News and Announcements

Notice re 2018-19 SHSC AGM and launch of two exciting new initiatives: "Divest the Suburbs" and Electric Vehicle Bulk Buy

posted 8 Nov 2019, 17:27 by Garth Coghlan

On behalf of the South Hobart Sustainable Community (SHSC) I invite you to our Annual General Meeting, starting at 7pm at South Hobart Primary School Hall on Wednesday 20 November 2019

We welcome nominations for office bearers and committee members. Please refer to the attached summary of roles and if you are interested please fill out and submit a nomination form to by Sun 17 Nov 2019.

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It can be easy to assume that we have little power to impact the fossil fuel industry. South Hobart Sustainable Community (SHSC) has two exciting initiatives for the coming months that will help you do just that.

Immediately following the AGM, Millie Rooney will outline the "Divest the Suburbs" campaign and how you can help the transition from fossil fuels to a renewable economy. Then Anton Vikstrom from Good Car Company will launch the Electric Vehicle Bulk Buy - and provide an overview of the vehicles being offered and the terms of the bulk buy.

Please note that a more in-depth Information Session for the Electric Vehicle Bulk Buy that will involve detailed question and answer time will be held at same location on Wed 4 December.

Spring in South Hobart...AGM, Hobart Rivulet Park reopens, D'Arcy St Roundabout, secatuers maintenance

posted 23 Sept 2016, 06:08 by SHSC Secretary   [ updated 24 Sept 2016, 06:07 ]

2016 SHSC Inc. AGM
Saturday 8 October, 3pm

South Hobart Community Garden, Cascade Road (up the back of the large carpark opposite the Badminton Centre)

Join us for a quick AGM (last year's only took 15 minutes) followed by a garden party (i.e. bubbles, nibbles) and children welcome. We've secured funding for a garden shelter, so would love to hear your ideas for it!

Also, if anyone is interested in taking a role on the SHSC Facilitators group, please contact us via

We'd love to hear from anyone able to assist in communications, that can fill the vacant Secretary role (estimated average commitment of 1 hour per fortnight)

Please mark the date and come along to make sure we have a quorum (based on RSVPs to date, we need another 10 people).

Hobart Rivulet Park reopened

The Hobart Rivulet Park between Molle and McKellar Streets has reopened. The redeveloped track is an average of 3m wide, with a concrete aggregate surface, textured to provide grip on wet days.

The Council thanks the South Hobart community for its patience with the delayed completion of this development.

There will be a formal opening for the path, which is expected to take place in October.

Petition to City of Hobart re improvements to D'Arcy St, Washington St, Cascade Road "roundabout"

City of Hobart is considering minor maintenance to the "roundabout" at this busy intersection. Due to a number of near-misses from pedestrians trying to cross between the shops and Hospital, or the playground/soccer ground, a number of residents feel that a safer crossing is necessary. The existing kerb ramps are difficult for wheelchairs and strollers to easily transition from footpath to road and back. The lack of defined crossing paths, or different surface treatments, makes it hard for drivers to know where to give way.

If you also feel that improvement is needed, then please pop into the Macquarie Street Supermarket (Cascade Road/Darcy St IGA) or Ginger Brown to sign a petition to HCC to ask them to improve the safety of this "roundabout". If we don't request this now, there is a risk that the maintenance work will entrench the existing flaws.

Growers Gathering - secateurs maintenance workshop

Sunday 2 October, 3pm

Sylvia is hosting the Grower's Gathering, with Gaby providing tuition, so bring your secateurs and some old rags along. If you have a small sharpening stone you can also bring it. Gaby will bring the tools and WD40 etc along and we can bring our secateurs back to life!

If interested, please contact Gaby for address details -

South Hobart Primary School Annual Fair
Saturday 5 November, 10:30am - 2pm

Come along and support the school community. Pick up a bargain in the bric-a-brac and second hand book section; hand pick a handmade craft item; stock up on plants for your garden; bring the kids for a jump on the bouncy castle or a play in any of the multiple tents and activity station; enjoy a yummy lunch or try your luck at our lucky dip stall. Whatever you do, have fun and enjoy the day!

