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About Us - Mission

Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station (FOBIQS) was formed in 2011 to “support the management, conservation and public appreciation of the Bruny Island Quarantine Station.” A meeting of about 20 interested people, including Bruny Islanders, non-residents, and staff of Tasmania Parks & Wildlife (PWS)and Wildcare, was held on site at the Quarantine Station. FOBIQS is a Wildcare Inc. Group that works cooperatively with PWS to manage and care for the Quarantine Station State Reserve.

Since our formation we have had several Open Days during which tours of the site have given visitors an insight to the various eras of the station's history over 150 years.

During 2013 we saw two of our visions for the future of the quarantine station come to fruition, and others progressing steadily.

Firstly, we completed the self guided Heritage Interpretive Walk officially opened in December 2013 by Dr. Dianne Snowden, Chair of the Tasmanian Heritage Council. 16 signs have been installed which form an informative walk around the site, along with several directional signs to guide and complete the circuit. The interpretive Heritage Walk was made possible by a Commonwealth Community Heritage Grant (Tell a Story) and works by Parks and Wildlife staff and the Friends of the Quarantine station.

 

Secondly, PWS and FOBIQS established a 'volunteer caretaker" program over the summer period starting early December 2013 and this has proved most successful. We initially trialled 'Open Sundays' but response was good and after many requests from people that could not make the Sunday we had discussion with Parks stafff and were able to open Saturday and Sunday. This has now progressed to having volunteer caretakers all year round.

This form of management is operating successfully on a number of other sites including Cape Bruny Island Lighthouse. The caretakers undertake tasks that are assigned by PWS in accordance with approved management plans.

Enquiries to FBIQS@wildcare.org.au



About Us - 5 Year Vision

  • To attract a lot of interest/visitation from local residents, tourists, speciality groups i.e. Artists, writers, photographers, school groups, walkers, bird watchers, nature lovers.
  • Site used to educate young people. Opportunity to widen the school groups that visit beyond the Channel.
  • Enhanced interpretation. Ability for self guided walks.
  • Interpretative material on the website.
  • Perhaps the establishment of a plant nursery – possums willing! Also use the site for training young people in useful skills.
  • The site held in high regard with a sense of ownership and appreciation of the values. The site to become part of Bruny – not a separate area not to be visited Public come as times other than Open Days – more Open Days. Historical connection with D’entrecastreaux made. Connection with Germany.
  • Site open every Sunday on summer weekends. Buildings made safe, repaired/maintained. Interpretation enhanced and supported by volunteer caretakers.
  • Having a program of volunteer caretakers leads to more stories about the site being heard. Objects from the site come forward that add to the interest/publicity for the site.
  • Like to see the place well known, loved and appreciated by the public. An enthusiastic public support base will ensure the ongoing protection of the site. Apathy is the danger.


  • Heritage Interpretive Walk



    Working Bees

    The first working bee was at the Doctor's House on Sunday 20th November, 2011. We have working bees when required usually planned ahead to fall on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Come and see what we are up to and give us a helping hand and your ideas for the station. New members are always welcome.

    If travelling from the mainland, members catch the 9:30 ferry from Kettering, and meet on site for a cuppa, before starting on a list of chores and aims for the day. They bring a picnic lunch, and we break about 12:30 and sit around and chat whilst eating. Children are welcome, but parents would need to keep an eye on them.
    No dogs allowed as it is a Park Reserve.



    Bruny Quarantine Station Volunteer Caretaker Program

    The Quarantine Station Volunteer Caretaker Program on Bruny Island provides opportunities for volunteers to enjoy living on a peninsula extending into Barnes Bay in a heritage listed cottage originally built for the Medical Superintendent in 1884.

    Volunteer Caretakers provide a physical presence at the Quarantine Station, open during summertime Thursday to Monday, 10.00am - 4.00pm, closed Tuesday and Wednsday. Open during wintertime Saturday and Sunday and public holidays.They provide visitor information about heriatge self-guided walk and other queries which may arise.

    See the Information and Application Form  for full details,



    Acknowledgements

    Bruny Island Community Association Website Hosting
    Rex Cox information about boats on signage
    Bill Cromer Site and Soil Evaluation Report
    Waste Water Management System Design
    Biosecurity Tasmania - DPIPWE Plant Quarantine Signage & Interpretive Advice
    Peter Boyer Graphic Design
    Reg Davis Website construction
    Bruce Kay National Archives of Australia (Hobart)
    Max & Elaine Lewis copy of painting by Audrey Williams of quarantine station for display
    Prof. Jim Reid Russell Young story
    Craig Searle Riot story
    Gordon Silver Boats in Bottles
    David Stowe Bird Photography
    Mhrylyn Hanson-Wallis van Dooren QR Codes
    John Wallace National Archives of Australia (Hobart)
    Tas Parks and Wildlife Service Bruny Island  
    Tas Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Region  
    Audrey Williams permission to use
    Allan Wilson Wilson story


    Donors

    Art at the Point donations from Art Exhibition held in March/April 2013
    Bruny Island Community Association $2500.00
    Bruny Island Cork Club slow combustion heater
    Lois Bury painted panels
    Christian Floor Covering vinyl donation
    Wayne & Karen Darby bricks
    Freeman Builders bricks
    General Public furniture and fittings
    Kitchenmade kitchen bench
    Hein Vandenburg electrical work
    Wildcare  
    John Williams kitchen cabinet


    Sponsors Bruny Island Science Fun Day



                    


    Adventure Bay Store Bruny Island Providor Huon Accounting
    Geeveston Primary School Stihl Shop Huonville Meredith's Orchard
    Mermaid Cafe Bruny Island Berry Farm Hotel Bruny
    L & S Doyle Geeveston Post Office Geeveston Visitor Centre
    Roberts Point Kiosk Bruny Island Smokehouse Alonnah Shop
    Franklin Marine D S Coffee House Huonville Hobart Cat Centre Margate


    Become a Member

    Are you a member of Wildcare?

    If not, join today at http://www.wildcaretas.org.au/ and follow the prompts.

    Tick your interest in Wildcare Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station to help build up our numbers, support our gaols, be notified of working bees, add your skills.

    Cost: $25.00 per annum