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Citizen Scientists for K’gari

Twenty-one recipients have been awarded a Queensland Citizen Science Grant, with more than $580,000 funding committed over three years to help increase Queenslanders’ participation in citizen science. 

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Update on FIDO’s Weed Eradication Program – Happy Valley

Between 9 and 15 June, 2019, FIDO’s Bush Regeneration Program again targeted Happy Valley.  Coming from all over Southern Queensland, the group’s volunteers split into two teams and put in over 140 hours of hard work over the week.   

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In the Spirit of Cooperation

It’s been a good season for weeds on Fraser Island. Some heavy falls of rain in June with regular showers for the rest of the month and into early July. Then the sun came out to encourage growth.

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Snake-A-LIVE!!

Working and living on K’gari offers various unique opportunities for wildlife encounters. 

The sad and sorry end for this spotted python
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Butchulla Land and Sea Ranger Biosecurity Training

In May, the four Butchulla Land and Sea Rangers along with Conway Burns and Chantel Van Wamelen undertook Biosecurity training in conjunction with the Department of Agricultural and Fisheries forest health staff. Presenters included Suzy Perry, Janet McDonald, Louise Shuey and Geoff Pegg.

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Preparing for the Biennial K’gari (Fraser Island) Conference

One area where there has been a huge amount of collaboration is the upcoming 8th Biennial K’gari (Fraser Island) Conference.  The conferences, which were initiated by FIDO in 2004, are unique in the World Heritage space, and have been an excellent tool for stakeholders and researchers to share knowledge and information about K’gari. 

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Help needed: Stinking Passion Flower

Dr Bruce Webber is seeking some assistance with a weed project that the CSIRO is running on stinking passionflower (Passiflora foetida).  The research program is looking to improve control options for stinking passionflower with the view to developing a biological control solution. 

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Zero Chemical K’gari Happy Valley Report

Between November and March, another three teams and workshops were held at Happy Valley with FCRC staff and Fraser Coast Regional Council Community Environment Program (CEP) community volunteers.

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FIDO’s Weed Eradication Program Happy Valley

FIDO has been involved in weed eradication at Happy Valley since the early 2000s.  An intensive program commenced in March 2004, involving four, week-long weeding excursions per year. These trips usually involve from 5 to 12 volunteers.

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Eurong Native Plant Nursery

The Native Plant nursery at Eurong was an initiative of FIDO’s, John Sinclair, in collaboration with QPWS. John saw the need for the residents to replace their introduced plants with locally sourced and grown Fraser Island plants.

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