20 February 2017

Music for a Warming World - enjoy it this week!


 (At the IMAS Building, Castray Esplanade, Hobart)

Tues 21st Feb: Climate change - how bad is it, how to fix it and what will it cost?
Prof Eelco Rohling (ANU)
6.00 - 7.30 pm (no charge)

Thurs 23rd Feb: Dangerous Climate Change: An Artistic Response (incl. show preview).
Prof Christine Parker (Uni Melb) and Dr Simon Kerr
1.00 - 2.00 pm (no charge)

The Simon Kerr Perspective

Simon Kerr - Guitars, Vocals, Stomp
Kylie Morrigan - 5 String Violin, Vocals
Scott Lewis - Piano, Keys,Vocals
Christine Parker - Laptop and visuals


MUSIC FOR A WARMING WORLD - Performances this week

Fri 24th Feb: Clarence Uniting Church, York St, Bellerive
7.30 - 9.00 pm (tickets at door)

Sat 25th Feb: Brookfield Margate, 1640 Channel Hwy, Margate
7.30 - 9.00 pm (tickets at door)

Sun 26th Feb: Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Rd, Moonah
3.00 - 4.30 pm
Get Moonah tickets at https://mww-moonaharts.eventbrite.com (no door sales)
Share the Facebook Event with your friends!

Sponsored by Climate Tasmania
Contact John Hunter 0427 098 831


20 January 2017

Hobart Transport review - Have Your Say - on Private Transport

The City of Hobart is currently seeking community input on "Private Transport" (this is Module 2 in a package of four modules).  This gives us all a chance to tell Council what we think about walking, riding and driving in our city.

WHEN has put in a submission, and key points from this are included below if any WH residents would like to use them too. 

How to have your say
Note: submissions on Module 2 need to be in by 20 March 2017. 
Your submission can be as long or short as you want. You do not have to answer all or any questions in the Consultation Paper, they are there as a guide.

Onlineuse the Surveys and Forms tab at https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/transport-strategy
(if you choose this approach, try skimming through the notes below first)
Email - coh@hobartcity.com.au, with Transport Strategy in the email Subject line.
Post - Transport Strategy
          City of Hobart
          GPO Box 503
          Hobart TAS 7001

The Council’s documents
An overview of the whole transport strategy review process is here:  https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/transport-strategy

Consultation Paper 2: Private Transport can be downloaded from the Related Documents Tab on this page: https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/transport-strategy

What we said 

General Observations
Climate Change is the critical issue for our city and our time so it should be evident as a thread in all the sections of the document, not relegated to the final brief section. People’s private transport choices are key to reducing emissions and energy use. We recognise that much of the impact of private vehicle use in the city is via the entry or transit of vehicles from other LGAs but we are keen to see the City do everything possible to foster active transport and reduce car use.

Making West Hobart More Walkable  
We are fortunate, living in West Hobart, that distances are short to amenities and there are many short cuts and connecting pathways which make walking and riding to destinations faster and more efficient.  West Hobart is a very pleasant environment in which to walk, with trees and gardens and neighbourly contact. It has the potential to be a highly walkable suburb, with some moderate interventions.

Residents tell us (and advised the recent workshop on walkability held in West Hobart) that barriers to walking in our suburb include:
  • concerns about safety, especially for children crossing the Hill St ‘rat run’ in peak hours. [We have proposed to Council that this be addressed by traffic calming solutions including wombat crossings on Hill Street at each end of Lansdowne Crescent, and signalised crossings at the corner of Hill and Arthur Streets. Also a reduction in speed limits in the whole residential area to 40kph, and outside the schools to 30kph].
  • uneven footpaths – there are many bumps and gaps to trip up mobility restricted or vision impaired residents
  • lack of kerb ramps in some places.  Smooth footpaths and kerb ramps are essential for prams, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, vision impaired, people using walking sticks.
  • lack of seating at bus stops and at regular intervals (eg at 100m intervals may be a best practice)
  • lack of safe crossing points i.e. wombat crossings
    • zebra crossings ensure pedestrian priority
    • ramped crossings assist the aged, people with disabilities and with prams, by smoothing out the bumps and providing better visibility and communication between pedestrians and drivers.  Such crossings would invite people to cross confidently.

