$20,000 raised to preserve buildings
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.