The Dirty Hands - September 2023

29th September 2023 |

Seeds Resilience | Waterwatch | Order plants now | Member spotlight | Raffle Prizes + more

Welcome to the September issue of the Dirty Hands newsletter.  We've got updates on some of our exciting new projects - including our Seed Resilience Project, and a great video introducing the Pages Creek Catchment Project with ZooDoo.

Upcoming events include the second round of our new school holiday program, a natural capital accounting info day, a waterwatch session, and our AGM. 

And of course, our landmark conference is just two weeks away.  Check out conference happenings here or head to the bottom of the email for some exciting raffle and photo comp winner announcements!

This month's member spotlight is Oldina Landcare Group - find out how they discovered the benefits of keeping stock out of regeneration areas.

Thanks for reading! :-) 

Seed Resilience Project Meeting 

In a significant stride toward bolstering Tasmania's native seed resilience, Landcare Tasmania recently hosted the Seed Resilience and Community Seed Bank Meeting. This forms part of our Seed Resilience Project supported by the Tasmanian Government.

We were joined by panellists James Wood (Royal Botainical Gardens Tasmania), Dan Frost (Seeding Victoria), Ruth Mollison (Island Seeds) and Sally & Herbert Staubmann (Habitat Plants) who shared their expertise and experiences with the Landcare community. This was a great start to the discussion on how to move forward with seed resilience in Tasmania, with several options raised as to the future of native seed supply.

Read more on the blog below to watch the recording of the meeting, take our survey, join the Seed Collectors Network, and find out more about the project generally.

Read more on the blog

WATERWATCH: Learning how to monitor water quality in the North West Bay River Catchment

In a new waterwatch program aimed at preserving the health of local waterways, community members living along the North West Bay River joined a training session on water health. We were lucky to have two of our favourite water health experts, Simon Roberts and John Gooderham.

Read more on the blog

The TLF Plant Grant: A New Small Grant For Member Projects

Last week eligible projects in our member's Project Bank were invited to apply for up to 300 native plants, guards, and stakes as part of our TLF Plant Grant.  This is a small grant round aimed at supplementing ongoing member-led projects that include native revegetation.

This grant opportunity is available thanks to generous donations to the Tasmanian Landcare Fund. We hope to offer this grant opportunity annually, as donations allow. Members can submit projects to the Project Bank at any time, and will receive an invitation to apply when suitable grant opportunities like this arise.

More Information

Pages Creek Restoration Project: Video by ZooDoo out now

Watch the Pages Creek Catchment Restoration video thanks to ZooDoo. 

This project aims to create habitat connectivity by creating a corridor of native vegetation to support local species including the threatened green and gold frog. 

This  project was developed in partnership with ZooDoo and contributes to the Pages Creek Catchment Restoration Plan as a part of Landcare Tasmania's Landscape Restoration and Community Outreach programs funded by the State Government's Landcare Action Grants Additional Projects Round.

Read more about the project

Time to order plants for 2024!

Are you or your organisation planning to plant Tasmanian native trees, shrubs, grasses or groundcovers during the 2024 planting season (autumn to end of winter)?

Your local nursery will need your plant order now!

For example, the Understory Network have let us know that propagation is now underway at their Tolosa Park nursery.

If you have upcoming planting projects, the Understorey Network are happy to receive your order and grow to your specific requirements (seed stock dependent).

Ordering plants with the Understorey Network

Check out our resource on revegetation including a list of statewide nurseries here:

AGM Preliminary Notice

Save the date! Landcare Tasmania's AGM will be held on the 17th November at 5pm at RACV Hobart. 

More details to come. 

Member Spotlight: Combining a Landcare Action Grant with a Trail Camera

Oldina Landcare Group recently acquired a trail camera with the support of Waratah-Wynyard Council’s Community Activation Grants program to assist the Groups’ Feral Cat tracking and management project on the properties of members and other interested farm owners.

Read more about how they discovered the benefits of keeping stock out of regeneration areas below. 

Read More on the Blog

Upcoming Events

Know Your Local Patch October School Holiday Series!

Know Your Local Patch is back these school holidays! We have two awesome family friendly events planned to get you and your kids learning about all the exciting things happening in your backyards.

  • Dodges Ferry - 1st October
  • Ulverstone - 11th October

More Info + Registration


Water Quality Info and Training Session

When: 7th October 10:00am-3:00pm

Where: Douglas Apsley Waterhole, Bicheno

Join us at the Douglas Apsley waterhole to learn how to test water quality and identify waterbugs with experts John Gooderham and Simon Roberts.

Lunch provided! Free event, registration mandatory. More Info + Registration


Natural Capital Accounting Info Day

When: 8th November 9:00am-3:30pm

Where: Campbell Town Hall

Environmental markets are set to take off across Australia, and Landcare Farming and Accounting For Nature are helping producers get a head start with their Natural Capital Accounting Field Days. That’s why we’re excited to announce that Landcare Tasmania will be hosting a Natural Capital Accounting Info Day at Campbell Town Hall. More Info + Registration


Raffle Now Open!

Amazing prizes up for grabs thanks to our generous donors

We are very excited to announce that our 2023 Tasmanian Community Landcare Conference Raffle is now open.  With a bundle of incredible prizes up for grabs you're going to want to get your hands on a ticket! 

A huge thanks to all of the amazing prize givers below who have donated prizes to support the Landcare community in lutruwita/Tasmania. 


Prizes and Ticket Purchase


Image: 'Woods of turrukana' by Liam Oakwood. Winner in Supportive Network category. 

Announcing Photography Competition Winners!

We are very excited to announce the winners of the 2023 Tasmanian Community Landcare Photo Competition!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated and shared their special places, people and creativity. We are so impressed with the unique perspectives, stunning compositions and visual storytelling abilities from the competition entries.

A big thanks to Keep Tassie Wild and Stallards Camera House Hobart for donating prizes!

Check out the winners below.

Photo Comp Winners

Thank You to Conference Sponsors

With just two weeks out until the 2023 Tasmanian Community Landcare Conference - we would like to say a BIG thank you to all of the sponsors that are helping to make this landmark conference happen. 

View our conference sponsors

More News

Upcoming Events

Red Hot Tips Burn Demonstration – Gorse control – Epping Forest, TAS
Saturday 7th October 10am - 3pm

Drought Ready Tasmania Forum - Wednesday 1st November pantukina/Campbell Town


Member Newsletters

[PDF] Download King Island Field Naturalists SEA ELEPHANT SUNDAY report - a rundown of their exploration of tracks at Sea Elephant. 

[PDF] Australian Plant Society Newsletter

Local Groups and Working Bees

Did you know that there are over 300 Landcare groups across the state working hard to care for land and water? 

Don't forget to check out our directory of groups and the upcoming working bees happening all over the state!

Landcare Community Working Bees

Thanks for Reading!


The Landcare Tasmania Team 

Landcare Tasmania

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