Sustainable Living Festival - The Future Could be Awesome

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November, 10am - 5pm

The Future Could Be Awesome reflects this years vibrant Sustainable Living Festival. This year's program features a story slam, poetry slam, and "The Sketches" - an energetic hybrid of impromptu theatrics, "speak-singing" in an Australian accent, and cheeky on-stage repartee. Aside from these highlights, there will be the usual delicious cooking demonstrations, informative talks, practical workshops, live music, art installations, kids activities and exhibits from local businesses and community groups.

August happenings

posted 11 Aug 2016, 12:58 by SHSC Secretary   [ updated 11 Aug 2016, 13:40 ]

Reap what you sow

Community garden working bee
Saturday 13 August 1-3pm at the community garden

It's time to start preparing for SPRING. The garden is looking lovely and we have a few spare plots if you now any locals in need of some growing space.

Tasks will include planting, weeding, watering, mulching and decorating signs if you wish. We hope to see you all there :)
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Feed back on the draft South Hobart Good Neighbour Agreement
By the 27 August

Over the past year we have been developing a Good Neighbour Agreement with the City of Hobart landfill site at McRobies. The South Hobart Sustainable Community participated in the development of the Agreement in order to encourage a reduction of waste going to landfill. The Agreement also covers traffic, odour, dust and noise from the site. Please take a moment to read the short draft Good Neighbour Agreement, developed by MRA consulting and the City of Hobart and send us any comments you have. 

Do you think Council should start collecting food waste? Do you think they could help businesses recycle better? Do you have any ideas? If so, let us know - 

Garage sale trail

Garage sale trail
Saturday 22 October

Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s big day of GOOD STUFF with over 10,000 garage sales happening around the country. Now in its sixth year, Garage Sale Trail, is a free, council-powered day of garage sales that attracts over 300 000 bargain-loving shoppers nationally. With over 2 million pre-loved treasures expected to be up for sale.

The day exists to do more than help people sell their unwanted stuff and hone the skills of bargain hunters. The simple act of buying and selling at a garage sale does a whole lot of ‘good stuff’ beyond making extra cash and finding treasure. It’s a simple way to bring communities together, reuse and rethink the idea of what waste really is… while having an excuse to get dressed up, bake and barbeque.

Learn more about the Good Stuff. Get Involved - Host A Sale or Shop The Trail
Growers gathering

Growers gathering
Sunday ??

Come and join us, bring any garden things you have excess of that you would like to share. As always, everyone is welcome with or without goodies to swap - the main point is to be together and share all our garden questions, solutions and general combined wisdom. Do bring something to share for a delicious dinner at ?? South Hobart.

South Hobart in Winter - Cabaret, gardening and funds for our community

posted 18 Jul 2016, 03:07 by SHSC Secretary   [ updated 18 Jul 2016, 12:56 ]

Sth Hbt Community Garden

Community Garden wins grant funding for shelter!!

We’ve been granted over $10,000 from the Commonwealth Government under the Stronger Communities Program to construct a shelter, seating and accessible garden. This will be developed in the space at the rear of the garden, on the kunanyi/Mt Wellington side of the garden.

We have got big plans for our little patch but we always welcome new ideas, so let us know your veggie visions (or if you've got energy to help with the construction!) with a quick email to

Establishing a Community Bank in Hobart

Help establish a community bank in South Hobart
Friday 22 July from 2-4pm

Lady Gowrie Child Care, 269 Davey Street (access from end of next to Barrecode)

Re-energise efforts to establish a community-owned, ethical bank that invests half of its profits in the local community. The Steering Committee invites you to come to a workshop to help us expand our reach beyond South Hobart to create a successful Bendigo Community Bank in the foothills of kunanyi/Mt WellingtonAfternoon tea will be available.

Please register to attend 


National Tree Day
Sunday 31 July from 1:30-3pm

Wellesley Park (access from end of Wentworth Street)

Bushcare & Bush Adventures  will be celebrating National Tree Day at Wellesley Park in South Hobart.  Bushcare will be giving away native plants for your garden, deck or patio, and will be on-hand to provide guidance on planting native gardens. The local South Hobart Bushcare group will also be in attendance.  Bush Adventures will be running a series of kids activities for all ages exploring the world of trees. 
This is a free event.  All welcome. 
Enquiries to Lisa Cawthen, HCC Bush Coordinator 6238 2884

Cabaret - fun fundraiser for South Hobart Primary School
Saturday 6 August 7-11pm at the school hall

South Hobart Primary School is having a Cabaret night (for grown ups) on August 6th.

