Windermere Church Forever

About Our Group

WCF Inc – Windermere Church Forever Incorporated – is a group of Tamar Valley residents whose goal is to ensure the long term future of St Matthias’ Church at Windermere, Tasmania as a community asset.

We formed originally as a result of the scheme imposed by the Anglican Church Diocese of Tasmania to address the issue of the victims of child abuse receiving redress (arising from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse). The need for WCF to help raise money for redress has now passed, with the announcement on December 1, 2018, that St Matthias’ had been removed from the Synod’s list of properties proposed to be sold. See: Churches Saved.

However, despite the redress target being met, the Anglican Church of Tasmania has made it clear that a viable long-term future for Windermere Church depends overwhelmingly on continued community involvement.

WCF aims to raise money over the longer term to keep the Church as a community asset (should it be offered for sale in the future) and, if deemed necessary by the WCF Committee, contribute funds towards the preservation of the church and grounds.

All money raised will be held in trust, solely for the future of St Matthias’ Church and independently of the Tasmanian Anglican Diocese.

WCF will work with the Parish, the local community and state and local governments to ensure a sustainable future for the church and its grounds.

WCF funds will only be passed on to the Parish if they are to be used for these aims.

Please help us ensure the preservation of Windermere Church for its iconic heritage & community values for future generations.

Please help us keep Windermere Church forever.

To make a donation: Donate

To become a member of WCF: Download our Membership Application Form.

Note: This section “About Our Group” updated 4 June, 2024

St Matthias’ and the Community

All residents of the Tamar Valley – whether churchgoers or not, whether from Windermere, Swan Bay, Hillwood, Dilston, the West Tamar – have a stake in St Matthias’ future. As do those in the rest of Tasmania and Australia.

The church is an award winning heritage building, in a beautiful location, with graves dating from the 1840s and an active columbarium wall. This iconic building, graveyard and site is part of many people’s daily lives. It is also a major historic tourist attraction.

Like many other rural Anglican churches, the land and building at Windermere were gifted to the community in perpetuity. The church and grounds have been maintained by the community since 1843. The graves and niches contain the remains of ancestors and loved ones of many in the community.

We believe that a plan for the church’s future must, as a minimum, ensure protection of the integrity of the current historic building and site, the graveyard and vegetation, unobstructed views from the river and roads, and continued public access to the entire property. Given an assured future, funds would be used consistent with the approved Conservation Management Plan for the property.

Fundraising, Donations and Membership

WCF, as an independent group recognised by but not affiliated with the Parish, provides an avenue whereby the community can contribute to Windermere Church’s long term existence as a community asset without contributing directly to the Church.

WCF will raise money through fundraising activities and by direct donations.

The group has received official approval from the Tasmanian Department of Justice to solicit for charitable purposes. The group is officially an incorporated association under the Department of Justice,  incorporation number IA12311 .

WCF will not hand over any funds without sufficient and on-going assurance from the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania for its support of St Matthias’ in the long term.

However, it is recognised that the future of Windermere Church must be a cooperative effort between the Church and the community. It is anticipated that some of the fundraising activities and events arranged will be jointly organised by the Parish and WCF.

Through our fundraising or by direct donation or by joining WCF as a member, you can help to ensure the future of St Matthias’ in a way that is acceptable to the community and to society in general.

Please help us ensure the future of Windermere Church forever.

Donations to WCF are not tax deductible, however, we anticipate they will be later in 2024.

To make a donation: Donate

To become a member: Download our Membership Application Form.

Contact Us


Phone: (61) 0419 544 266
Postal Address: 165 Windermere Road, East Tamar, Tasmania, 7252

To make a donation: Donate

To become a member: Download our Membership Application Form.

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Any kind of support, including professional support and volunteers, would be greatly appreciated.

George and Jenny Chandler: Residents of Windermere since 1967.

June and David Burnet: Residents of Windermere since 2012.

Fiona Ferguson: Resident of Windermere since 2005.

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