Making West Hobart More Rideable
Here again our residents are fortunate that we enjoy short distances to CBD-located destinations, and many streets have low traffic volumes.

Barriers to increased riding include:

  • the hills - electric bikes are a solution to West Hobart’s hills and more and more people are taking them up. This is an emerging sector of the transport mix and needs to be positively encouraged by the City.
  • the traffic volume and speed in peak hours on ‘rat run’ streets such as Hill St. We have previously proposed to Council (on several occasions) that this be addressed by traffic calming solutions including wombat crossings on Hill Street at each end of Lansdowne Crescent, and signalised crossings at the corner of Hill and Arthur Streets. Also a reduction in speed limits, in the whole residential area to 40kph and outside the schools to 30kph.
  • the complete absence of an identified safer bicycle route through the suburb – no bike lanes or signed bike routes are in place. West Hobart is included in the Hobart Arterial Cycle Network as requiring connectivity through to the city. A recommended route through West Hobart is shown on the Hobart Bicycle Map produced by Cycling South. This route needs to be marked and signed as a priority bike route for residents and visitors.
  • Shortage of bike parking hoops at destinations such as shops, parks, bus stops.  To date there are only two locations which have usable bike parking loops – these are the Hill St Post Office (2x) and Smolt Kitchen (2x).  Hill Street Grocer has (finally) installed a loop at its new shop location, but the one loop is badly positioned and usually difficult/impossible to access (hidden behind shopping trolleys and parked cars or delivery vans). 
  • Traffic speed in residential areas is a key issue for riders when they are forced to share the road with drivers.  Where there is a smaller differential between the speeds of the bike and the car using the same road space, this significantly reduces both on-road tension and the risk to the rider’s safety.   We call for speed limits in residential areas of 40kph, and 30kph in the vicinity of schools.

Car parking
We support Council’s approaches to increase the cost of all day parking in the CBD and to reduce its availability.  The next step is to reduce the all-day on street car parking by commuters in the inner suburbs such as West Hobart.  This would improve the residential amenity where there is limited off-street parking, and free up valuable on-road space for dedicated bus or bike lanes, and for traffic calming measures which would make the streets safer for all road users.

Land use planning controls
We support increased urban density in Hobart, especially along key transport corridors.  In West Hobart this would include the bus route and the expected bike paths.  Increased urban density means more residents could readily access public transport to get to work, and walk or use bikes for local, shorter trips.

Council could promote the Green Star energy points system more strongly in its building code, in particular to promote quality end of trip facilities for bike riders.

There should be no minimum parking requirement for new developments, in order to encourage car-free living.

With development applications and new subdivisions, Council should encourage provision and retention of public space for cut-throughs and connections of walking and bicycle networks.  New developments should be required to include quality separate walking and cycling paths as part of their street treatments.

Encouraging multi-modal transport
We support residential small scale versions of Park and Ride – where for example people could park their bikes at bus stops, then jump on public transport or into a friend’s car or carshare.   Bike parking loops or lockers (which offer rain protection and security against theft) could be installed at selected bus stops in West Hobart, to encourage residents to try multi-modal travel. 

01 January 2017

In the garden - January 2017

Dear gardening friends

Well, another year is nudging into view. I think most of us are filled with some trepidation as to what it may bring. 

I reckon making and caring for a garden and sharing its produce is an important healing and supportive act. Keeps us whole and protects our future.

So here's to a new year amongst the vegies and flowers.

Thank you to Greg for the planting notes.

JANUARY Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
French Bush Beans (last chance) x

Swedes (last chance) x

x x x
Shallots/Spring Onions x x

Lettuce (last chance to grow to decent size) x x x
Cauliflower   P to G x

Cabbage  P to G x

Brocolli  P to G x

Cabbage (direct seedlings small style cabbages) x x x


Cauliflower x

Lettuce - last chance before winter x x

Best wishes


08 December 2016

We're making West Hobart more walkable

A good number of residents attended the community consultation "Walk This Way" on Friday 18 November at Lansdowne Crescent Primary School.  The meeting (and catering, yum) was organised by the Council.  Publicity for the day included alerts via this blog and Facebook, an interview of the keynote speaker on ABC radio, a local interview for The Mercury, and letterboxing of about 600 houses around Hill Street.