Canapes, welcome cocktail and a night of engaging entertainment included. A range of performances from parents and the school community (Jugglers, singers, comics) followed by the headline act - King Cake with Pete Cornelius and Al Dobson on the sax and the rest of the band.

It's a great chance to get to know the local community and it's open to everyone. Buy your tickets now!

Happenings in South Hobart

posted 10 Dec 2015, 15:32 by SHSC Secretary   [ updated 10 Feb 2016, 14:55 by Lissa Villeneuve ]

Sth Hbt Community Garden

Community garden working bee
Saturday 13 February 1-3pm at the community garden

The garden is looking lovely. Happily the working bee coincides with the sixth day of the Chinese New Year for year of the monkey which is apparently an auspicious time for returning to work (in the garden!). We have a few spare plots if you now any locals in need of some growing space.

Tasks will include planting, weeding, watering, mulching and decorating signs if you wish. We hope to see you all there :)

South Hobart community bank

All Saints Twilight Market 
All Saints Fri 11 Dec 3-7pm (and Sat 12 Dec 9-2pm)

Imagine a profitable local bank that can help fund cool stuff around South Hobart. Pledging your support is an investment in the community and your imagination is the only limit to the kinds of things we can support. If you are looking for a Christmas gift that keeps on giving, think about buy your special person a future share in the South Hobart Community Bank this Christmas!

You can get your gift-wrapped pledge present at one of the two upcoming All Saints Christmas Markets.A gift-wrapped pledge form is a promise to buy shares in this local bank that won't invest in coal but will invest in local South Hobart projects. If you've been meaning to make a pledge to the Community Bank, Christmas is the perfect time!

Sth Hbt Community Garden

Community garden working bee
Saturday 12 Dec 1-3pm at the community garden

The garden is looking lovely. This working bee we'll be harvesting our plump crop of garlic, planting some perennials & summer crops along with weeding the forest garden. We hope to see you all there :)

Sth Hbt Cookbook

Growers gathering
Sunday 13 Dec 5pm for a festive dinner together

Come and join us, bring any garden things you have excess of that you would like to share. As always, everyone is welcome with or without goodies to swap - the main point is to be together and share all our garden questions, solutions and general combined wisdom. Do bring something to share for a delicious dinner at Clare and Mark's place, 5pm, 12 Paget Street, South Hobart.

Look forward to seeing you there and then and remember to buy some cookbooks for your Christmas presents! They are available at SLT in Murray Street or at this dinner. 
Sth Hbt Tip
Land fill in South Hobart for another 23 years
Time for community input
Nearly half a million tonnes of municipal and business waste materials are buried in Tasmania each year. Almost half is compostable materials (like food and garden scraps), around 13% is cardboard/paper and heaven knows how much plastic (a recyclable product) ends up buried too. This is unnecessary, irresponsible and down right devastating. 

On average 50-60% of resources buried in Tasmanian landfills are non-domestic (commercial and construction) waste but the majority of ratepayers are households. It is not fair for households to subsidise big commercial generators like clubs and pubs, retailers and building companies, as well as all past users.

Council has just submitted their DPEMP asking for environmental approval to extend the life and height of the South Hobart tip for another 23 years. Public comment is requested. A copy of our submission will be available on our website soon. 

Also on the subject of waste. Council has agreed to develop a Good Neighbour Agreement with South Hobart. Once again we'll be asking them to help the State Government ministers understand that burying perfectly good recyclables  and compostables and getting households to pay for that folly is not a good solution. 
    Stay in contact

    Make sure you stay in the loop
    This will be the last newsletter for a while

    If you would like to be kept informed about great things happening please subscribe to our Facebook page. The Sustainable Living Tasmania and Environmental Defenders Office newsletters are also fabulous sources of great information.

