Maatsuyker Island is recognised in Tasmania, nationally and internationally as one of a group of Tasmanian islands which has important heritage, natural and Aboriginal values. The Friends of Maatsuyker Island (FOMI) formed in 2003 to contribute to the conservation, protection and recognition of these values. FOMI work collaboratively with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service and other key groups.

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Where we work

Maatsuyker Island is located approximately 10 km off the south coast of Tasmania and is the second largest island in the Maatsuyker Group. It is 3 km long and 1.5 km wide at its widest point and covers 180 hectares. The island is part of the south west National Park, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It has a variety of flora and fauna, and is unique in that it is the location of Australia’s most southerly lighthouse.

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What we do

Our group works in partnership with the Parks and Wildlife Service to maintain the cultural and natural heritage values of Maatsuyker Island.

We care about the island. Even if we never go there we want to know that the historic buildings are being conserved, the Aboriginal heritage is acknowledged and respected, and the Islands animals, plants and marine environment are protected for future generations (FOMI philosophy)

Click here for the Australian National Maritime Museum blog on the Catalogue of Objects recorded on Maatsuker Island.

Some of our activities include:

  • Assistance with the development of management strategies and associated works programs
  • Applying for government grants and other fundraising
  • Historical heritage preservation and maintenance
  • Nature preservation including weed eradication
  • Assistance with the volunteer caretaker program

Biosecurity Procedures

Click here for guidance on how to avoid carrying pests and diseases onto Maatsuyker Island.

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