The purpose of this branch is to assist with tasks to protect the natural and cultural values of the area, celebrate these values and run events to build community.

Who we are

The friends of the larapuna coast works collaboratively with the Parks and Wildlife Service, Break O’Day Council, Tasmanian Walking Company, NRM North, Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania, Friends of Eddystone Point and Birdlife Tasmania to not only protect and conserve the heritage values in this spectacular part of Tasmania, but to also learn, share and celebrate these values for all to appreciate. This group is a result of the larapuna Community Weekend, a three day event that has been run since 2014 that sees volunteers from Ansons Bay to Denmark walk the beaches together, learn about the land and its past, and care for it by collecting rubbish and pulling sea spurge: binding nature, culture and community together. The 2017 event saw 130 volunteers cover 50 kms of coast, removing thousands upon thousands of sea spurge plants, while also collecting and classifying 40kg of marine debris. The friends of the larapuna coast group will continue to be a major part of this event, as well as undertake other volunteering projects in the north-east coastal region.

Where we work

larapuna is a Tasmanian Aboriginal name for Eddystone Point. The Bay of Fires (Eddystone Point to Binalong Bay) has also been referred to as larapuna by Tasmanian Aboriginal people. This group works along this beautiful coastline, but is not restricted to these beaches. The larapuna Community Weekend has run in the past from Stumpys Bay in wukalina/Mt William National Park in the north to The Gardens in the south. With the right project, the group can support conservation work south of St Helens as well.

What we do

The friends of the larapuna coast is a new group formed in 2017 to recognise the invaluable contributions more than 200 volunteers have made to the community event; the larapuna Community Weekend. Along with continuing to run this event, we will also undertake a range of works that cater to our group’s skills and interests, as well as the needs of conservation management. We envisage that some of our works will be more remote, while at other times we will focus around the day use areas.

Contacts

President:    Sam Cuff – sam.cuff@parks.tas.gov.au

Secretary:     Cathie Plowman – lueena@bigpond.com

Treasurer:     Heath Garrett – heath@taswalkingco.com.au