Monthly Archives: November 2016

Save the date: North West Eco Fest – Saturday April 8th, 2017 from 10am to 4pm.

The Gnomon Room, the Wharf Precinct, Ulverstone,

Saturday April 8th, 2017 from 10am to 4pm.

This Festival is being planned by the North West Environment Centre (NWEC).

This Festival will be a free community event that connects a sustainable environment, community and economy into a day of fun, friendship and eco-inspiration. It will provide a
space for people to network, to showcase their products and to inspire people to make a
positive difference within their homes, community and the wider world.

Questions to Jenny Kingston – Program / Stall Holder Coordinator

Email: or post to PO Box 999 Burnie TAS 7320


More information about Tarkine Bio-Blitz – there’s still time to get involved!

From November 17-20, our Tarkine BioBlitz will bring together volunteer scientists, experts, naturalists and members of the public for a weekend of discovery, biodiversity surveys and fun in a truly remarkable place – takayna / Tarkine. We will be cataloguing the biodiversity we discover, adding to the scientific knowledge of this region.

Guest scientists include Dr Peter McQuillan, Todd Walsh, Nick Fitzgerald, Channing Hughes, Aviva Reed, Jen Sanger and Craig Broadfield.  With surveys on plants, fungi, mammals, birds, giant freshwater crayfish, invertebrates, ecology and food webs, and freshwater bugs.

The Tarkine BioBlitz will be held over three days, with surveys in the field from Friday morning to Sunday lunch time. Aim to arrive at base camp on Thursday if you would like to join the Friday morning surveys. You can join the BioBlitz for all three days or just one day.

Base camp is at Riverbend Youth Camp, 358 Trowutta Rd, Scotchtown, Tasmania, just 6km south of Smithton. The base camp consists of a large complex all under one roof. There is a great kitchen and dining hall, an auditorium where the data entry from the surveys will occur and a presentation room where we will have speakers each night.

Accommodation at the base camp is dorms with shared bathroom and toilet facilities. There is also room for tents and campervans for camping.

We will be visiting coastal, forest and plains field sites with travel to the sites each day by mini buses and car-pooling.

Costs for the weekend are accommodation at $15-$20 per person per night, breakfast and lunch $7 per person per meal and dinner $10 per person per night. The food is delicious and wholesome and the base camp is a fun place to stay.

To join in, please book here

BioBlitzes are fun, educational and meaningful to the community, naturalists and scientists alike. This is an event where everyone can explore, learn and contribute to our knowledge of biodiversity. The BioBlitz will create a significant resource of biodiversity data and provide an opportunity to share knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural world and one of the last wild places on the planet, takayna / Tarkine

For more information, contact