Support Tasmania’s first community solar project

Tasmania’s first community solar project was launched this week and the Waterworks Valley community power project played a part in its development.

Solar panels 2A few months ago we were approached for advice on a possible community solar project based in Glenorchy. We have been assisting the Board of Tastex (a non-profit enterprise that manufactures high quality knitwear) to investigate this possibility and this week formal fundraising commenced.

We are delighted that our work on the Waterworks Valley project has had this unexpected spin-off. Meanwhile, we are still hopeful of progressing the very viable mini-hydro scheme based on the Ridgeway Reservoir. However, TasWater has not been supportive to date.

Read (and please forward to your friends) this story for more – about how you can support the Tastex solar project. Or they can jump straight to this video and contribute.

Jack Gilding, for the Valley Community Power committee


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Winter Solstice Lantern Parade

Saturday night – June 25 2016

Lanterns

Starting at the Waterworks Reserve gates at 5pm

Walking with our lanterns down to the quarry for hot drinks and damper by the fires.
Please bring your own cup and lantern.
There will be Fire Spinners to watch.
Gold coin donations welcome.

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See you there!

Old growth vegetables

In the past couple of years I’ve been experimenting with an idea that it’s possible to grow many vegetables twice.

The photo shown below is of a cauliflower that I cut this week. But it’s not any old cauliflower – it’s grown on the stump of a cauliflower that I cut down to ground level a few weeks earlier.

Regrowth cauliflower

My theory goes that once a root system is established (if the season is still suitable) the roots are still alive and will put energy into developing a new top. This works well with most brassicas.

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Richard Jones Memorial Lecture – coming up

This should be a worthwhile event.
Put in your diary…

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Landcare working bees: 2016

LandcareHere is our planned schedule of working bees for 2016.

Please click on image to enlarge it.

Ruth Painter, Convenor
ruth.painter@iinet.net.au

Waterworks Landcare Schedule 2016

Mulching your garden with stones

This story is for people who love to garden but who also live in a bushfire prone area.

It’s also my story because I love mulching with stones.

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Problem is: most vegetable garden mulches are a fire hazard and too much soft mulching is a big no no during the fire season. Just when your garden is just begging to be mulched!

All is not lost. One neat answer is lapidary mulching – it’s an old art practiced by, amongst others, the original inhabitants of Easter Island. There are many benefits to lapidary mulching, not least that stones have a lovely aesthetic quality.

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How to insulate the walls of your home.

Winter is here soon, so our attention is drawn to our homes and how comfortable they are… or aren’t.

All around our nation, home owners have been gradually insulating ceilings, windows and floors – because these are relatively easy to do. And that leaves just the walls. And we don’t know what to do! That’s because walls are so hard to get at.

When undertaking our ‘Barriers to Behaviour Change’ project the difficulty of insulating walls (that is, the walls that are already built and cladded) was identified as one of the most annoying and significant barriers to making our homes more thermally efficient.

Our ‘How to insulate the walls of your home’ guide is for those who are keen to have a go. You can download it HERE.

Mums for alternative transport

Local cook book now available

Fire preparation – an illustrated guide

Building connections & sharing ideas

Wheelie bins as an art medium

Community meeting: May 3