Photo:  Matthew Farrell
The passionate keynote speaker, Ben Rossiter, Chief Executive of Victoria Walks, presented views on how walking has been discouraged in Australian suburbs, which rang true for us in West Hobart!  He then gave some impressive examples of how residents and Councils in Victoria have created "walkable" communities.  Below are
- some notes from his presentation
- conclusions drawn on how to create safe crossing points on Hill Street
- next steps for us.

Some notes from Ben Rossiter's presentation

Walkers are the "indicator species" of a healthy community.    People WANT to walk, for health, enjoyment, social interaction, to save money, and often for convenience or by necessity.   But walking has not been valued, we have made it scary and difficult, we have designed our street environments for cars not for people.

As we age, we tend to walk more often, for both recreation and transport.  Our senior citizens know that they are vulnerable to falls, so they are deterred by things like:
    • dogs not on a leash
    • footpaths that are uneven or poorly lit
    • badly designed kerb crossings
    • drivers failing to give way, and fast moving traffic
    • bicycle riders on shared paths riding too fast or behaving erratically
Barriers to children walking or riding to school and playing outside include:
    • road safety concerns of parents
    • traffic volume and speed
    • fear of strangers, and empty streets not offering eyes to watch out for kids
    • the lure of less active hobbies, such as screen time
Infrastructure solutions include:
    • safe and level footpaths on all streets
    • well designed kerb ramps and clear markings at driveway crossings
    • reduction in vehicle speeds
    • reduction in both the complexity and the distance of crossing the road
    • more time to cross
    • reinforce the requirement for vehicles to give way
    • visually and actually narrowing streets to discourage speeding behaviours
Ben showed photos of safe pedestrian priority crossings, including zebra pedestrian crossings.  The crossings are frequently elevated on a raised table - this gives additional visibility to pedestrians and also an extra incentive to drivers to slow down.  Locating these real pedestrian-priority crossings right at intersections reflects pedestrians' "desire lines"  i.e. where the attractive destinations (like shops and cafes) are, and where most people want to cross.

The community can also act to improve things.  It's important to build the number of interesting destinations in the community, and to build community connections via school and neighbourhood activities.   Encouraging walking groups and promoting local walking routes can help people to start walking and to continue enjoying regular walks.  WHEN's West Hobart Walks map is a good start!

Safe crossing points on Hill Street

Council has committed to install two safe crossing points on Hill Street in the current financial year 2016/17.  Residents and schools reps at the workshop came away convinced by the additional data and examples presented that the Council's plans when they are shown to us for more formal consultation should be for
  1. zebra crossings (which give pedestriansa legal priority under our current Road Rules)
  2. located at the two intersections at either end of Lansdowne Crescent
  3. and preferably on raised tables for additional protection
The safe crossing points should be reinforced by a reduced speed limit of 40 kph, at least all along Hill Street if not applied across the whole of our residential community.

Next steps

A coalition of local community groups, schools and businesses have sent a letter to Council outlining and supporting this viewpoint, and urging that the solution for safer crossing points on Hill Street reflect these elements.

If you want to send a similar letter on behalf of your group or business, do contact us via whenvnet@gmail.com, and we'll send you a draft you can make your own.

24 November 2016

A community project you may be interested in

A Community Bank for the Hobart Foothills?

Come to an information session in the Phoenix space of Goulburn St Primary School, Monday 28 Nov. at 7 pm to hear about the project underway to set up a locally owned Community Bank to be called the South Hobart and Foothills Community Bank (backed by Bendigo Bank).

Community Banks use profits from local banking to fund local projects and initiatives. Come along with ideas of what community endeavours you would like to see funded by our bank!

The Phoenix space is the free-standing general purpose room below the main school building on Goulburn St.

