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April 2015 enews

Let’s celebrate volunteers

Established in 1989, National Volunteer Week (11-17 May, 2015) is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to thank the 6-million Australians who volunteer each year! The socio-economic and cultural value of volunteering to Tasmania in 2014 was estimated to be $4.9 billion, with 4 out of 5 Tasmanians volunteering over 7-million hours. This amazing contribution is recognised annually during National Volunteer Week.
Celebrate with us

Volunteer Week Celebration

The Volunteer Training Consortium and NRM South are delighted to invite environmental volunteers to a free BBQ lunch on 13 May 11am-2pm. Join guest speaker Adrienne Piccone (Volunteering Tasmania) and local volunteers.
This year’s theme is Give Happy Live Happy so come along and discover why many volunteers donate so much of their time so freely.
More information here

State Landcare Awards – nominations close 21 June

If you are involved in protecting or improving your local environment, farm, coastline, bushland, wetland, waterway, school, region, catchment or backyard, there is a category in this year’s awards to suit you – nominate now!
Winners will be announced at the Conference in the Huon Valley 10-11 October
Further information and nominate online

Come and discuss biosecurity at Agfest 7-9 May

Tasmania’s wilderness areas are under threat from introduced weeds, pests and pathogens that could drastically affect their natural beauty and the way we enjoy them.
Visit us in the Landcare Tas and DPIPWE tents at Agfest. You can also win in a share of $1,000 in prizes by completing this survey which will help us develop our biosecurity strategy.
More information on biosecurity

Bushcare’s Major Day Out

Bushcare’s Major Day Out is a national day designed to encourage us all to take part in the restoration and maintenance of our remaining bushland. The main date is 13 September (Landcare Week) but events can be held on any day.
Groups are invited to register now to be listed on the website and win great prizes.

More information

NRM South Membership

NRM South would like to invite people from the community to consider joining NRM South as a member.  Our free membership plays a vital role in providing feedback and input to the organisation, particularly when the AGM occurs in September. If you’re interested please visit the following link.
Become an NRM South member

Orange-bellied parrots show signs of recovery!

Supported by NRM South’s NI Grants, the Friends of Orange-bellied Parrots Wildcare spent several weeks last Summer in Melaleuca in Tassie’s Wilderness World Heritage Area, monitoring the breeding population of this critically endangered bird with some very encouraging results.
See the story

Threat abatement plan for feral cats

The draft plan provides a national strategy to identify activities to abate the threat and guide investment and effort in managing the impacts of feral cats on native species.
The Minister for the Environment has released the draft plan for public comment – closing 8 July 2015.
Further information

Conservation Landholders Forum

“The Value of Conservation Land in the Landscape” forum will provides people skills and information to help explain the importance of covenanted land to friends, neighbours and wider community.14 May, Campbell Town RSVPs essential
More information here

Australian Farmer of the Year Awards – nominations close 26 June!

These awards celebrate the highly professional, innovative and sustainable approach of our farmers and farming families, showcasing their passion and raising the profile of the important role they play in Australian agriculture – nominate now!
More information here

Events

2 May Healthy Horse and Land Expo, Pontville
7-9 May
Agfest, Carrick
13 May
Volunteer Week BBQ Celebration, Hobart
14 May
Conservation Landholders Tasmania forum, Campbell Town
16-17 May
Great Lake Trout Weekend, Liaweenee
29 May
Tasman Dirty Weekend – soils workshop
5 June
World Environment Day

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