Friends of Melaleuca

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Friends of Melaleuca is a volunteer group that forms part of the broader Wildcare network.  The group was formed in 2009 to care for the natural and cultural heritage of Melaleuca and to provide educational activities and information to the general public.

Members of the group have a long and close association with Melaleuca, and saw that without intervention, much of the cultural heritage would be lost. The group holds annual working bees on site and meet regularly for discussion and planning.

Melaleuca lies within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is part of the South West National Park.  Melaleuca was a small and remote tin-mining settlement for seventy-five years from the 1930s, and has a rich history, unusual in that there was, and still is, no road access. The work, lifestyle and the built environment are characterised by improvisation and ingenuity necessitated by difficult access.

The historic interest of the site has been recognised with its permanent listing on the State Heritage Register.   With support from the Tasmanian Community Fund, the Parks and Wildlife Service and volunteers, the Friends of Melaleuca have been able to open a heritage museum within the Visitor Services Site to interpret the pioneer and mining history, remote area living and natural environment around Melaleuca in far south west Tasmania.