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Tackling weeds Just hook up the trailer

A pair of lovingly restored trailers is the latest weapon in efforts by community volunteers to tackle weeds around the coast of Southern Tasmania.

Environment Division and Parks and Wildlife Service staff were on hand at Midway Point, outside Hobart, on Saturday, to help celebrate the launch of the two trailers by the Southern Coastcare Association of Tasmania Inc (SCAT).

SCAT secured an Australian Government grant to restore and restock the two trailers with weed management tools such a wheelbarrows, shovels and wipper snippers.

The trailers will be kept at Sorell and Clarence City Council and made available to local volunteers.

The launch was used also to celebrate celebrate National Volunteer Week 2008 with Coastcare volunteers, DEPHA and council staff and community members.

It is hoped that the event will spark the formation of a new Coastcare group at Midway Point.

SCAT is a non profit, incorporated organisation representing more than 30 groups and a handful of individuals in southern Tasmania from Dover to Swansea to Port Arthur.

It supports Coastcare groups and volunteers by providing opportunities and resources to help them participate in coastal management.

Go to the SCAT website to learn more: