February 2012 Newsletter

Events in South Hobart (and around)

Input sought on Community Orchard and Garden in South Hobart

Transition Towns - A talk with Adrian, from Totnes

South Hobart produce at the Source Farm Gate Market stall

Garage sale 

DIY energy savings around the home - a new website

Bush Adventures in South Hobart

Kingston Comedy Bar - RAW Comedy Competition Heat #1 

Input sought on Community Orchard and Garden in South Hobart

Last year, the Food Growers Subgroup recieved some funding to establish a Community Orchard in South Hobart. The idea behind establishing the orchard was to create a welcoming community space where people could picnic, socialise, hold workshops (ie pruning, grafting, composting) and become familiar with some fruit and nut varieties which grow well in the South Hobart area.  We have been in discussions with Hobart City Council about possible locations for the orchard for some time and are now looking for imput from our members on Wellesley Park, which was identified as a potential site for the orchard.  Being an old tip site, Hobart City Council agreed to undertake soil testing to determine it's suitability for food growing.  The tests came back clear, so we recently met onsite with representatives of Hobart City Council, the Bushcare group and the South Hobart Progress Association to discuss potential locations within the park.  The two options that we have come up with are either:
  • the open grassy area between the Playground equipment and bank towards the Wentworth Street entrance or
  • the area on the top side of that path, where the old playground was and which currently has some eucalypts, wattles, etc that would need to be cleared.  
We are now seeking your imput to inform our future discussions on the Orchard placement. If you currently use Wellesley Park (or think you would if there was a community orchard onsite) can you please consider these two options and complete our online survey: complete our online survey. If you have further imput or would like to be involved with the community orchard, please email: lissa@southhobart.org.

In addition, there has been interest in including a community garden either with or close to the orchard.  The grassed area above the Badminton Centre carpark has been assessed and is our preferred site for development.  Council is currently in the process of opening this area for Expressions of Interest, so we plan to submit a proposal to them for creating a community garden in this space. If you are intersted in being involved, please contact Reuben (reuben_greer@msn.com).

Transition Towns - A talk with Adrian, from Totnes

The Transition Towns movement has spread rapidly around the world with the aim of equipping communities for the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil by raising awareness of sustainable living and building local resilience. Communities are encouraged to seek out methods for reducing energy usage as well as increasing their own self reliance such as growing food locally. South Hobart is the first official Transition Town in Tasmania, yet many of us do not know what that means.

Adrian Porter, co- manager of the Transition Streets in Totnes, England will be in Kingston to talk about his home town of Totnes and how it became the world’s first Transition Town. The public talk will be on Wednesday 8 Feb at 7pm at the new Twin Ovals Function Centre near the Kingborough Sports Centre – please see here for more details. 

South Hobart produce at the Source Farm Gate Market stall

On Sunday 12th Feb (and fortnightly thereafter for a few months) Source are holding a stall at the Farm Gate Market in Melville Street.  They are happy to sell our excess produce.  Do you have fresh fruit and veg to sell at the stall?  If so please email Lissa (or call 0403222405) and let her know if you will have anything to contribute and what quantity you predict you will have? And if you happen to be at the market, please look for the Source stall and buy our South Hobart produce.  Perhaps one day we can have a South Hobart market, but for now a stall at the Farm Gate Market is a wonderful beginning. 

Garage sale 

Garage sale at 42 Hillborough Rd Sat 4th Feb - 9 a.m - 3 p.m. Already potted Cmybidiums for $5 each and other treasures.

DIY energy savings around the home

We would like to draw your attention to a website recently published, dedicated to introducing products and materials required to make important energy savings around the home. The website focuses on DIY projects and explains each project including background information and links to other resources. Materials, products and services required for projects are detailed including online and local suppliers. Upgrades and actions are organized by topic (insulation, hot water cylinder improvements, lighting, draughts, windows, controlling standby energy and energy meters and miscellaneous products.

So take a look and see what else you could be doing to save energy :)

The project has been funded by the Waterworks Valley Community Climate Connect Grant, looking at what prevents people making changes that result in a lower carbon lifestyle.

Bush Adventures in South Hobart

Where the Wild Things Are – Fri 17 & 24 Feb, 8.15-9.45pm.  At night a whole other world of creatures come out to play in our bushland! We’ll go on a night walk to see where the wild things are…then head back to the campfire for toasted marshmallows, a warm drink and a story.  Cost: $7 per person Meet: Gate to Waterworks Reserve

Polly the Platypus – Thu 9 Feb, 10-11.30am.  Polly is a platypus who loves to dance….underwater! Join us for a story all about Polly and her lovely life in the river. We'll play some particularly platypussy games and make a little platypus friend to take home.  Meet: Waterworks Site 3

Mini Monsters of the Natural World – Tue 7 Feb, 10-11.30am.  See if you can catch a water tiger or a damselfly. Explore the different stages of mini-beast lifecycles from wriggling larvae to magnificent adults. Join us on this investigative adventure to see if we can find where the mini monsters are hiding out! Meet: Waterworks Site 10

Kingston Comedy Bar - RAW Comedy Competition Heat #1 

Kingston Comedy Bar - RAW Comedy Competition Heat #1.Wed 8th Feb, 8.00pm (doors open 7.15pm). Southern Lights Hotel, 19 Kingston View Drive, Kingston. $12 - online at www.tadaa.com.au/bookings or at the door (if not sold out). RAW Comedy competition is Australia's biggest open mic comedy competition. Join us to show your support as new stand-up comedians take to the stage for a precious five minutes each, with the aim of winning over the judges and scoring a place in the state final in March, to vie for a spot in the national final in Melbourne in April.
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