16 November 2016

Walk This Way - is on in two (2) days

Just a reminder that this important opportunity to show the Council that West Hobartians demand a safer neighbourhood - an environment where it is safe to let our kids walk and ride to school, and where it is safe for our older residents to walk to the shops and to the doctor - is on this Friday.  Yes, in one or two days' time. 

We do hope that you can come along.  And please tell your neighbours and friends, we need as many people to come as possible.  We are effectively going to be asking the Council to use West Hobart as a trial for a new approach to managing traffic in residential areas.  Actually, this has already been done in Battery Point but the Council has seen that as a special case for some reason. 

We want to protect our kids and elders against the tide of fast cars that currently use our neighbourhood as a conduit to and from the city.  Ben Rossiter will talk about what has been done in Victoria to help make suburbs more "walkable".  Then we will discuss what might work here in West Hobart.

There will be a (free) morning tea as well!  What could be better?

Friday 18 November, 10.30am to 1pm

GP Room, Lansdowne Crescent School

See you there!

01 November 2016

November - planting notes

Here is the planting guide for November:
NOVEMBER Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Beetroot - large direct sowing for winter  x

Carrot - large direct sowing cropping Feb to Oct. x x

Swedes - for winter

Shallots/Spring onions x x x x
Climbing Beans 
x x x
French Bush Beans x x x x
Sweetcorn -  x x x x
as ground is warmer, can dispense with pregermination

Silverbeet - for winter

Leeks - punnet to ground
x x x
Kohlrabi x x x x
Brussel Sprouts and Kale - direct seeding

Zucchini- pots to ground.  x x x
Basil - punnet to ground  x x x x

Punnets or Individual Pots

Brussel Sprouts

x x

x x
Silverbeet - for winter

x x

x x


25 October 2016

Walk this Way! Friday 18 November

Walk this Way! 

A forum to discuss ways to make West Hobart a great place for walking.

Everyone is invited to this Council and community-convened workshop to inform and inspire people about important factors in creating a walkable community in West Hobart.

Walking is great for our health, the safety and amenity of our suburb and for the environment, but there are things we can do to make our corner of the world better for walking. Come and hear Ben Rossiter, CEO of Victoria Walks - Australia's premier walking advocacy organisation.

Ben will talk about Australian best practices in local government-provided pedestrian infrastructure, and community-driven walking campaigns / walk to school programs. There will also be a group discussion about creating a walking friendly and active West Hobart.

WHEN - Friday 18 November, 10.30am - 1pm (morning tea included) 

WHERE - GP Room, Lower Level of Lansdowne Crescent Primary School, Gourlay St, West Hobart

Please mark this important event for the West Hobart community in your diaries right now!  

It will be important to have as many residents as possible come along, so that we get the best ideas.   If you are on Facebook, pls share our FB Event with your friends.  Or send your RSVP to whenvnet@gmail.com.


29 September 2016

See Hobart with fresh eyes - 8 October

Better Hobart will be hosting another free Urban Walk on Saturday 8 October.  They say:

This will be a repeat of our highly successful first walk, on which Dale Campisi (The Gents Guide) and Nick Booth (NBD-Space) dared us to look at the CBD afresh, opening our eyes to some truly inspiring ideas for urban renewal in Hobart.

Their route will take us via some of the recent urban planning outcomes in the CBD, including upgrades on Liverpool Street, Mathers Lane, Collins Place and Franklin Square. View the map here.

The walk will conclude with a free screening of The Human Scale, a documentary inspired by the human-centred design practices of the Danish architect Jan Gehl.  Check out the preview below.

If you're anything like us - passionate about creating a more liveable, sustainable and people-friendly Hobart - then do not miss it!

The tour will depart Core Collective Architects on Argyle St at 3:00pm on Saturday 8 October, with around 1 hour of total walking-time scheduled.

Register now at our Facebook event. Please note that spaces are limited.

10 September 2016

WH Recreation Ground - the City Council is listening

Recently the City of Hobart published a draft Management Plan and Lighting Plan for the West Hobart Oval.  We wrote about it here, and encouraged residents to think about the oval and to make submissions.

Council has considered the ideas that came in from the community and has recently released its revised Management Plan.  A number of changes have been made to the draft plan, so this exercise has demonstrated the usefulness of both Council consulting with locals and locals making the effort to get involved! 

