volunteer awards –  the fifth annual Tasmanian Volunteering Awards are now open for nominations. The Awards recognise volunteers across ten categories; there is also a lifetime achievement award. “Volunteers are often hiding in plain sight, they are literally everywhere,” said CEO of Volunteering Tasmania Lisa Schimanski. “We are asking that people take a look around and really see the amazing work being done across so many areas of our community.” Nominations are open until 30 March, with category finalists announced on 1 May and the Awards presentation to be held at Government House on 18 May 2020. Volunteering is estimated to be worth over $4 billion to the Tasmanian economy each year.

dual naming advisor wanted – the Nomenclature Board of Tasmania has opened an Expressions of Interest process for members of a new Aboriginal and Dual Naming Reference Group. The five member Reference Group’s role is to provide advice to the Board on all Aboriginal and dual naming submissions, and is intended to be majority Aboriginal people. The EOI process is open from 1 February until Friday 13 March 2020. For more information about the EOI and how to submit, plus information on how to seek a copy of the Terms of Reference for the Reference Group, email: nomenclature.office@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

bushfire donation scams – as much as we love the way Australians have pulled together for bushfire victims, sadly it must be noted that there are many scammers trying to take advantage of the situation. In fact there are so many that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has compiled a useful summary of how fake charities and so on attempt to divert your dollars. Check it out here so you can make sure you’re supporting the real deal.

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Treasury Buildings – Expressions of Interest are being sought for the former Treasury Buildings at 21 Murray St, Hobart. Respondents will have from 6 February to 2 April 2020 to outline the social economic and environmental contribution their proposals will deliver for Tasmanians. “Proponents will be expected to highlight their experience and capacity to deliver a project of this scale and heritage significance, consistent with the new Treasury Complex and Public Buildings Conservation Management Plan,” said Minister for Finance Michael Ferguson in a statement. Information about the processes, including public consulation, is at The Treasury. Heritage Tasmania is undertaking separate public consultations from 8 January to 8 March 2020 on a single consolidated heritage entry that covers the Treasury buildings, sub-surface values and curtilage, to better define their heritage value.

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