March 2012 Newsletter

Peak Oil, Local Resilience and Financial Crisis

13th March 2012, 7:00pm – 9.30pm, Stanley Burbury Lecture Theatre,Sandy Bay campus

A Public Lecture with Nicole Foss, Co-Editor of The Automatic Earth.  An impending global crisis? Many assure us there is. What are the issues and opportunities for Tasmania?  How can we prepare and respond to ensure we ‘keep the lights on’ both metaphorically and physically?

Come and explore the interrelated issues of finance, energy, resources, environment, psychology, population and real politik that make up our current multi-faceted predicament.  An explanation of why we find ourselves in a state of crisis and what we can do about it.

Hosted by UTAS Sustainability Unit, Click here for more information. RSVP (UTAS): or phone 6226 2521; Enquiries – Fiona Brodribb –

Macquarie Street State School

Wednesday 14th March (8:00 pm) at the Darcy Street Community Centre

The Premier, Lara Giddings, is coming to the next Progress Association meeting to discuss possible continued community use of the former Macquarie Street State School.  Please come along to hear what she has to say and to voice your opinions and, hopefully, your suggestions for uses to keep the Old School in community hands.  The ALP-endorsed candidate for the Legislative Council, Dean Winter is also to attend.

Community garden for South Hobart

The Hobart City Council is seeking community engagement on a piece of Council owned land located at 106 Cascade Road South Hobart. This is the grassed area at the top of the Badminton Centre car park.  The South Hobart Sustainable Community Group will be providing HCC with a submission stating our interest in the site being used for a community garden. We envisage this space being developed as a community friendly resource that provides the opportunity for individuals, families and community groups to come together and produce their own food in a friendly and relaxed setting.

If you are supportive of a community garden being developed on this site it is most important that you provide feedback to Hobart City Council before March 30th by either completing the online HCC form or by contacting the Council via the GM (General Manager, GPO Box 503, Hobart 7001) or service centre (Hobart Council Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart).   Remember to mark your submission “Feedback – 106 Cascade Road, South Hobart”.

If you wish to become involved in community gardening initiatives in south Hobart or have any questions please send an email to and we'll keep you up to date.

Statewide free electronic waste collection

17th and 18th March 9am – 4pm

Rid yourself of unwanted computer and electrical equipment by dropping it off for recycling at the Glenorchy Royal Showground overflow carpark (access via Goodwood Road) or the old Kingston High School (Channel Highway). See this flyer for more information or contact 

FREE general waste disposal weekend at McRobies

 Sat 17 March and Sun 18 March 2012.

This offer is available only to Hobart City Council residents and ratepayers, so take your driver's licence or rates notice to confirm that you are a Hobart resident or ratepayer. A maximum of three cubic metres applies. Click here for more information or contact (03) 6238 2711.  I have spoken with Council and they assure me that they will also receive e-waste for free and will take a skip bin to the Glenorchy free electronic waste collection depot.  They will not landfill your e-waste this weekend, but you must take it to the tip-shop, not to the tip face itself.  Good on them I say!

Introduction to permaculture 2 day course

Sat 31st March and Sun 1st of April, Source Community Garden, Sandy Bay.

Here’s a golden opportunity to learn something new – just down the road.  This hands-on 2 day course will teach the basic principles of permaculture design that can help you lead a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle. Topics include garden and farm design, understanding microclimates, composting, organic food production and permaculture ethics. Cost is $150, concession available.  See here for more information

Growers gathering

3pm Sun 18th March, Clare's place, 370 Macquarie Street.

These gathers are for our local community,  to see how others do it, to enrich our confidence, to grow stuff to eat! It's fun and heartful and good!  Please bring a delicious delight to share for afternoon tea. Also as always you are the most important contribution! Please bring your garden enthusiasm, your questions and your wisdom to share. And if you do have extra plants, seeds, seedlings, garden produce and or miscellaneous things to swap and/or give away, please bring them too.


The Bushadventures autumn calendar is out now with wonderful activities in our beautiful suburb. Look at their webpage for more information, and print out their pretty calendar of events.

Garden skills programs

The Botanical Gardens are once again running its garden skills programs – cost effective gardening for the home, community or farm. Hands on learning with professional experts.  $15 per person, per session. Bookings are essential, so please confirm your place. Ph 6236 3050. See here for a list of the activities. 

Frank, Fearless or Forgotten? The Role of Public Service Today

28th Mar 2012 6-7:30pm, Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

Tasmania spends a high percentage of its budget on public sector wages. As purse strings tighten, difficult questions arise about return on that investment. Do we need fewer public servants, or simply better ones? What is the role, responsibility and relevance of public service today?  See here for more information. 

Art From Trash

This is a fun yet thought provoking annual event that invites visual artworks, including wearable art, created by reusing discarded materials. The Art From Trash art exhibition is open to all ages and presents an opportunity for first time, emerging and established artists to exhibit their work that comments on the urgent need for resource recovery and to minimise the inappropriate disposal of materials and resources. A number of awards will be presented. Artworks to be delivered to the Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre on Wednesday 2nd May and the exhibition begins on the 5th May.  For further information, entry forms and inspiration visit the Art From Trash website  The event is hosted by Resource Work Co-operative.