Wow what a Conference! Plus Outreach Events, AGM save the date
What a Weekend!
I am ever so grateful to the hundreds of people who had a role in the 2021 Tasmanian Community Landcare Conference weekend earlier this month, whether as a participant, speaker, sponsor, or volunteer. Tasmanian Landcarers' ongoing dedication to the broad range of issues represented in the theme of Restoration: Reconnecting People, Place, and Nature is truly inspiring. It was a hugely successful weekend with most events booked to capacity, thanks in part to our generous donors who sponsored nearly 40% of attendees, making the conference accessible to as many people as possible.
Feedback is flowing in on how enjoyable, informative, and energising the weekend was...
"Conference was fabulous. Inspiring speakers, delicious food and finally a sense that I'm not battling alone."
"There was plenty we took away to bench mark our own activities and a spread of different ideas we can take back to the group."
"I really enjoyed it all, the awards ceremony was a very 'warm' gathering and the field trip had such excellent hosts"
For those unable to attend, much of the content will be made available online. An army of volunteers video recorded most of the Saturday speakers, and we hope to have the edited clips online within the next month.
The Community Landcare Conference weekend was bursting with ideas from short talks on the whole spectrum of Landcare issues, with popular 'follow-the-speaker' sessions for questions. The conference is designed to lead into our annual program of Outreach Events and Member-led working bees for more in-depth experiences. We hope to see you again soon at events throughout the year.
Meanwhile, enjoy a few stories below about the weekend's events.
-- Peter Stronach, Acting CEO
To set the scene for our big Conference weekend, we asked Anna Povey from Friends of Trevallyn Reserve to speak at the welcome BBQ. She captivated us all with a heartfelt and relatable speech: A dog, hard work, and hope...
The conference day was a bustle of networking, and passions ignited, or re-ignited, for the Landcaring challenges ahead of us. Highlights included the personal feel to the welcome smoking ceremony, the popular 'follow-the-speaker' sessions, and workshops on seed collecting and tool maintenance.
Put your hands together for the Tasmanian Landcare Award Winners, those highly commended and ALL the incredible nominees making a positive impact in their patch! The weekend included two prestigious award ceremonies.
West Tamar: Urban habitat plantings, biodiversity, small farms and bandicoots...
East Tamar: Giant Freshwater Crayfish, sustainable farms, plastic recycling, and wine...
Cataract Gorge: Taking in the beauty and natural history of the Gorge with experts on bird life, reptiles and threatened flora...
Meander Valley: A catchment full of local Landcare groups showing off their sustainable farming properties, willow removal, riparian restoration...
Outreach Events Program
Training Workshops in Clarence
Landcare Tasmania is delivering workshops for a number of Landcare groups in the Clarence municipality, thanks to funding provided by Clarence City Council, who are working with us in supporting local groups. Cat management information sessions, workshops in nesting box construction, native seed propagation, and citizen science sessions have been held, with more coming up! Due to popular demand, there will be another citizen science workshop and a seed propagation session. Developing interpretive signage and a community action plan is also on the cards.
If this is something you would like to see in your own municipality, contact your local council to see if they would be interested in partnering with Landcare Tasmania to deliver programs like this for your community!
For those in the Clarence municipality, keep your eye out for an invite to the upcoming seed propagation workshop. Numbers are limited.
Register interest in future Training & Info sessions here:
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!
Blackmans Bay Landcare Group - Community Group
Friends of Orford Bird Sanctuary - Community Group
Peter Heyes Family Trust - Property-based Group
Dhamma Pabha Landcare - Community Group
Wildcare Friends of the Henty - Community Group
Campbell Town District High School - School Group
One Community Together Clarence - Community Group
Glenview Gardens - 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.
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