Friends of Tasman Island
Our members are a very dedicated group of volunteers and supporters who are interested in the conservation of both the cultural and natural environment on Tasman Island. We work in partnership with the Parks and Wildlife Service fundraising for, and implementing conservation plans for the heritage-listed buildings on the island. We also support environmental and wildlife programs on the island.
- FoTI Newsletter 24 June 2021 pdf
- FoTI Newsletter 23 December 2020 final pdf
- FoTI Newsletter 22 April 2020 PDF
- Newsletter 21 2019 pdf
- Expression of Interest 2019 Working Bees PDF
- Newsletter 20 2018 pdf
- Newsletter 19 2018
- Newsletter 18 2017 pdf 2
- Newsletter 17 June 2017
- Newsletter 16 Xmas 2016
- FoTINewsletter 15 2016 pdf
- Newsletter 14 2015 pub final
- FOTI Newsletter No 13 - Nov 2014
- FOTI Newsletter No 12 - July 2014
- FOTI Newsletter No 11 - July 2013
- FOTI Newsletter No 10 - Nov 2012 - Thinking of Christmas presents?
- FoTI Newsletter No 9 - June 2012
- FoTI Newsletter No 8 - Feb 2012
- FoTI Newsletter No 7 - Aug 2011
- FoTI Newsletter No 6 - April 2011
- FoTI Newsletter No 5 - Oct 2010
- FoTI Newsletter No 4 - July 2010
- FoTI Newsletter No 3 - Feb 2010
- FoTI Newsletter No 2 - Oct 2009
- FoTI Newsletter No 1 - Aug 2009
- Building Materials Shopping list
- 1 Individualism
- 3 Drawing the edge
- 2 vertical cliff diptych
- 4 From the source
- 5 Inverted lament
- 9. Victoria Dock site map
Who we are
Wildcare volunteer group, Friends of Tasman Island (FoTI), was formed in 2005. Working in partnership with the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service we have a membership of very dedicated volunteers and supporters who are working towards the restoration of both the cultural and natural environment of Tasman Island.
Where we work
Spectacular Tasman Island is the site of the highest operating lighthouse in Australia. One of the most isolated light stations, the island is now part of the Tasman National Park. Separated from Cape Pillar by the narrow Tasman Passage, the island’s formidable appearance is enhanced by some of the highest sea cliffs in Australia.
Construction of a landing and haulage in late 1904 preceded erection of the lighthouse and keepers’ quarters with building materials weighing up to 13 cwt (660 kg) taking up to eight hours to reach the site. Keepers already had vegetable gardens growing by the time the light was officially opened on 2nd April 1906.
Automation of the lighthouse in 1976 signalled the end of light keeping as a way of life with keepers withdrawn in May 1977. Since that time there has been no permanent human presence on the island with time and the elements causing deterioration of the island’s historic heritage.
What we do
First lit in 1906, the lighthouse celebrated its 100th birthday in April 2006 when FoTI volunteers held their first working bee on the island. Since that time, 30 ten-day working bees have been held, with volunteers completing an impressive range of work.
FoTI volunteers have:
- Developed a strategic plan for the preservation of the cultural and natural environment on Tasman Island;
- Carried out conservation, restoration and maintenance work on the three keepers’ quarters and oil store;
- Produced a management plan for the natural environment which aims to eradicate introduced weeds with the corresponding regeneration of the natural environment;
- Developed a fauna and flora survey plan;
- Established biosecurity measures as an important aspect of our work on Tasman Island.
FoTI meets each month to plan future work on Tasman Island. Volunteers with an interest in the conservation and preservation of the natural and cultural elements of Tasman Island are welcome to join us. You can also donate to our cause at https://wildcaretas.org.au/product/branch-fundraising-friends-of-tasman-island/
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President: Carol Jackson