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Four experienced and well-respected organisations have signed-on with QPWS to deliver an expanded volunteer program in about 50 parks and forests across Queensland until June 2015.
Under new Friends of Parks contracts, more than 20 part-time co-ordinators will be employed to recruit, train and manage volunteers for an estimated 68,000 hours of exciting new volunteer and voluntourism projects that assist front-line management of parks. (more…)
By John Sinclair, Fraser Island Defenders Organisation
For almost two decades there has been obvious evidence of sediment flowing off the roads and creating alluvial plumes in places on Fraser Island. This became of increasing concern to FIDO and in 2012 we were given permission to install monitoring devices to try to assess the extent of this sediment deposition. The early results of monitoring has already raised some concerns about some impacts on Fraser Island’s natural integrity.
Fraser Island Natural Integrity Alliance (FINIA) was formed after a 2-day workshop on Fraser Island’s weeds and pests facilitated by the Burnett Mary Regional Group for NRM in December 2005. Participants included the State Government, Fraser Island Defenders Organisation, National Parks Association of Queensland (represented by the late George Haddock), the Cooperative Research Centre for Weed Management, Hervey Bay City Council, Sandy Cape Lighthouse Conservation Association and the Traditional Owners of Fraser Island, the Butchulla people.
During the workshop, it became clear that issues relating to land tenure were affecting the ability to address natural resource management issues in the World Heritage Area and that greater collaboration was needed. At the end of the workshop, the participants formed the Fraser Island Natural Integrity Alliance (FINIA) to address issues that were threatening the future sustainability of Fraser Island’s natural environment.
Although the Alliance’s initial focus was weeds and pests – with a full time Weeds and Pest Management Officer employed the University of the Sunshine Coast for a period of 3 years to develop and deliver the Landscape Weed Management Plan for Fraser Island (2008-11), it has expanded its activities to include vegetation, sediment, marine turtle and even dingo scat monitoring and broader community engagement through demonstration gardens (using plants endemic to Fraser Island).
FINIA has grown (and continues to expand) attracting several new partners, all committed to maintaining and improving the Island’s natural integrity. The Alliance is also supported by Queensland & Parks and Wildlife Service (by a 0.3FTE).
FINIA is a means to bring stakeholders together to implement common goals with respect to often differing organisational objectives, in a proactive and respectful manner.
Volunteering with FINIA gives you new experiences! Going to places that are right off the beaten track. Keeping an eye on the health of Fraser Island. Making a real difference to the future of this beautiful place.
All in a day’s work for our volunteers.
Check out our Events Calendar for volunteer opportunities
Use the contact form below or email us to find out more.
Become a Member Organisation
Membership of FINIA is open to any organisation that is committed to sustaining the natural integrity of Fraser Island. There are no membership fees and new groups are encouraged to join us at one of our quarterly meetings.
Whilst FINIA does not have any individual members, we would be delighted to liaise with individual volunteers to identify opportunities for your participation.
For information on becoming a FINIA member use the contact form or email us.
Want to participate, but really can’t spare the time? There are lots of ways that you can help FINIA with your support from assisting with the purchase of fuel to get our volunteers around to purchasing equipment or chemicals.
- $20 would raise 10 plants in our nursery
- $50 will pay for fuel for a vehicle for 1 day
- $120 will pay for 20 litres of glyphosate
- $2,500 will pay for a week’s weeding by a group of volunteers.
Perhaps you have a skill that you’d like to donate? Our wonderful logo was designed for us by Jarray Create, but do you have a another skill that you think we need?
If you have some ideas or would like to help us run one of our projects by making a contribution, please get in touch.
Fraser Island is an island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Brisbane. Its length is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) and its width is approximately 24 kilometres. It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992. The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km² It is also Queensland’s largest island, Australia’s sixth largest island and the largest island on the East Coast of Australia.
The island has rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths. It is made up of sand that has been accumulating for approximately 750,000 years on volcanic bedrock that provides a natural catchment for the sediment which is carried on a strong offshore current northwards along the coast. Unlike many sand dunes, plant life is abundant due to the naturally occurring mycorrhizal fungi present in the sand, which release nutrients in a form that can be absorbed by the plants. Fraser Island is home to a small number of mammal species, as well as a diverse range of birds, reptiles and amphibians, including the occasional saltwater crocodile. The island is part of the Fraser Coast Region and protected in the Great Sandy National Park.
Click to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site and read the statement of Outstanding Universal Values which lead to Fraser Island being inscribed on the World Heritage register.