$20,000 raised to pre­serve build­ings

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - LORETTA LOHBERGER

A VOL­UN­TEER group work­ing to pre­serve the Tas­man Is­land light­sta­tion build­ings — which in­clude one of Aus­tralia’s old­est light­houses — is cel­e­brat­ing its first foray into crowd fund­ing.

Us­ing poz­i­ble.com, the group raised $20,000 — its tar­get was $16,357 — for its next work­ing bee on the re­mote is­land.

For the past 11 years, the Friends of Tas­man Is­land Wild­care group has been in­volved in con­ser­va­tion work and the restora­tion of all the light­sta­tion build­ings.

The group’s pres­i­dent Carol Jack­son, the daugh­ter of a lighthouse keeper, said the group was “ab­so­lutely rapt” with the amount it raised.

The group’s 26th 10-day work­ing bee starts later this month.

The 10 vol­un­teers, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, and food and other sup­plies, will all be flown by he­li­copter to the is­land.

The group’s fo­cus for this work­ing bee will be to re­pair the sun­room and front ve­randa of the house known as lighthouse keeper’s quar­ters No.2.

Ms Jack­son said the ex­tra money raised would go to­wards pro­duc­ing a se­ries of Tas­man Is­land art cards.

Ms Jack­son lived with her fam­ily on Tas­man Is­land from 1954-1957.

Af­ter stints at other Tas­ma­nian light­houses, the fam­ily re­turned in 1972, and was one of the last to live on Tas­man Is­land be­fore the lighthouse was de­manned in 1977.

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