November 2011 Newsletter

November 2011 calendar of events

Events in South Hobart

November Growers Gathering Sun 20 Nov

The Growers Gatherings are friendly, informal and a wonderful way to get together and share gardens, gardening interest and afternoon tea. Come along - ALL WELCOME even if you don't have produce to share!! Our Nov gathering will be at Uta’s place at 5pm.  Ring Uta 62246810 or Cindy on 6223 4118 for any queries.  See more.

Brilliant Bush Adventures in South Hobart

There are many wonderful Spring Bush Adventures in South Hobart.  Bookings through the Council are essential. See more

Ø      Wildflower Wander - Thu 10 Nov, 10am-12pm. Enjoy a gentle meander along the Lenah Valley track to explore the beauty and diversity of our local flora in spring: the wildflowers, the mountain plants and the ancient Gondwanan species that still survives today. Cost: $8 per person Meet: The Springs, Mt Wellington

Ø      The Caterpillar Club - Fortnightly 4 & 18 Nov, 9.45-11am. The Caterpillar Club is back! This fortnightly bushland playgroup series for little ones continues during the school term, offering a mix of interactive play, music, movement and making all based on our beautiful bushland. ($5 per session / $20 for 5 sessions).  Meet: Waterworks Site 9

Ø      Where the Wild Things Are – 4 & 18 Nov, 8-9.30pm.  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: $6 per person Meet: Gate to Waterworks Reserve

Ø      The Macrofacts on Microbats – Sat 19 Nov, 8.15-10pm.  Join Lisa Cawthen, a PhD student at UTAS who is studying bats in our local reserves and is absolutely passionate about these lovely little creatures. Try using a bat detector to hear and record calls and find out what challenges our bats are facing! We may even catch and release a real live bat.  Cost: $8 per person Meet: Cnr Chimney Pot Hill Rd and Huon Rd

Other sustainability events

Sustainable Living Expo 5 & 6 Nov

SLE 2011 at Princes Wharf is a free community celebration of sustainability. There will be 2 full days of entertainment and design provided by Tasmanian musicians, performers and cutting edge artists and designers. The Discussion program will bring together experts and prominent Tasmanians to explore Creating Tasmania's Future in a series of Q & A style discussions on the future of energy, land use, food, community, economy and transport in Tasmania.  Please contribute to the discussion by coming to the discussions and/or submiting a question online. At the Expo you will also find children’s activities, live demonstrations, the latest technology, interactive workshops and more. See more.

Woodbridge open day Sun 6 Nov

Woodbridge School has partnered with Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania, Peppermint Bay and Peppermint Bay Cruises to create opportunities based around the student’s interest in marine adventure and tourism.  Take yourself for a walk along the foreshore to experience the student’s outdoor learning environment... starting with the Marine Discovery Centre which will be open to the public.  Go to the Woodbridge Market or Peppermint Bay or take a cruise. See more.  

Tarremah spring fair 2011

An annual spring event showcasing the unique community spirit.  There will be home-cooked curries, paella, wood-fired pizza, gingerbread houses and cakes, hand-propagated plants, beautifully crafted toys and knitted goods, all fashioned from natural materials, puppet shows, flying fox, wheelbarrow rides and vertigo. There is also a coffee shop and lively music programme presented by students, parents and friends.  Also there is an opportunity to speak to teachers, see the students’ amazing work and wander through the classrooms and grounds. 11-3pm.  See more.

What’s Happening In My Back Yard Seminar Wed 2 Nov

A presentation by Dr Sally Bryant and Dr Kathleen Broderick at the GHD Meeting Room, 2 Salamanca Square Hobart (next to Smolt, Salmon shop/ restaurant) from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  Dr Sally Bryant, Reserves and Research Manager at the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) will give an overview of the way the TLC works and share the positive conservation outcomes of some recent projects.  The TLC is an environmental organisation that currently protects over 20,000 ha of high conservation value areas containing irreplaceable sites, threatened species and rare ecosystems. Dr Kathleen Broderick CEO - NRM South will provide a practical overview of the projects NRM South will be concentrating on over the next 12 months (and beyond).  EIANZ Members: Free.  Non members: $15. RSVP by COB Friday 28 October 2011. See more.

Weekend workshop - Shifting gears, making transition happen 2 - 4 Dec 
This weekend workshop is for those interested in growing sustainable communities. It will provide an opportunity to build on local initiatives and engage at a deeper level, finding ways to collaborate with other groups or developing purposeful actions such as designing an Energy Decent Action Plan for your community. It will be held at Parsons Bay Retreat in Nubeena, all are welcome. The cost is $100 per person - includes shared accommodation and meals from Friday night to Sunday afternoon tea. See more.

Other information

Mining policy of the toxic heavy metals taskforce Tasmania

The recently released Mining Policy of the Toxic Heavy Metals Taskforce Tasmania (THMTT) and the Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network (TPEHN) is now posted at the Pollution Information Tasmania website.

Garden mates wanted

The Still Gardening Program connects volunteer ‘Garden Mates’ with older gardeners who live independently and still garden, but love a little bit of help and company. The program has been running successfully for 4 years now and is a great way for older people to keep up with their gardens while enjoying physical activity in the sunshine with good company.  If you have an hour here and there to spend with an older person in your community, contact us on 6236 9349 or

Bits and pieces to give away

National foods (The Pura milk factory, Lenah Valley) have an ongoing supply of useful bits up for grabs:

Ø      Clean, flattened cardboard boxes.

Ø      Clean, large plastic bags (garbage bin and wheelie bin sized) a skip-bin of these are taken to the tip EVERY week.

Ø      Clean, new, unassembled milk cartons ideal for seedling propagation/planting or protection

Ø      Clean, new, plastic milk bottle tops (approx 1300 per box) in assorted colours ideal for maths as counters or for craft projects.

Call Keith Angell at National foods on 0406 587 997 to arrange collection. Remember these resources are available on an ongoing basis so you may never have to buy garbage bags again!