WHEN is pleased that several of our suggestions have been accepted as useful by the Council.  Our accepted ideas were:

  • installation of bike hoops (within sight of the oval) so that oval users can securely park their bikes while they're playing
  • improved access for pedestrians and bike riders from the Hamilton St entrance, to increase safety for children walking and riding to the oval
  • better access for both pedestrians and bike riders on a shared pathway between Hamilton St and Lansdowne Crescent
  • encouraging use of the oval for community events.
We now look forward to seeing the implementation of the revised Management Plan and how well our ideas are considered and implemented.

08 September 2016

September planting notes, 2016

Greg's planting notes for September are below. 

Oh joy! Spring!

And even more lovely - Eve's Garden is back. Every Sunday 10 - 4 at 14 Petty St, Elizabeth will be selling plants and seedlings for our Spring gardens and on Sunday 25 Sept she will be selling tomato plants too. She is busy potting them up right now. 

Happy gardening.


SEPTEMBER Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Beetroot - not too many as often goes to seed in Summer x x x x
Shallots/Spring onions x x x x
Celeriac - keep damp 3 weeks plus for Autum/Winter x x x x
Tomatoes - punnet into ground - in greenhouse only

x x
Capsicums - punnet into ground - in greenhouse only

x x
Parsnip - keep damp for 3 weeks plus. x x x x
direct only for Autumn/Winter

Kohlrabi - earliest sowing date 

Radish x x x x
Lettuce - Direct seeding and punnet to ground. x x x x

Into Punnets

Lettuce x x x x
Tomatoes - for outdoors, punnet to pots in propagator

x x
Sweetcorn - pregerminate then sow direct

Zucchini - pregerminate, plant in pots in propagator x x x x
Leek  x x x x

07 September 2016

Great sustainable house ideas on show this Sunday

Yes, this Sunday is the annual Sustainable House Day, this is your big chance to check out other people's houses and good ideas!  You could pick up some cheap and easy fixes for your place.

Register at the site to get access to details of the houses that are available to visit. 

Some great houses on show include:

Inner Urban Eco-Upgrade - see roof and underfloor insulation, double glazing, draught proofing, insulating the hot water cylinder, heat pump, rooftop solar PV...

Mountain River
New build - masses of solar PV, heavy insulation, passive solar design, heat pump HW system

Tolmans Hill
New build - passive solar, hillside building, high insulation, thermal mass, disability access throughout

Fern Tree
A passive solar build 20 years on, showing improvements added over time

New build - "An example of an energy-efficient home design which can be achieved for any new house build on a modest budget". Passive solar design, low e-films on windows...

New build - fully self-sufficient for energy and water - wow!!!

Want to visit and write up your thoughts?  Please do, drop us a line!

20 August 2016

Masterclass with Richard Denniss, 21 September

If you're a 'non-economist' and you've ever wanted to spend the day with Australia Institute chief economist Richard Denniss learning about economics for progressive advocacy -- this is your chance!

Anglicare Tasmania's Social Action and Research Centre (SARC) is hosting Richard to teach a masterclass on economics for progressive advocacy, with a large discount!

Richard Denniss
MASTERCLASS: Economics for Progressive Advocacy (a guide for non-economists)
with Richard Denniss
Wednesday, 21 September, 10 am – 4 pmMathers House (lower level), 180 Bathurst St, Hobart TASCost: $140 (incl. GST), with lunch included.

Our thanks to Anglicare Tasmania's Social Action and Research Centre (SARC). This masterclass has been made possible at this special price (rrp $295) thanks to their support.
>> Book here

Economics is everywhere in the public debate, but economists are not. So much of what political leaders say relates to the economy, but so few of them say anything of real substance. Most community advocates, like most politicians, are not economists but most advocates, unlike most politicians, feel uncomfortable talking about things in which they are not expert.
This course is designed to decode political spin and economic nonsense, and unpack economics for progressive advocacy.
-- The Australia Institute Team

12 August 2016

Update on traffic solutions for West Hobart

Our last update was on 9 April.

