We rally the troops in the quiet season for Parks staff to do some weeding, painting, track clearing and generally anything else that Ranger Everts deems needed. One activity will be to chase up the thistles sprayed in January on Saltwater Lagoon on Friendly Beaches. In the meantime everyone seems to have a great time whatever we do and they come back for more.
Friends of Freycinet
Our members undertake a variety of work in and around the Freycinet National Park plus other reserves to the north and south. Tasks are many and varied so we can accommodate volunteers with many skills.
Where we work
We assist the Parks and Wildlife Service Rangers to care for and manage the Freycinet National Park on the east coast of Tasmania. This spectacular coastal park, with pristine beaches and pink granite mountains is Tasmana’s busiest National Park with over 200,000 visitors a year. It was also the first National Park in Tasmania (declared at the same time as Mt Field National Park). For more information about the park visit www.parks.tas.gov.au
Among a wide variety of volunteering opportunities we are involved with the Schouten Island Caretaker Program and the Cooks Beach Caretaker Program.
Schouten Shenanigans is name coined by our wordsmith and President, Dave Harris, for the working bee on Schouten Island each year. It focusses mainly on eliminating gorse, which has been a successful ongoing project for the last 15 years. Now a new challenge has presented itself and the focus falls on dealing with blue periwinkle, which has started spreading across the island.
We have 4 other week long working bees each year, March Muster, May Mayhem, Ablaze in August and Opportunities in October. The tasks are selected with the Freycinet Park Rangers to compliment their programs and cover a wide range of places and skill sets including clearing all the beaches in the Park of Sea Spurge and rubbish, fixing fencing, painting fixtures, building platforms, clearing tracks and fuel reduction. Other projects and programs include hut maintenance on Schouten Island and Cooks Beach, as well as around the visitor’s centre at Coles Bay, and work further afield in the Douglas Apsley and Rocky Hills area.
President – David Harris (03) 6229 5466
Secretary – Adrian Sullivan 0409215470