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Funding applications for state government pest management projects were recently approved for the Great Sandy National Park.

Ranger Blair O’Connor with recently located Bitou bush

Ranger Blair O’Connor with recently located Bitou bush

The annual funding for 2015 will assist in the control of a number of priority pest species between Cooloola and Fraser Island that threaten coastal dune vegetation along Australia’s east coast. These species can outcompete and in many cases totally replace native flora by invading undisturbed as well as disturbed areas, and in some cases can create a favourable environment for other highly invasive weeds.

Newly funded projects that will add to the work already done by rangers will include a Giant Rat’s-tail Grass Control Program around Central Station, Dundubara and other specific visitor areas, and a Guinea Grass Control Program for the Hook Point Inland road and Cooloola.

Pandanus Jamella infestation near Yidney bypass

Pandanus Jamella infestation near Yidney bypass

Ongoing funding has also been approved for existing priority projects on Fraser Island, such as the:

  • Pandanus Jamella Survey and Control Program
  • Bitou (still the only recorded Class 1 pest on Fraser Island and a Weed of National Significance)
  • Sisal Hemp Control Program for Bogimbah Cultural Heritage area
  • Cassia around Happy Valley (to continue the collaborative control program).

These projects will provide ongoing opportunities for collaboration, as contractors and volunteers will continue to be sought to assist QPWS with this important work.

Submitted by L. Behrendorff RIC NRM, Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service

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