Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / TAS / Arthur and Marianne’s Refuge

Marianne and Arthur Heynemann are the owners of a property located on King Island. The property is a dedicated flora and fauna sanctuary and residence, with a home area of approximately 1.62 hectares. Marianne and Arthur have several conservation related intents for the sanctuary, including natural revegetation through exclusion zones, rehabilitation of access tracks and roadside verges, and the reestablishment of rare and endangered flora species. The sanctuary is protected on title in-perpetuity by a Conservation Covenant with the Tasmanian Government under Section 34 of the Nature Conservation Act, 2002.

The property covers 155.73 hectares predominantly comprised of King Island shrub complex, which features a canopy of wattles (Acacia mucronata), necklace she-oaks (Allocasuarina monilifera), silver banksias (Banksia marginata), manukas (Leptospermum scoparium) and golden wood (Monotoca glauca). Other vegetation types found on the sanctuary are King Island Eucalypt woodland, with a canopy of manna gum (Eucalyptus viminalis), and Tasmanian bluegum (Eucalyptus globulus) forest.

Examples of wildlife species known to occur on the property include short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), Bennett’s wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus), Tasmanian pademelons (Thylogale billardierii), swamp antechinus (Antechinus minimus), brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula), ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and eastern pygmy (Cercartetus nanus) possums, green rosellas (Platycercus caledonicus), yellow wattlebirds (Anthochaera paradoxa), white-bellied sea eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster), and dusky robins (Melanodryas vittata).