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Volunteer work on Bass Strait Islands

fobsi100Friends of Bass Strait Islands (FOBSI) is a Tasmanian Wildcare group with a mission to rid the outer Furneaux Islands of African Boxthorn. This year they have been successful in getting grants to run working bees. In fact we have enough funding for three trips in 2014 and we are looking for more people join us on the trips.

If you are interested to volunteer, click of the title above to read more ...


For the past decade, FOBSI has run several working bees a year to the Furneaux Islands (on and around Flinders Island). We have completed primary treatment on quite a number of islands, and are currently focussing our efforts on Roydon Island, a 35 hectare island just off the north west coast of Flinders Island. We also regularly revisit treated islands, working in with the local landcare group to make sure our good work is not undone by poor follow up.

Trip Details

  • 12-25 May – Roydon Island primary treatment and follow up on several small outer islands

  • 5-18 July – Roydon Island burning heads from autumn, primary treatment

  • Late September (probably 19-29) – Wybalenna / Settlement Point (Flinders Island) and follow up on several small nearby islands

FOBSI working bees usually have 10 volunteers. All meals, transport (including airfares) and equipment is provided. Accommodation is camping, BYO tent and sleeping gear. We work in closely with Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service and Wildcare Tasmania to make sure everyone is insured, safe and doing the right thing by the precious and spectacular Furneaux Island environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Volunteers need to be reasonably fit. We generally work around 6 hours per day with good breaks along the way. The work involves cutting box thorn with chainsaws (accredited vols only) and hand tools, pulling cut material into piles and for the July trip burning the piles. The work sites are grass and low shrublands, with some steeper parts in places, so it helps to be foot sure. There is quite a bit of squatting / kneeling down involved in the treatment works. People should also know there are all manner of bitey insects on the islands due to the presence of bird nests.

  • Volunteers for the May and July trips need to be available for the whole trip, as these involve boating logistics to Roydon Island. Shorter commitment would be possible for the September trip as we will be working on Flinders Island itself, however those attending for shorter periods would need to fund half their airfare ~$240.

  • Roydon Island has a hut which we use for cooking and hanging out in. We have a toilet pit for each trip. The Flinders based trip to Settlement Point will probably involve camping at Emita. There are no amenities there, however we have a vehicle and can get into Whitemark town as needed.

  • Sometimes we are unable to boat out to the islands due to weather. If the sea is rough but the day is fine we will work at Settlement Point. If the weather is truly foul, we will find something to do where it is dry. On Roydon, wet days can be spent in the hut. Usually we have some sort of hut improvement project to occupy our down time. In the trips I've been on, there has been very little down time apart from what is scheduled. 

  • FOBSI trip leader purchases enough food from Whitemark for the trip prior to departure for the islands. We ask the participants to let us know their food preferences beforehand, and use our checklists to make sure we have enough for all plus some just in case. Usually all assist to get meals prepared. How this works is really up to the trip leader and the vols. We pride ourselves on feeding our volunteers well, however if people have specific treats they want to take along they can purchase in Whitemark before we leave.

  • All PPE except work boots is provided. This includes safety vests and glasses, earmuffs and gloves. For our chemical handlers, we also provide all the appropriate gear. Volunteers need to bring their own work clothes and wet weather gear. We have an extensive first aid kit and qualified first aiders on all trips. We also have a pretty solid set of safety procedures worked through with Tas Parks and Wildlife and practiced over a long period.

If you are interested, please make direct contact with Tuesday Phelan from FoBSI:

Mobile: 0499 118 997

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