The Authority What’s on in September?
Monthly newsletter of the Cradle Coast Authority August/September 2010
Introducing the Healthy Communities Coordinator
10 September 2010-15 Natural Resource Management Strategy consultation period ends. Contact Richard Ingram
The Cradle Coast Authority and its member councils are one of twelve pilots in the Australian Government’s Healthy Communities Initiative.
The Initiative aims to reduce the incidence of lifestyle‐related death and disease by extending the reach of community health projects operating in the region and filling any service gaps. The total funding available to the region via the three‐year Initiative is up to $976,000.
14 September Cradle Coast Authority Board meeting. Contact Karen Hampton
A unique characteristic of the Initiative’s implementation in our region is the use of local government to connect with target populations and improve uptake of services. Pilot activities are now being identified with the nine local councils with the aim of having projects underway by December.
16 September Cradle Coast NRM Committee meeting. Contact Richard Ingram.
To assist this process, Beverley Hayhurst (above) will be joining the Cradle Coast Authority from 20 September as the Healthy Communities Coordinator. Bev is moving to the Cradle Coast from Canberra where she’s been developing lifestyle programs with the ACT division of General Practice. Earlier in her career, Bev was a teacher of the deaf and has also worked on Hearing Policy and in health promotion and research in indigenous communities. Her work has taken her to Cape York, China and PNG and she is looking forward to settling in north west Tasmania after recent induction visits.
18 September Registrations close for the Resident Shorebird Identification workshop to be held in Devonport on 9 October. Contact Dionna Newton
“I am looking forward to working with everyone from local councils. I observed something that is not often present in big cities—the energy, enthusiasm, understanding and support for each community by their council members— it’s fabulous,” Bev said.
Call us on 6431 6285 to find out more
As a keen golfer, bushwalker, sailor and cook Bev is sure to enjoy what the Cradle Coast region has to offer and is a welcome addition to the Cradle Coast Authority team. Enquiries regarding the Healthy Communities Initiative prior to 20 September can be directed to the Executive Chairman, Roger Jaensch, on 6431 6285.
New Board members announced Cradle Coast Authority 30 Marine Terrace (PO Box 338) Burnie 7320 Phone: 03 6431 6285 Fax: 03 6431 7014 E-mail: email@example.com
The Cradle Coast Authority’s half Board replacement has been finalised with the appointment of Cr John Perkins (Local Government nominee), Rod Stendrup and Maree Gleeson (public nominees). Alf Mott (General Manager’s nominee) was returned to the Board. The new Board composition will meet for the first time on 14 September. Thanks go to outgoing Directors Sam Samec, Lynne Ferencz and John Howard for their commitment and time spent on the Cradle Coast Authority Board. Visit www.cradlecoast.com/board_members.html for details of the Board composition and list of current members.
Protecting biodiversity in the Cradle Coast region
Individual grants of up to $25,000 were awarded through funding from the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country package
Did you know? 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity
Financial grants totalling $218,100 have been awarded to fifteen local land managers and community groups for projects that will protect threatened species and their habitats in Cradle Coast NRM’s Natural Connections Incentive Program. A total of 25 kilometres of protective fencing will be installed to protect riverbanks, remnant vegetation and vegetation corridors throughout the region and 4,500 hectares of land will be featured in the program’s protective works. Giant Freshwater Lobster surveys monitor population health of this threatened species. Photo: Alison Dugand The grants will help deliver: − Surveillance equipment at key regional locations where either species poaching or unlawful habitat damage is suspected (grant recipient Parks and Wildlife Service). Assists with biodiversity conservation of the Giant Freshwater Lobster. − Gorse weed control, native revegetation, protective fencing and off‐stream water point installation on private land in the Stanley area. Assists with biodiversity conservation of wetlands. − Weed control at Colliers Swamp on King Island (grant recipient King Island NRM Group Inc). Assists with biodiversity conservation of the King Island Scrub‐tit and native flora. − Weed removal and native revegetation on private land on Cradle Mountain Road. Assists with biodiversity conservation of lowland grasslands. − Protective fencing, revegetation and weed control along the Sea Elephant River on King Island (grant recipient Australian Farms Fund Management Pty Ltd). Assists with biodiversity conservation of the Orange Bellied Parrot. − Fencing of the Leven River banks at Gunn’s Plains (grant recipient Greening Australia on behalf of eight private landholders). Assists with biodiversity conservation of the Giant Freshwater Lobster. − Holly infestation removal and native revegetation on private land in Menga. Assists with biodiversity conservation of Grey Goshawk, Green and Gold Frog, Tasmanian Devil and Eastern Barred Bandicoot. − Protective fencing of remnant vegetation on private land in Nowhere Else. Assists with biodiversity conservation of Burrowing Crayfish. − Protective fencing and revegetation on private land along Boradale Creek in Milabena. Assists with biodiversity conservation of the Giant Freshwater Lobster, Tasmanian Devil and Burrowing Crayfish. − Protective fencing of remnant vegetation and minor tributary areas on private land in Mila‐ bena. Assists with biodiversity conservation of the Giant Freshwater Lobster. − Weed control in Waratah‐Wynyard municipality (grant recipient Gunns Ltd). Assists with biodiversity conservation of rare and endangered Montane Grasslands. − Protective fencing of remnant vegetation in the Latrobe area (grant recipient Mersey NRM Group Inc). Assists with biodiversity conservation of Melaleuca ericifolia swamp forest vegetation and the Green and Gold Frog. − Native revegetation and protective fencing of remnant vegetation and minor Leven River tributaries on private land in Preston. Assists with biodiversity conservation of Tasmanian Devil and Eastern Barred Bandicoot.