Where are we at now in the Hill St/Lansdowne Cres traffic saga?

We have continued to lobby but nothing is straightforward it seems. 

Hobart Council sent three letters in May to the Department of State Growth seeking clarification and/or support for issues around:
a) installing traffic lights at the corner of Arthur and Hill Streets
b) a children's crossing on Hill St near the train park
c) rules for establishing "zebra" crossings.

We're advised that State Growth has responded as follows:

a) Traffic lights
In relation to the traffic lights, we're advised by the Council that State Growth has responded that:
"the intersection is unlikely to meet warrants for traffic signals as defined in the Austroads Guides".
State Growth apparently requested further information from the Council and  apparently Council is in the process of providing that.

We still support the installation of traffic lights on this corner in order to bring some order to the vehicle traffic at this intersection and to enable a safe crossing point here for pedestrians.   The lights will also break up the steady stream of city bound traffic along Hill Street into pulses and thereby create some safer crossing opportunities for pedestrians all along Hill Street.  This will be especially helpful in the morning peak hour.

b) Safer children's crossing at the Train Park
Apparently the Department of State Growth provided the advice “that the installation of children’s crossings on Hill Street would not be appropriate as they would not be located adjacent to school property. Providing a median treatment along Hill Street ... will improve safety by allowing pedestrians to cross the road in two stages. Experience indicates that median treatments are also beneficial in moderating vehicle operating speeds.”

This doesn't make much sense to us in light of firstly common sense (do median strips really help to moderate traffic speeds?) and secondly previous advice provided by State Growth. Council are liaising with State Growth to work out how to proceed.

c)  Statewide Warrants for Pedestrian Crossings
No response has been received to date from the Transport Commissioner. However the Manager Traffic Safety (Department of State Growth) has supported both using the warrants that have been developed in Victoria, and restricting the use of zebra crossings to locations where vehicle speeds are low and drivers are prepared to stop and give way to pedestrians. It was also noted that the installation of zebra crossings normally has to be accompanied by a street lighting upgrade so that motorists can clearly see pedestrians at night.

We still are keen to see zebra crossings, preferably on raised landings (also known as wombat crossings) at popular crossing points along Hill St and Lansdowne Crescent.  These will help to slow traffic to enable safer crossings by pedestrians, offer safer passage for older residents* and will be safer for bike riders than the "kerb bulb and traffic island" option currently favoured by Council.

WHEN recommends five locations for  these wombat crossings:
  1. Hill Street at Lansdowne Cres/Patrick Street intersection.  This will assist children crossing to school and pedestrians accessing the West Hobart Post Office.
  2. Hill St near Warwick St intersection.  This will assist children crossing to go to the park and to and from school, also pedestrians accessing the Porky Duck cafe on the corner.
  3. Hill St near Pine St intersection.   This will assist children crossing to school and pedestrians accessing the Pharmacy and Smolt Kitchen cafe.
  4. Hill St near the Arthur St intersection (this is on the basis that the proposed traffic signals are refused or deferred).   This will assist children crossing to school and pedestrians accessing the Hill Street Grocer.
  5. Lansdowne Cres near the Lansdowne Cres Primary School.  This will discourage drivers choosing Lansdowne Cres to avoid the new wombat crossing on Hill St near the train park, and will also assist children crossing here outside of the "manned" school crossing hours.
WHEN's ideas on how to make West Hobart more liveable in terms of its residential traffic management arrangements are shown on this map.  As well as the above listed wombat crossings to provide physical traffic calming measures, we support reducing the speed limit in our neighbourhood to 40 kph, and reducing the speed limit at the school to 30 kph, both of which are standard practices in many residential zones both in Australia and overseas.

Next Steps

Council officers are currently developing a concept design for the " median treatment, refuge islands and kerb outstands" to be installed in Hill Street this financial year. These plans will be used to undertake consultation with the residents and businesses on Hill Street (and other stakeholders within the West Hobart community, including the Primary School).

We intend to be actively involved in developing these plans and will encourage as many residents as possible to get involved in the consultations when they occur.  Actual construction of the new crossings is likely to be towards the end of the 2016/17 financial year.