    South Hobart in October

    posted 26 Sept 2015, 19:05 by SHSC Secretary   [ updated 30 Sept 2015, 14:27 ]

    A load of rubbish

    South Hobart – Don’t Waste Our Future Recommendations
    Zero waste and good neighbour agreement
    We are asking for your feedback on our draft letter to the City of Hobart. Please take the time to read it and provide feedback before 1 October. It's not too late to input:

    Growers gathering
    Sunday 18 October- can we come and visit your garden?

    It's an inspiration and great learning to see how other local gardeners manage their gardens. We meet usually at 3pm and wander around the veggie patch and or the fruit trees. We ask each other questions about growing stuff ~ pruning, seeds, varieties, times for planting and harvesting, and we share our successes and the things that don't work so well.

    It nourishes us and our gardens to have this community of gardeners, this well of local knowledge, and this space to enjoy garden talk.

    We meet once a month on the 3rd Sunday, usually at 3pm till about 5pm. We bring food to share for afternoon tea (often it's memorably delicious!) and we swap and share our extra seedlings, excess harvest, and other things from or for the garden.

    If you have a garden or garden plans or even garden questions, if you can offer a cup of tea for an unpredicatable amount of people, (usually somewhere between 5 and 10), and you want to meet locals, please call or email Cindy 0429 167 480

    We'd love to meet you and your garden!

      Community garden

    Community garden working bee
    Sun Oct 11 1-3pm at the community garden

    Come and play in the garden. Our working bees are open to anyone willing to give an hour or two to help us plant, paint, weed, create and play. This month, as the earth warms up, we will be planting lots of communal veggies. We are also inspired by all the reuse in the garden and encourage anyone with a creative flair to help us jazz up the garden.

    Spring blos

    Make sure you stay in the loop
    This is the last newsletter for a while

    This is the last newsletter for a while, unless anyone feels like taking it on. If you would like to be kept informed about great things happening in South Hobart please subscribe to our Facebook page. The Sustainable Living Tasmania and Environmental Defenders Office newsletters are also fabulous sources of great information.

    Sustainable Living Festival 31 Oct-1 Nov
    A vibrant weekend festival celebrating sustainability

    The Festival is coming closer and it’s time to put some dates in your diary. The program is amazing, really amazing. There are a number of in-depth discussions covering such a large range of topics that everyone will find something that interests them. Some of the best thinkers in Tasmania will look at issues such as Localisation, Sustainable Food and Living Simply and the practical sustainability implications of each. Check out their program.

    polluter pays

    Interesting talk by an OECD representative
    Wed 30 Sept 2015 5:15pm Aurora Lecture Theatre IMAS

    This talk will be about cost effective instruments to address environmental problems. Nils Axel Braathen, Principal Administrator with the OECD will be presenting new evidence on the positive outcomes of environmental taxes and emission trading systems. He will also discuss the costs to society of various instruments used to address climate change. View more about this free event.

    New Council Engagement Hub
    This is worth a look from time to time

    This new hub is a space for you to contribute your ideas and provide feedback on a range of Council projects and activities. At the moment they are asking for community feedback on a range of projects including the Draft Capital City Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (by 9 Oct). It's a great opportunity to remind Council that waste avoidance is important enough to be brought up into the Strategic Planning level as a strategic objective. Have a look.

    Posted an hour ago26 Sep 2015, 20:16 by SHSC Secretary

    September in South Hobart

    posted 2 Sept 2015, 12:14 by SHSC Secretary   [ updated 3 Sept 2015, 03:13 ]

    Newest barnevelder

    Welcome to spring
    Goodbye winter

    Thanks everyone for getting involved over winter, a time when many of us are tempted to crawl into a ball and remain there until the days warm. Our community enjoyed the winter lantern parade, waste forum, science week composting workshop, Ozmas Winter Solstice dinner and growers gatherings and our community garden. As you can see from this newsletter, Spring will also be bustling with activity, come and get involved in your local community. The picture is of South Hobart's newest Barnevelder (egg-sized and super cute huh!).

    Street party

    SoHo Village Street Party
    Tomorrow (Friday 4th Sept) from 2-5pm opposite the Post Office

    Wine, finger food, live music, spring daffodils, market stalls and activities ... all to road-test what it would be like to change the streetscape in order to revitalise South Hobart and make Macquarie Street more user friendly. The Spicy Street Band will continue playing at the Macquarie Food Store after 5pm, and the street will still be laid out differently, so even 9-5 workers can see if improving this street would be a worthy investment.