...continued... − Erosion control within Squeaking Point conservation area (grant recipient Rubicon Coast and Landcare Inc). Assists with biodiversity conservation of the Tasmanian Devil, Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Burrowing Crayfish, White Bellied Sea Eagle, and a variety of threatened orchids. − Native vegetation protection on private land on King Island. Assists with biodiversity conservation of King Island Scrub‐tit. For more information on the Natural Connections Incentive Program, contact Cradle Coast NRM Biodiversity Coordinator, Alison Dugand, on firstname.lastname@example.org
A strong network of Visitor Information Centres Visitor Centre managers and staff from twenty‐one centres around Tasmania met in August at Freycinet Lodge in for their Annual Conference. More than fifty delegates attended from centres operating under the accredited yellow ‘i’ logo. Delegates from the Cradle Coast region and elsewhere endorsed a revised Code of Practice against which Visitor Information Centre membership would be measured and a new Marketing and Business Plan. One component of the Marketing Plan is the campaign Your visit to Tasmania starts with ‘i’; highlighting the ‘i’ symbol and based on the Visitor Centre brand essence ‐ Local People Sharing Local Knowledge. As part of the busy conference agenda, agreement was also reached on the appointment of a Project Officer to coordinate implementation of the new Code of Practice, and on a twelve Devonport Visitor Centre: month funding agreement between Tourism Tasmania and the Visitor Centre one of the centres in the strong regional tourist network. network.
Additional information on the conference outcomes can be obtained from the event’s MC Photo: www.devonporttasmania.travel and Regional Tourism Development Manager, Ian Waller on 6431 6285.
In the news Cradle Coast Authority staff have been actively promoting regional projects and successes over the last month. Here are some examples: “...The Cradle Coast Authority is working with all levels of government to find ways to get our region healthy and take care of our sick. We do not need to choose between the two ...” – Roger Jaensch, Executive Chairman. The Advocate, August 5 :“...Especially in Burnie, it’s a very unique experience having penguins in the middle of a city...” – Anna Wind, NRM Facilitator Team Leader, calling for volunteer Penguin Interpretation Guides. The Advocate, August 10
:“...The group has been battling gorse since 1996 and recently it received funding which allowed it to achieve some great results ...” – Marty Bower, West Coast Weed and Fire Management Group Project Officer. Western Herald, September edition
And... there were articles promoting the Ripper Mulcher erosion control workshops, North West Coastal Pathway project, and Shorebird Awareness workshops among others. For details, please contact Amanda Wilson on 6431 6285.
Visit the Cradle Coast Authority web site for copies of our media releases www.cradlecoast.com
Regional strategy for natural resource management The State and Federal Governments have adopted a regional approach to natural resource management initiatives in Australia. There are fifty‐six NRM regions nationwide, including three NRM regions in Tasmania, and each has a strategy that combines to deliver natural resource outcomes for the benefit of us all. A draft natural resource management Strategy for 2010 – 2015 has been developed for the Cradle Coast region by Cradle Coast NRM. The Strategy aims to represent the views of the whole community and to balance economic, social and environmental objectives while encouraging partnerships between community, industry and Government. The Strategy is intended to help anyone living or working in the Cradle Coast to understand the current status, opportunities and threats to maintaining or achieving healthy natural resources. Based on the information in the Strategy, individuals, groups and organisation are encouraged to create their own implementation plans to reflect their resources, skills and interests. Have your say on the 2010‐15 Natural Resource Management Strategy for the Cradle Coast region: Download a copy of the draft Strategy and Comment Form from www.cradlecoastnrm.com The period for comment is open until 5.00pm Friday 10 September. For more information on the region’s Natural Resource Management Strategy, contact Cradle Coast NRM Executive Officer, Richard Ingram, on 6431 6285.
Briefly Gaiety Theatre ballet production not to be missed The Tasmanian Classical Ballet Company is performing The Nutcracker at the Gaiety Theatre in Zeehan on 21 October. In a special agreement with the Cradle Coast Authority’s Living in a Wild World Mining Heritage Project, audio of the ambience in the theatre will be recorded before and after the show. These recordings will be used in interpretation sound‐ scapes in the Gaiety Theatre restoration to help recreate the atmosphere of the theatre’s hey‐days. Tickets can be purchased from the West Coast Pioneers Museum on 6471 6225.
Food Connections website The Cradle Coast is piloting the Food Connections Tasmania initiative to promote the region’s agri‐business sector to locals and tourists. Work has commenced on a comprehensive local food and beverage producer database, and the development of a calendar detailing the seasonality of local produce and when and where local produce is available. To find out more or to register in the Food Connections network visit www.foodconnectionstasmania.com.au