Tasman Island weed eradication program

Dr Josephine Castillo1
1 Wildcare (Friends of Tasman Island), Tasmania, Australia  


Tasman Island is a remote, precipitous island off Tasmania’s south-east, accessible only by helicopter. Its lighthouse guides shipping to Hobart, including the Sydney-to-Hobart yachtrace, and a close view of Tasman Island is the highlight of the famous Three Capes walk. In the days when the lighthouse was manned, the keepers needed to be self-sufficient. They cut down all the thick growth of trees for fuel, created pasture for sheep, cattle and other animals and grew vegetables. Now that Tasman Island is part of a national park, the vegetation is returning to its natural state and the removal of introduced weeds is being tackled by volunteers.


Josephine Castillo (PhD Law) recently retired from a career as a lawyer with government and, from a love of the Tasmanian wilderness, has found herself coordinating a weed eradication program for the Friends of Tasman Island, a volunteer group that formed in 2005. Its aim is to restore Tasman Island’s natural and cultural treasures, degraded since the lighthouse was demanned in 1975. The Friends welcome interested people with the right skills onto their twice-yearly working bees.

About the Association

The Australian Coastal Society (ACS) was initiated at the Coast to Coast Conference in Tasmania in 2004. The idea was floated as a means for those interested in coastal matters to communicate between conferences and where possible take resolutions of the conference to appropriate levels of government.

The idea was discussed further at the Coast to Coast Conference in Melbourne in 2006 and it was agreed that Bruce Thom develop a constitution of a company limited by guarantee that would operate on a national basis.

This plan was accomplished and in 2008 at the Coast to Coast Conference in Darwin the constitution was ratified and an Executive appointed. The company received charitable status in 2011.

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