Still Gardening Program has a new Coordinator.
Rebecca Free will manage the Program part time from our office at Mathers Place, 108 Bathurst Street.
Please make Beck feel welcome next time you see her at our office or at one of our get-togethers.
We are moving into the time of year when the Tasmanian sunshine really has some sting in it!
We need to be smart about striking the right balance between getting enough sunshine for vitamin D production, and avoiding skin damage.
Sunshine includes a component of ultraviolet, or “UV” radiation. UV radiation is responsible for skin damage, which can lead to ageing of the skin and skin cancers. The intensity of UV radiation is measured on a scale from 0 through 20.
Once the UV index is at or above 3, exposure to sunshine will cause skin damage. Visible signs of skin damage include sun tan and sun burn.
Clients and volunteers planning on a “Spring clean” can take advantage of free entry to the McRobies Gully Waste Management centre over the coming months.
The Hobart “tip” will offer free entry for domestic quantities of general mixed waste on 10 to 11 November 2012, 19 to 20 January and 29 to 30 June 2013.
You can drop off green waste on 23 to 24 February 2013. The council will also collect green waste from your kerb on your regular rubbish night from 19 to 23 November 2012.
For full details please go to the Hobart City Council web site. Please note that this offer applies to Hobart residents only.
The National Health reform has brought changes to the joint HACC program.
Up to 30 June 2012 Still Gardening was funded by the joint Australian Government and State and Territory HACC program whose client group were frail aged and younger people with a disability and their carers.
From 1 July 2012 the State Government will have funding responsibility for programs for people with disabilities and the Commonwealth Government will have funding responsibility for programs for older people.
As Still Gardening’s client group were almost entirely older people, its funding source is now the Commonwealth HACC program. Still Gardening will continue to work with its current clients with disabilities, however in line with with our new funding agreement, the program’s target group will be people aged 65 years and over, or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their carers.
Still Gardening is currently working on a Start-Up kit for other areas or community organisations who would like to develop a Garden Mates program based on the Still Gardening model. Contact our office if you would like more information.
Still Gardening has a library of books available for loan to volunteers and clients.
A big thank you to Garden mate Val who recently donated four titles from eminent Australian gardening writer Kevin Handreck: Food for plants; Organic matter and soils; Soils; What’s wrong with my soil?
"New" books for the Still gardening Library
Don’t judge these books by their covers! They look a bit dated, but they are packed with information for enquiring gardeners.
Come in to the office and have a browse.