Michael Lowe, Environmental Services / Cooloola Coastcare Association Incorporated
Work has now begun to replace a host of exotic plant species at Eurong with locally sourced and grown indigenous native species from the Island. The project funded by the Australian Government Caring for our Country, will be managed by the Fraser Island Defender’s Organisation on behalf of FINIA.
To date, materials have been purchased for the FINIA nursery located at Eurong Ranger station to enable 2,000 plants to be raised for the project. Of these, 1,000 plants will be allocated to replacing weeds from natural areas around Eurong township with a further 1,000 plants being made available to residents and landholders to encourage the replacement of exotic species growing mainly in private gardens.
A local native vegetation specialist has been engaged for the project to
assist with seed collection, propagation and stock management at the
nursery. FIDO will also organise and run three ‘weed replacement’ trips to
Eurong with teams of up to 9 volunteers staying for a week at a time. The
dates for these trips are listed in “Dates for the Diary” towards the end of this newsletter. The next trip is running from 14 to 20 October – please get in touch with Michael Lowe if you would like to participate.
FIDO weeding teams will also be available to assist landholders wishing to remove exotic plants from their properties, landholders interested in taking up this offer of assistance can contact Michael Lowe on 0412 119 719
Plants that have been removed can be replaced with free local native species from the FINIA Nursery. To place an order for plants contact Lou Coles at firstname.lastname@example.org