    A load of rubbish

    A load of lovely Hobart 'rubbish'
    The aim is zero waste ... sooner rather than later thanks!

    The community waste forum waste last week was a great success. Many thanks to our four fantastic speakers and to everyone who submitted ideas for our Good Neighbour Agreement. It was a very informative night and we managed to capture some of the speeches on camera, plus the ideas you put forward. They will soon be seen on our website. We will be developing the Good Neighbour Agreement over the coming weeks and ideally presenting it to the HCC Mayor. It's not too late to fill in the HCC waste survey or to email us your great ideas on reducing waste.

    Spring Equinox Party

    Spring gathering in the garden
    2pm Sun 20 Sept at the community garden

    Come and celebrate the Spring Equinox, a time of forward looking, lengthening days and coming together. Please join us in the beautiful South Hobart Community Garden for a picnic, tour of the garden, games, sharing and reveling in getting to be a South Hobartian :-) Bring a picnic afternoon tea to share and a picnic blanket. The Sept Growers Gathering has been incorporated too, so please bring any excess produce, seeds, cuttings or preserves that you want to swap. Stay tuned for Plan B if the weather turns! Inquiries to or 0429 167 480. We will also be conducting a short AGM. Share the event with your friends and RSVP on facebook -

    Just so you know, the actual equinox occurs on Wed 23 Sept 2015 at 6:22pm ...

    Beneath the Mountain

    Launch of Beneath the Mountain: A History of South Hobart
    Old Macquarie Street State School Fri 11 Sept, 5pm

    Written by Dr Alison Alexander and designed by Julie Hawkins, this beautiful book contains a history of South Hobart brought to life through hundreds of photographs and many interviews. This venture has been undertaken by the South Hobart Progress Association, over 3 years with hundreds of hours of volunteer work. The HCC has also generously supported the project. All are welcome to come and celebrate the book launch. Advance copies can be purchased here.


    Volunteer for SLT

    Sustainable Living Tasmania
    Festivals, courses and events

    SLT is an impressive organisation that supports us in many ways. They have some fantastic events coming up that you'll want to check out and they are looking for volunteers for their annual festival:

    Live and Learn course - for people wanting to learn more about sustainability in their own homes and lives

    Sustainable Living Festival - really interesting looking events and activities

    SLT Facebook site - regular posts on all things sustainable and Tasmania

    Volunteer opportunities - they are always on the look out for people to help build a sustainable living movement.

    South Hobart, immerse yourself in waste this week and make a difference

    posted 24 Aug 2015, 17:12 by SHSC Secretary   [ updated 24 Aug 2015, 17:37 ]

    Seriously, this is your chance to create change … see you there!

    A load of rubbish

    South Hobart Waste Forum
    This Thursday 27 Aug 6-7.30pm St Francis Xavier Church in Anglesea St

    We are producing a Good Neighbour Agreement to feed into Council’s plans to seek environmental approval to increase the life of the McRobies landfill. 

    South Hobart has been hosting the city-wide tip since 1960 (over two locations) and the pollution issues inevitably associated with it. The Agreement will spell out changes we would like to see before we host it again.

    We are holding the community forum to brainstorm possible residential’ and business’ waste management changes. Once collated, we will request an opportunity to present the Good Neighbour Agreement to the mayor. 

    Find out more on our Facebook page or website or see you there.


    Don’t Waste Hobart

    Got a question about recycling? Post it publicly on social media using the #DontWasteHobart hashtag and Sustainable Living Tasmania will find the answer for you.

    #DontWasteHobart is an interactive campaign to reduce waste going to landfill in Hobart.Check  out the curly questions and answers so far:

    Tag board;   Facebook page;    YouTube channel


    Hobart City Zero Waste
    Tonight 25 Aug and Wednesday 26 Aug  - 7pm at the Mawson Pavillion

    Hobart City is developing a new Waste Strategy and would love your input. Do you have a burning question, idea or issue regarding waste management? Attend their public sessions tonight or tomorrow night and have your say!

