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March General Meeting
Learning to live sustainably
Renew your membership
Join the Tuesday Club
Dickson Park Anniversary
Tree planting day
Got a project?
New stocks at the Piccabeen Bookshop
  
Our second-hand bookshop always has great second-hand books at low cost, and given the quck turnover you're sure to find a book you're keen to read!

Call in to meet the volunteers, find information about TM Landcare and browse the hundreds of donated books while you're there.

Gift vouchers are available too.
  
The Piccabeen Bookshop is maintained entirely by volunteers and all income is returned to TM Landcare's projects.
  
Shop 15 / 10 Main St Nth Tamborine (Behind the shops and down the laneway beside The Country Kitchen)
News Flash
Thursday 23rd February 2012 
Greetings!
General Meeting
 
Lynn Churchill will speak on
 "Students learning to live sustainably in Earth Smart Science Schools"
 
Sun 4th March
Eagle Heights Resort Hotel
9.30 for 10 a.m.

Please join us for a very interesting and informative morning! 
Students learning to reduce their environmental footprint
  
Join us at our General Meeting in March and find out what those kids are up to, digging in the school garden. Are they counting worms? Checking on how well different kinds of watering work?

Kids across Queensland are doing some hands-on learning and taking action to reduce the impact of their school on the environment. In an Earth Smart Science Schools program funded by the QLD government, some 1000 primary schools across the state will be environmentally sustainable by the end of this year.

The focus of the program is on improving biodiversity, reducing waste, saving water and making more efficient use of energy. Teachers and students are taking a whole-of-school approach to becoming more earth-friendly through classroom activities, improved physical surroundings and relationships with the local community.
 
They're helped in this by Earth Smart Science facilitators based at Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres and two non-government organisations. One of these experts is a Tamborine Mountain resident, Lynn Churchill, who's working with 14 schools in the area. Lynn and her fellow facilitators help teachers access the latest science and sustainability curriculum resources and learn what's worked at other schools as they develop their environmental education programs.

Lynn is a passionate teacher, a knowledgeable environmental educator and a very engaging speaker. She'll be talking about her work at our General Meeting on Sunday 4th March at the Eagle Heights Resort Hotel (9.30 for a 10 a.m. start).

Come and find out what those kids are really up to, what they're learning and why.
Newly developed biodiversity garden at Windaroo State School
Icon MeetingsBeat the rush - renew your membership  

Your Landcare membership was due on 1st January 2012. 
 
There are several easy ways to continue to support our valuable work:
  • through direct debit (BSB: 084-835; account: 8961 959 89 - be sure to use your surname and initials as the reference)
  • by cheque made out to Tamborine Mountain Landcare Inc and delivered to the bookshop or posted to the Membership Secretary (PO Box 161 North Tamborine QLD 4272)
  • by cash at the bookshop.

You can pay for one year or three in advance.

 
To update your membership details, please download and fill out the membership renewal form: go to www.tamborinemtnlandcare.org.au, follow the link from Member Services to Library and then to Administration.  

 

A small payment helps make a large difference to our work!
Icon for Save Trees messageJoin the Tuesday Team 
On the first Tuesday morning of each month, a new team of volunteers led by our Regeneration Coordinator, Judy Roland, is working (and having fun and cakes) at any one of our active regeneration sites that need some TLC.
 
Our latest working bee was held at the Esme Lahey Environmental Park. A great team worked vigorously, clearing weeds and planting additional trees.

We'd love it if you could join us whenever you can, get to know some keen Landcare members and our various sites, and help restore our mountain's rainforests.

Next working bees:
  • 6th March: Dickson Park
  • 3rd April: Contour Rd (between Long Rd and Shasta Drive)
For more information about what's involved, inlcuding meeting times and place, contact Judy Roland (juditroland@yahoo.com.au / 5545 2052).
Dickson Park Anniversary 
Icon for Save Trees messageOn Saturday 10th March we will be celebrating 28 years of revegetation work in John Dickson Conservation Park. Do join us then to see what can be achieved over an extended period.  There will be a short ceremony commencing at 10a.m. followed by morning tea and the opportunity to explore the Park.

The first planting took place in March 1984 and was done by the Tamborine Mountain Field Naturalists' Club under the leadership of John Dickson. That group continued working in the Park until 1991 when the group disbanded due to age and illness. Apart from Council mowing, minimal work was done until the current group was set up and began work under Ian Stephen in 2000. When Ian Stephen moved to Tasmania in July 2002, Elizabeth Russell took over as coordinator and the group  has continued weeding and planting to the present time.

Over the 28 years, the Park has been transformed from an open grassy paddock with a few eucalypts and acacias to a shady forested parkland with a dense gully supporting a variety of birds and other animals. Recently a short walking track was constructed and the working group has attached name labels to many of the trees, adding an educational element to the Park.

On 10th March we will have on display photos depicting progress over the years, diaries and work schedules recording what was done and by whom, and maps indicating when each section was planted. A number of the original TMFNC members will be attending as well as current workers, invited guests and local residents.

Put the date in your diary - we hope to see you there.

Below: smoko at Dickson Park, 1984.

 
Community Planting Day
Icon for Save Trees messageRegeneration at the Youngman Family Park site has been assisted by funds provided by the Scenic Rim Regional Council and also by Jemena Power Company.

With Jemena's help we're about to plant more trees at the Park. 
 
When: Sat. 17th March, 8.30-11.30
Where: Picnic table near dog park
Bring: hat, gloves, water, outdoor shoes.

Morning tea provided.

Do join us and have fun while making a difference to our local environment!
Funding for projects
From time to time various government and private funding grants are available for regeneration-related projects. If you have a project in mind relating to our local environment which may qualify for funding, and are willing to develop an application, manage and implement the project, and report on its outcomes, please contact the committee.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

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Tamborine Mountain Landcare Inc
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