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Quarantine – it’s more than just weeds!

I always thought I was fairly environmentally aware, but recently I have had my eyes opened to more than the issue introducing weeds to K’gari.  When not in use, FIDO’s Land Cruiser is stored in Brisbane.  I was shocked when I went down to put stuff in it that it was crawling with ants.

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Give yourself a Weed Workout: Brazilian Cherry

Brazillian Cherry (Eugenia uniflora), an environmental weed, is a medium height shrub native to South America, Brazilian Cherry has a dense rounded habit with oval leaves, pointed tips and red new growth.  It grows 3-6m tall and forms dense stands outcompeting native plants. (more…)

Bitou Bush Surveillance UAV trial

Bitou bush has the ability to out compete and smother native coastal dune vegetation.  Infestations within the Great Sandy National Park have been dramatically reduced since the 1980’s, with only isolated plants being found in the field today.

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Fraser Island Pandanus Rescue

Joel Fostin has launched Fraser Island’s first ever crowd-sourcing campaign. Can you help?

Fraser Island (K’Gari) has suffered catastrophic losses. Up to 50% of the east coast’s Pandanus have perished (approximately 50,000 plants).  A further 20% are likely perish without intervention within the next two months. Preserving the remaining Pandanus is crucial for successful natural regeneration, and vital for the many species of wildlife that rely on them for food and habitat.  The Pandanus on Fraser Island (K’Gari) need help right now.   (more…)

New Biosecurity Act

As of 1 July, a new Biosecurity Act now encompasses the previous Land Protection Act. Focused on risk-based management and on the likelihood and consequences of the risk of spread, this broader Act will continue the management of invasive plants and animals throughout Queensland.  All Queenslanders, individuals and organisations have a general biosecurity obligation to take reasonable steps to report and ensure they do not spread a pest, disease or contaminants. (more…)

Fraser Island Native Planting Guide

This handy planting guide has been developed to assist landholders and land managers on Fraser Island in selecting local native plant species for use in gardens and landscaping.

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Myrtle Rust

Myrtle rust on Rhodamnia spp. foliage. (Photo: Courtesy of Biosecurity Queensland)

Myrtle rust on Rhodamnia spp. foliage. (Photo: Courtesy of Biosecurity Queensland)

Myrtle rust is a fungal disease that affects plants in the Myrtaceae family (including eucalypts, bloodwoods, bottlebrushes, paperbarks, tea trees, lilly pillies and water gums). The disease is spread by wind, human activity and animals. (more…)