    Find out more on their Facebook page, or contact Jeff Holmes the Council’s Cleansing & Solid Waste Policy Coordinator on 6278 0272 or


    Tasman Peninsula, Saturday, Aug 29 at 6PM
    Kingborough Civic Centre, Sept 04 at 7PM

    We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

    Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking. Find out more



    August in South Hobart

    posted 6 Aug 2015, 13:15 by SHSC Secretary   [ updated 6 Aug 2015, 20:42 ]

    Alchemy workshop
    Dancing tonight and all weekend
    Either a weekend workshop Aug 7th- 9th,
    or one class tonight Fri (Aug 7) at 7.30-10pm $25 (drop-in)

    A Dancing Freedom weekend workshop - Embodied Alchemy at the South Hobart Primary Hall. In this workshop the unique, dynamic and interdependent qualities of each of the elements (earth, air, fire and water) will be explored through ecstatic dance, authentic movement, ritual and group work. Your hosts, Lydia and Richard welcome you to come and explore the power of dance and embodiment for healing and empowerment. Contact Lydia Marolda - 0434 508 414. Book your tickets.
    Working bee Community garden working bee 
    Sth Hbt Community Garden, Sat 8 Aug 1-3pm

    After a week of being snowed in, rained on and blown away by the wind, we all deserve some sunshine! The weather report is tipping a fine Saturday: Sunny, light winds and 11. Why not come and get your vitamin D hit at the community garden? We'll do shed love, preparations for spring plantings, community potato patch planting, light pruning and calk art for the kids (young and young at heart). I hope you can all join us. Friends and family welcome!
    The wall
    Feedback on a draft site plan for ‘Fruehauf’
    Thurs 13 Aug at the Rock It Indoor Climbing Centre 6-7.30pm
    Sun 16 Aug at the Fruehauf cliff

    Council is seeking feedback on a draft site plan for the climbing cliff known as ‘Fruehauf’, with drop-in sessions to view and comment on the draft site plan. For further info call 62 382185 or
    Growers group
    Sun 23rd Aug, 3pm for afternoon tea
    At the garden of Danielle ad Ave at 70 Hillborough Road

    At this gathering we will sow the seeds for our spring gardens. Bring seed raising pots and seeds to swap and share, and we will organise soil and extra pots aplenty. Bring something to share for afternoon tea, and any other thing from the garden or for the garden that you want to share or swap. Most important though is to bring yourself! You are the contribution we value most. Please contact Cindy if you have any queries, or if you would like to host a gathering some time.

    It's a simple thing - we come with food, with garden curiosity, questions and wisdom, and we love to see other gardens for inspiration and ideas. The host provides tea and a garden to visit - there's no pressure for the garden to be finished or tidy or amazing! We can enjoy what is happening and share our combined experience to support new or struggling gardens. Cindy: 6224 3211

    National Science Week Activity
    Composting - Garden MAGIC

    Sth Hbt Community Garden, Sat Aug 22 1-3

    David is the modest super hero of Community and School Gardens across southern Tasmania and has been enriching the soils around Hobart with his magic compost for decades and is keen to share his secrets. We will learn about four different methods of composting to make an invaluable soil improver and explore the science behind soil health and adding organic materials for plant health and vigour. Walk-ins are welcome, tickets $5

    Community forum *South Hobart - Don't waste our future*

    Thurs Aug 27, 6–9pm St Francis Xavier's church hall, 30 Anglesea St

    Have your say about Council plans to extend the life of McRobie's tip, ways we can reduce waste and the impacts on our community.

    If we're going to host the city-wide tip again, we'd like to call for some changes, but what changes would the community like to see?

    Join us for a waste forum where we will hear from some inspirational speakers and seek to understand your views, so that the SHSC can develop a 'Good Neighbourhood Agreement' to present to the HCC. 

    • Phil Harrington will be showcasing a number of inspirational examples of waste reduction initiatives from around the world (including Tasmanian examples). 
    • The Hobart City Council will share with us existing, mitigated and potential land and water contamination issues related to the tip.
    • Alderman Anna Reynolds will discuss the noise, dust and safety community concerns that locals have already raised.
    • We will also run an activity at the end to gather your ideas about the changes you would like to see.