* A Monash University study undertaken for Victoria Walks (Fall-Related Injuries While Walking in Victoria, March 2016) included in its recommendations to reduce opportunities for pedestrian falls while walking in public places: "At crossing locations on minor roads, design should consider raised crossings, raised thresholds so that the footpath is at the same level as the street crossing".

08 August 2016

Found - a house key

A door key was found on Knocklofty Loop yesterday, drop us a line at whenvnet@gmail.com if you think it might be yours.

03 August 2016

In the garden - August

Dear Gardening Friends

The daffodils are cheering up the winter garden (and me), the pruning is done, the garlic is flourishing (I planted several varieties this winter and they are all up at long last). And the chooks have started laying again this week. All is well with the world in my little patch - gardening is a real sanctuary isn't it?

Here are Greg's notes for August:

AUGUST Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Parsnip - keep damp 3 weeks plus to germinate

x x
Carrot - keep damp for 3 weeks,  start picking mid Dec x x x x
Radish x x x x
Beetroot - not too many as often goes to seed Nov/Dec x x x x
Shallots/Spring onions x x x x
Celeriac - keep damp 3 weeks plus for Autum/Winter x x x x
Mini Cauliflower "Garant" - punnet into ground x x

Lettuce - direct seeding and punnet into ground x x x x
Sugar Snap Pea and Snow Pea - 3rd planting.  x

pregerminate then sow direct. Protect from birds to 100mm


Tomatoes - for greenhouse only x x x
Celeriac - keep damp 3 weeks plus x x

Capsicum - for greenhouse planting only
x x
Lettuce x x x x

Best wishes


21 July 2016

Sustainable House Day - 11 September

Sustainable House Day will be on September 11 this year. There are six houses in southern Tas open for visits this year.

Wouldn't it be great to have one in West Hobart!?  If you're proud of your green home and would like to share your experience and knowledge by opening it to the public on the day, register it at the Sustainable House Day website.

12 July 2016

A Community Bank in the Foothills of Mt Wellington?

WHEN has been approached by the South Hobart Community Bank project team, asking if West Hobart would like to be included in a possible broadening of their project across the Foothills of Mt Wellington.  Below is their email. 

If any WH resident is keen to attend this workshop on 22 July obo our community and is happy to provide a report back for our blog, that would be great!  Pls go ahead and register for the workshop and drop us a line to let us know.


Over the past year, the South Hobart Community Bank® Steering Committee has been working hard to raise sufficient interest from the local community to establish a Community Bank® in South Hobart.

Community Bank® branches are making contributions to communities across Australia which go beyond simply banking.  Owned by local people and backed by Bendigo Bank, the national network of branches has contributed more than $148 million to their communities.  These funds have helped provide much-needed financial support for community groups, clubs and not-for-profit groups that are the backbone of local communities.  They have helped artists, students, sporting enthusiasts, musicians, conservationists and many others to achieve great things.

Through the process of working to set up a Community Bank® we have realised that we need to expand our reach beyond South Hobart and engage with a wider community.  

So, we are asking for your help. The South Hobart Community Bank® Steering Committee invites you, as a leader in your local community, to come along to a workshop on Friday 22 July 2016 from 2pm – 4pm to help us expand our reach and re-energise our efforts to establish a Community Bank® in the foothills of Mount Wellington.

The newly constructed Lady Gowrie Child Care Centre has kindly offered to host us for the afternoon.  We will hear from Bendigo Bank staff and from Community Bank® representatives who have successfully set up branches in their local communities.

Half of the profits from every successful Bendigo Community Bank® is returned to the local community - that’s one powerful reason to help make it happen! 

The Workshop Details are:

Friday, 22 July 2016 from 2pm – 4pm
Lady Gowrie Child Care Centre
Davey Street entrance (next to Barrecode, 269 Davey Street) in South Hobart
Afternoon tea will be available


Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/south-hobart-community-bank-workshop-tickets-26290157569
***Please note that numbers are capped at 30.

For more information please call Jane on 0427 810 966 or Keri on 0409 793 406 or email us at: southhobartcbproject@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!
South Hobart Community Bank Project Steering Committee