learnt from Marine Biologist Chloe Power on ocean ecosystems and zooplankton, and have been planting to provide habitat for wildlife (birds, insects, small mammals, platypuses, and their famous ducks!), improve water quality (plants help filter water), increase biodiversity in the water, and reduce creek bank erosion - all adding to the school's already incredible aesthetics!


Landcare Tasmania's education program now includes 30 member schools ranging from Early Learning to High School.  Would your educational institution benefit from a Landcare program? Why not become a member?

Harper's Story: Penguin Rehab & Release 

Our members Penguin Rehab & Release reached out to us to share the story of Harper- a feisty little penguin in care, who needs support for her recovery. 

"As well as crushing her foot, the incident with the forklift had ‘shaved’ a few of her back feathers, so that she really wasn’t waterproof – a very sad state for a penguin!"

She is a very determined penguin, with lots of character, (check out the videos on Penguin Rehab's Facebook and you'll see what we mean). For the full story, and to donate, visit Harper's GoFundMe page. All donations will go to assisting her in her recovery and helping her to get back home. 



Our Member Admin services include sharing member stories, events and calls to action.  Would you like us to share your story? Get in touch


Landcare Tas Shop update

Need cards for Christmas? We've got you covered with our card packs featuring beautiful David Hopkins watercolour designs, as well as some special Christmas packs.
Dabbers for weed control are also back in stock.
New arrivals coming soon!
We are excited to start stocking Flips! These handy laminated references are excellent companions to your bush adventures, and would make great Christmas gifts. Keep an eye on our online store as these will be added soon.


Worth Reading More 


UTAS Landcare Society and Goodwood Primary School have been taking care of last years' plantings, and putting a few more in the ground. 



The endangered Ammonite Pinwheel Snail is endemic to Hobart, with only 200 individual snails left. 


Australia's Nitrogen footprint is large compared to other countries. Researchers recommend five areas of focus for management. 


Welcome to our New Member Groups

New member groups are a great demonstration of the generosity of the Tasmanian community to get involved in caring for our bush, land, coasts, rivers, and wildlife. They're contributing to our vision for all the land and coasts of Tassie to be cared for by the community. Join them if you're in their area!

West Coast Connect- Community Group

Low Head Community Garden - Community Group

North Motton Landcare Group- Property-based Group

Become a member

Landcare is for everyone! We know there are more of you out there thinking of joining. As a grassroots movement, we support and empower you to address the environment and sustainability issues that are important in your community.


Support Community Landcare 

Strengthen the Landcare movement in Tasmania by helping us provide vital services and grants to onground projects.  All donations above $2 are Tax Deductible and go into the Tasmanian Landcare Fund. 


Events Calendar

See the bottom of this newsletter for a listing of member events in the coming months, and click the button to see the full Events Calendar. If your event is not listed please contact us.


Thanks for reading

The Landcare Tasmania Team

Peter Stronach - Acting CEO
Priscilla Richards - Landcare Services Manager
Rachel Larner - Finance and Administration Manager
Jenn Gason – Communications & Database Assistant
Jakob Sprickerhof –  Project and Engagement Officer
Kat Traill - Event Producer
Evie Drinnan - Executive Assistant
Joy Pfleger – Outreach and Engagement Officer