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This year we celebrate 20 years of caring for Jacks Flat, a rather special reserve in Dodges Ferry. This land has been regularly tended by the Southern Beaches Coastcare Landcare group and volunteers, with regular working bees and celebrations held throughout the year. What began as a virtual paddock of grass and weeds has transformed into an essential native habitat corridor for wildlife and also an important green space for locals to enjoy. Recently the local bush school homeschooling group have been having a fabulous time at Jacks Flat. "Such a wonderful private, cosy nook you have created. The kids ran amongst the trees and built cubbies. We lit a fire in the fireplace, boiled the billy and roasted potatoes for lunch!" More about Jacks Flat to come! ... See MoreSee Less
WORLD WETLANDS DAY - FEBRUARY 2ND, 2020
Up to 400 visitors came to the Lauderdale Primary School hall to enjoy everything from facepainting and puppet making to some cracking science talks and walks at the recent 2020 World Wetlands Day event. Highlights included tours of wetlands, bird watching at Ralph's Bay and a walk around the Roscommon constructed wetlands with Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick. Stalls promoting wetland conservation offered people an opportunity to chat informally with scientists and experts and for those seeking a more in depth wetlands experience, the fast and funky talks were a popular choice. Great music, good food, art and science kept both adults and kids engaged and entertained, many for the entire day. A terrific free Clarence Council event and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Tasmania's special wetland places! Thanks to Mayor Doug Chipman for opening the event and Aunty Colleen Mundy and Aunty Cheryl Mundy for the Welcome - always a special experience. ... See MoreSee Less
Another successful pop up clean up! On Wed 15th January seven volunteers spent a very productive two hours at the Dodges Ferry Skate Park. Jessie Smith saw an opportunity to clean out the waterhole while it’s almost dry. Joined by George, Stella, Gary, Alison, Glenn and Gwen - all wearing gloves and using pick up tools - the team found skateboard, scooter and bicycle parts, broken glass, a scooter, soft drink and beer bottles, plastic bags, shoes, coins, two pairs of scissors, deodorant and a broken windscreen! They also cut and removed the seed heads from the weedy Cumbungi and cut all the new and old stems, Glenn took some home for garden mulch.
Next up, Jessie has organised a clean up at Okines Beach and Lagoon Park on the other side of the school for Clean Up Australia Day - more details soon ☀️ ... See MoreSee Less
Great effort,thanks to all 🙂
Don't miss this opportunity to have your say!
Sorell Council survey for Open Space Strategy
Following the discussion at a community consultation in Dodges Ferry and acting on our feedback, the consultants developing an Open Space Strategy for Sorell Council have amended their survey to include questions which give you the opportunity to comment on the natural values of our community owned open spaces.
We need to identify the publicly owned bush reserves, road sides, walkways and coastal areas that we love and that make Southern Beaches so special. Council need to hear what people value about these places and how we believe they should be managed.
You can complete the survey online by following this link:
Note: check out the questions before opening the online survey as it requests addresses and other information you may need to have on hand when completing the survey.
The survey closes on December 20th ... See MoreSee Less