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


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.

Lanterns 2

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…


Landcare working bees: 2016

LandcareHere is our planned schedule of working bees for 2016.

Please click on image to enlarge it.

Ruth Painter, Convenor

Waterworks Landcare Schedule 2016

Mums for alternative transport

Local cook book now available

Fire preparation – an illustrated guide

How to insulate the walls of your home.

Building connections & sharing ideas

Wheelie bins as an art medium

Community meeting: May 3

Mulching your garden with stones