volunteers for bushfires – Over the past few months we have all watched the bushfire crisis unfolding across the country, and summer isn’t over yet. Many are feeling frustrated, helpless, and eager to do something to assist. Volunteering Tasmania is funded by the Tasmanian government to provide an online registration portal for anyone interested in volunteering during and following an emergency incident. Through this online portal, the EV CREW program (Emergency Volunteering: Community Response to Extreme Weather) can then provide a matching service for those volunteers with organisations requiring additional volunteer support in emergencies. You can register for EV CREW at anytime.

Wellington Park – a new visitor and recreation strategy for Wellington Park is being developed. What do you love about visiting kunanyi / Mount Wellington – and Wellington Park generally? What would improve your experience of this place? An online survey is available until April this year and people or groups with a special interest in the mountain can register to be involved in more intensive consultation.

penguin protection – Friends of Low Head Penguin Colony will be joining the George Town Council and YMCA for the free family event Dogz Day Out. The Friends’ involvement is to make residents of the Low Head and George Town communities aware of the impact on our penguin colony by uncontrolled dogs. The event features food, drink, live music by Spike Mason and the Curious Upbeat, fun events, and dog owners can have their dogs microchipped at a discounted price. Sat 8 Feb, 11am-4pm, Regent Park, George Town. The event comes as new penalties apply when a dog injures or kills any sensitive wildlife in any area specified by the Minister responsible for the Nature Conservation Act 2002. A person found guilty of the new offence could be fined up to $5,040, liable for a range of costs incurred, and may have their dog destroyed.

Pollie Pedal Pollie Pedal is a unique 3-day road cycling charity event designed for cyclists who are seeking a challenging ride through the beautiful Tasmanian landscape, and for those who like adventure, friendship and engaging with the local community. This year’s event is Wynyard to Longford jaunt. You can support Diabetes Tasmania by riding, or by donating to a fundraising rider.

Melaleuca working bee – Wildcare is calling for expressions of interest for volunteers at the Melaleuca working bee, Wed 11 through to Wed 18 March. Funds have been granted for 7 flights from Cambridge to Melaleuca for the 2020 working bee. Various skills are being sought to undertake a range of works including building a tank stand, weeding, painting and general maintenance. First timers are welcome to apply.

Image courtesy JJ Harrison via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

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