Newsletter 2017 Issue 5

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Support Our Work

It's that time of the year again. Please consider SLT when you are deciding where to direct your end of financial year tax-deductible donations. Our newsletter highlights some of the work your donation will support.

Be Part of the Solution

Eco Home Guide

At the state level, we’re developing plans for Tasmania to be part of the solution to climate change by becoming carbon neutral by 2035 and a net sink for the rest of the century. At the household level, we’re helping people to improve environmental impacts through our social enterprise website We’ve done the homework on the best sustainability products and partnered with quality local installers to provide great deals. Best of all, when you purchase through Eco Home Guide, we receive a commission that supports our other important work. Let us help you be part of the solution!

Healthy Food Program in Clarendon Vale and Rokeby

Budding chefs from Clarendon Vale and Rokeby schools.

We have been working in partnership with FIMBY to run gardening and cooking workshops in Clarendon Vale and Rokeby with funding from Mission Australia. Over the past year, Lissa (SLT) and Christina (FIMBY) have planted out gardens and harvested veggies in the new community garden with Clarendon Vale Primary Students, and harvested fresh veggies and cooked up a storm with students from Bayview Secondary College. We have also been working with a small team of local adults and students to run regular garden pizza parties using locally harvested produce and student-made pizza dough, sauce, pesto and syrups. These workshops culminated in the group catering for the official opening of the Clarence Plains Community Garden, serving garden made vegetable pizzas, dips, fruit syrup mocktails and dessert pizzas to a crowd of nearly 200 VIPs and community members.

'Bleak Chic' - the Impact of Relentless Fast Fashion

Rack of clothes.

What’s the impact of our wardrobes? Australians are the second largest consumers of fashion in the world, each year consuming on average a whopping 27 kilos of textiles! We want to research the impact of this, by firstly finding out about Tasmanians’ relationship with fashion. We’ll be writing a weekly blog post detailing our findings and ways we can all work to reduce the impact of the fashion industry.

Host Your Own Living Local Feast

Tassievore feast with Wild Rabbit with white wine and mustard; Grilled wild mushrooms; Venison with birch bolete, pepper berry and caramelised onion; Roast vegetables with dandelion greens, spiced chickpeas and wild sumac.

We've had a good response so far to our Host Your Own Living Local Feast initiative, but we are still looking for more hosts. If you are passionate about supporting local growers and businesses and love the work of Sustainable Living Tasmania, please consider registering now. We have lots of information for hosts, including our recipes, an invite template and guides to what can be found locally.

One of the first supporter-hosted Living Local Feasts was held recently, by passionate forager and local foodie, Deb. Guests were treated to homemade cheeses, foraged cocktails, acorn spelt bread and other tasty tassie treats for entree. This was followed by an impressive mains spread (pictured) of locally hunted and gathered goodies, and poached quince and walnut cake with quince whey sorbet and clotted cream to finish it off. What a great way to celebrate being a Tassievore and support the great work of SLT. Thanks Deb!!

Don't feel daunted by this amazing effort, there are so many ways to Host Your Own Living Local Feast! It can be as simple as inviting friends around to enjoy some Tassie wines and cheeses or you could hold a potluck picnic in the park or make a group booking at a restaurant that focuses on seasonal local food.

Office Space for Rent

SLT office space available to rent.

Wonderful office space for rent in Hobart CBD. Great natural light and views over city rooftops, own entrance and heater, and (almost) everything you need for your business is included: super fast NBN, printer, meeting space, phone system, event space, teleconferencing, videoconferencing, webcasting, kitchenette, toilets.