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QPWS Update

John Stewart, Senior Ranger – Fraser Island, QPWS

Lake McKenzie shoreline after initial infrastructure removal in August.

Lake McKenzie shoreline after initial infrastructure removal in August.

On the 15th of September, Ranger In Charge for Southern Fraser, Kim Fleischfresser, and I joined community members, including representatives of the Fraser Island Association and the Fraser Coast 4WD Club, for the OceanWatch clean up day.

Lake McKenzie shoreline after initial infrastructure removal in August.

Lake McKenzie shoreline after initial infrastructure removal in August.

Fifty people in total and 11 vehicles took to the beaches and creeks from Coolooloi Creek to Dilli Village. Five crews collected debris including large plastic items, drums, bottles and timber. Large items have been stacked for QPWS rangers to remove in the coming days. QPWS would like to thank OceanWatch, BMRG and all who participated in the day. We hope to support, organise or facilitate more of these events on a regular basis.

QPWS has continued to work with the Traditional Owners managing the K’gari campsite in developing the project to build a dingo fence for the site. Construction of this fence will greatly assist the management of dingoes in the area
and reduce the risk of aggressive incidents

which can place dingoes and people at risk. Discussion and planning has now progressed to a formal agreement between QPWS and the managers of the site to implement this project in the coming months.

Rangers have completed extensive work to remove inundated infrastructure from the foreshore of Lake McKenzie. This is in response to the lake’s sustained extremely- high water level. A large quantity of fencing, bollards, other timberwork and matting has been progressively removed over the last two months.