    July in South Hobart

    posted 7 Jul 2015, 13:04 by SHSC Secretary   [ updated 9 Jul 2015, 04:06 ]

    Community garden working bee
    This Sat 11th July, 1 - 3pm
    Community garden (off the badminton court car park)

    There are seeds to sow, strawberries to plant (not in overhead gutters with drips installed... although that's a great idea), compost to be moved, weeds to be pulled... a little task for everyone. We may also oil our new shed. Bring your favourite garden tool and raincoat.

    We are in the thick of winter, but we plan to have a very busy bee. We need to get the garden ready and beautiful for the Science Week activity we are hosting in the garden next month. All help appreciated. 
    peas Growers group
    Sunday 19th July, 3pm for afternoon tea
    6 Hean Street South Hobart

    We celebrated the Winter Solstice abundantly with our June Growers Gathering, as always! And we visited a local garden, followed by a fine feast which miraculously came together from everyone's winter fare contributions! Delicious food and warm company by the fire - we have a wonderful community!

    Come and join us at Alison's redesigned garden. Bring something to share for afternoon tea, and only if you have it, bring anything from the garden or for the garden that you have to share or swap. You are the most important contribution, so excess garden fare is not expected or compulsory!

    Our August gathering will be a great time to get together with pots and soil and seeds to begin the plants for spring - who will host us? If you can host us on the forth Sunday in August please email Cindy at or phone 6224 3211.

    Composting - garden magic - National Science Week Activity
    Sat Aug 22 at 1 PM
    South Hobart Community Garden

    Join organic gardening guru, David Stephen to explore the exciting world of household composting through this practical, hands-on workshop. David has been enriching the soils around Hobart with his magic compost for decades and is keen to share his secrets. We will learn about four different methods of composting to make an invaluable soil improver and explore the science behind soil health and adding organic materials for plant health and vigour.

    This session will be run at the South Hobart Community Garden, which is located on Cascade Road at the top of the carpark opposite the Southern Tasmanian Badminton Association. Walk-ins are welcome. Cost - $5.
    Waste High

    Would you love to see a waste-less world?

    As mentioned in the last newsletter, Council is planning to increase the height of the tip and the life of the site. From our SHSC water quality and biological sampling project in 2013, we know that there is a marked decrease in the river health immediately below the tip outflow and people are advised not to touch the water. With all due respect to the impressive efforts of the Council in managing waste, we believe we can do even better and avoid putting most wastes in the ground. When public input is requested we will recommend that with courage, determination and big hearts they implement some changes within the City of Hobart. We would love to hear your ideas about ways our community could mange wastes better. If you have any fantastic or zany ideas please email us ( and we'll compile a list to put forward. Feel free to see our list so far (it includes ideas for tackling wastes in schools, businesses, government offices, events and homes).
    Dance Freedom A Dancing Freedom weekend workshop - Embodied Alchemy
    August 7th- 9th, South Hobart

    In this workshop the unique, dynamic and interdependent qualities of each of the elements (earth, air, fire and water) will be explored through ecstatic dance, authentic movement, ritual and group work. Your hosts, Lydia and Richard welcome you to come and explore the power of dance and embodiment for healing and empowerment.

    For more information (including listening to their play lists), or to book a place visit, or contact Abby Rae (local contact) –

    Macquarie Street - Black Spot Programme and Local Retail Precinct Plan

    The South Hobart Sustainable Community, along with other community organisations, such as South Hobart Progress Association, will shortly be submitting applications to the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme to address the ~160m section of Macquarie St between Southern Outlet to Elboden Street.

    Hobart City Council have also appointed a consultant - Mr Cagney - to prepare a Local Retail Precinct Plan for the South Hobart portion of Macquarie Street. Community consultation will take place over the coming months, with a report to be provided to Council by December 2015.

    Cascade Strategic Land Review - update

    The planning consultants - Inspiring Place - have now completed the initial community engagement program, and received around 30 written submissions.

    Inspiring Place is now working on a draft strategy outlining their recommendations for future management of the estate. This draft strategy is planned be submitted to both Cascade and the Hobart City Council for endorsement in Aug 2015. Depending upon the outcomes of this review process, public exhibition is planned for Sept 2015.

    In the meantime, if you have any further enquiries regarding the project, please

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