The Bruny Island Local Guide provides comprehensive map-based information to visitors touring or staying on Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia. There are also special features for locals. Currently, it is only available for Android-based smartphones.
maps show the locations of the main attractions, restaurants,
historical sites and walking tracks. Photos and text explain the history
and significance of all the main sites. Practical information about
roads, toilets, petrol, weather and the ferry is also included together
with emergency advice.
Whether you’re on the island for a day or a month this easy-to-use app will help you get the most from your Bruny Island visit.
Over 50 Bruny Islanders participated in a Field Day at Apollo Bay to learn about how to protect and create wildlife habitat and monitor for feral cats and native wildlife. People got involved in the conversations and shared their own hard earned knowledge generously, helping to make the event a collaborative success.
Kingborough Council developed a summary from the day – download it here.
To maintain healthy bird populations both in the home garden and the bush it is important to have structurally diverse vegetation with tall trees, smaller trees, understorey shrubs and grasses, herbs and litter. These provide a variety of birds with foraging opportunities and places to nest, shelter and roost.
A: seed eaters e.g. Beautiful Firetail,
B: nectar feeders e.g. Eastern
Spinebill, Crescent Honeyeater
C: hawkers e.g. Dusky Woodswallow, Welcome
D: small foliage gleaners e.g. pardalotes,
E: large foliage gleaners e.g. Golden Whistler, Black-faced
F: gleaners of prey from
trunks and branches
e.g. Grey Shrike-thrush, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Strong-billed Honeyeater
G: flitter e.g. Superb Fairy-wren,
H: pouncer e.g. Flame, Dusky,
Scarlet and Pink Robins
I: Bird of prey e.g. Brown Falcon, Brown Goshawk
J: ground forager e.g. Bassian Thrush, Tasmanian Scrubwren
Set on Bruny Island as a neat microcosm of Australia, and with a single electricity cable supplying the research area, the CONSORT Battery Trial researched how ‘prosumers’ could contribute to a smarter future by sharing household scale solar electricity generation and battery storage with the entire network.
‘Prosumers’ both produce electricity, and consume it. Trial participants were subsidized to install rooftop solar panels paired with batteries and controllers, whilst connecting to both the grid and to the internet.
Funded by ARENA, done by three universities, the local electricity network and a company specializing in network aware solar/battery controllers, the trial looked at:
how can and why do people chose to participate in distributed solutions to electricity supply?
how can this participation be best coordinated (refining and testing algorithms to reduce peak load on electricity networks )?
how can prosumers be best paid for distributed solutions?
The final report for the trial illuminated these questions, finding that not all people wanted to be part of a wider societal energy solution and further, that using price signals to change behavior was not universally successful.
Probably the biggest successes for the trial was in testing algorithms to orchestrate how the PV/battery combos worked together to help manage the network’s peak loads. The trail-installed PV/battery systems totalled 128kW (PV) and 333 kWh (in batteries).
On Bruny, the single cable supplying most of the island is old and tired, especially when high loads heat it up, such as short holidays when many people flock to Bruny for a quick break.
To deal with these big loads, TasNetworks runs a diesel generator, producing greenhouse gas emissions in Tasmania’s otherwise largely renewable system.
Results show an overall 33% reduction in diesel use and a lack of need for the generator on 24 days when it would normally have been used – a fantastic feat given the rather small percentage of installed system versus overall demand!
Algorithms developed within universities were trialed and adapted using real-time conditions. These work on both predicting demand and in recompensing prosumers for their participation.
Great progress continues with the cat management project, with cat numbers declining, new management approaches being trialed, Bruny Farming taking a major role, and support from the University of Tasmania and the Commonwealth Government continuing.
success in removing both feral and stray cats (122 cats all up!)
but evidence of rapid re-colonisation following removal
few cats north of Great Bay
many cats at the Neck and Whalebone shearwater and little penguin colonies
greatly increased activity at colonies during breeding season
widespread although low density of cats in the wetter forests of Southern Bruny
differences in the success of baits across the different habitats
limited success in removing ‘trap-shy’ cats
Communtiy engagement, particularly with current cat owners has been high, with Bruny Farming taking a lead role in this, and other activities. This enables a cooperative and harmonious approach, which in turn leads to success in reducing the impact of cats on Bruny’s wildlife.
Kingborough Council has produced a new brochure, entitled “Tree Hollows – A home to suit every need”. It aims to help people understand the importance of tree hollows and how to retain, or help form this critical habitat.
Tree hollows – homes needed by 42 animal species – are now rare in the landscape because they take a long time to form, typically more than 150 years.
The brochure details how landholders can manage properties to provide better animal habitat whilst retaining safety for people. And it presents ideas that could work on their own properties.
It is based on the booklet “Tree Hollows in Tasmania – A Guide” published by Forest Practices Authority. Arborists, wildlife experts and land managers have provided input to the brochure to ensure it is practical and informative.
The brochure is available at Kingborough Council and here.
Three solid days of talks by experts, researchers, enthusiasts and scientists gave plenty of food for thought, culminating in the provocative and irreverent talk by First Dog on the Moon (censored!). The speaker series has become a much-loved feature of the Bird Festival and links to many of the talks are found below.