During the buzz of the last Taroona Seaside Festival (Nov 2011), Taroona residents were interviewed at random by Taroona High Grade 10 student Ollie Mackay. (click on the title for more) Ollie asked the question: "What do you love about the Taroona's foreshore?". Here are some of the responses. (open the files with i-Tunes or Quick Time Player).
With grant funds TEN is currently developing a podcast for the foreshore track. TEN members are working alongside two THS 'Exploring the Coastline' students to conduct interviews of ten local residents, all experts in their field, on various features along the foreshore, including Aboriginal heritage, European history, geology, birds, plants, shells, marine algae, the work of IMAS at Crayfish Point, and the Derwent Estuary Program. Two Grade 7 students are also filming the interviews. The podcast is expected to be completed early 2012.
Recently, the school initiated a Partnership Agreement with us to acknowledge our involvement in helping to care for its natural areas. It is an encouraging agreement, which recognises and appreciates our work in the past, and provides some parameters for the future. For many years, TEN have been assisting the school to manage its coastal foreshore, gully and bushland by removing invasive weeds, planting natives and encouraging natural regeneration to restore biodiversity.
8/10/10 - Sudden browning of the foliage on the eucalypts along Taroona's ridgetop, the Southern Outlet and Bonnet Hill was first noticed in mid-August 2010. The TEN network did what it does best - we networked! Within a few days, botanists, ecologists, foresters, entomologists and zoologists were on the job and involved in investigations as to the cause. Initially thought to be suffering from drought, it was soon realised that a billion tiny caterpillars had been munching their way through the canopies.
With grant funds from the Australian Govt Envirofund program, TEN engaged Northbarker Ecosystem Services to prepare site Action Plans for our work areas (Hinsby Beach to Taroona High School).
The document presents a 5 year Action Plan to direct future weed management and planting of the foreshore and adjacent reserves. The report also includes detailed weed maps, native vegetation maps and geology notes.
The report was prepared in collaboration with Kingborough Council and has been endorsed by them.