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In July, in a collaborative effort facilitated by FINIA, the Great Plant Giveaway was held at Eurong. It offered stock raised in Eurong’s QPWS nursery by FIDO volunteers to be used by island property owners. It was made clear that no plants could be removed from the island. (more…)
The idea of a Blitz near Happy Valley while the Easter Cassia (Senna pendula var. glabrata) was flowering might have been my idea. However, the credit for the success of the Cassia Blitz goes to FIDO’s John Sinclair and Peter Shooter who organised the week-long event and to BMRG (Burnett Mary Regional Group) who funded it. (more…)
The March 2017 FINIA meeting, which was on held on Fraser Island, provided an excellent opportunity for the members of FINIA to see first-hand the work being undertaken on the island by teams of FIDO volunteers (supported by BMRG through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme), the Fraser Island Association [FIA], and the Fraser Coast Regional Council with the support of Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service. (more…)
Community assistance is needed to find out where our frogs are living from Burrum Heads south to Peregian and west to Conondale Range, Kilkivan and Mt Walsh. Frogs are a vital component of ecosystems and can be good indicators of environmental health. But they are in trouble world-wide due to habitat loss, pollution and disease and we need to know more about where they are. (more…)
How can you prove that a group is more than just the sum of its parts? This is one of the questions the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) recently posed when asked what their organisation contributes and how their sustained support can actually enhance delivery through regional partnerships?
To answer the question, FINIA members participating in the Tenth Anniversary Workshop on Fraser Island were asked to reflect on what 10 years of FINIA had meant to them for the delivery of programs on Fraser Island (K’gari).
Their responses were recorded by Luke Barrowcliffe of GoorieVision (also a FINIA collaborator) and are currently being edited into a 5-minute promotional video (case study) about the Fraser Island Natural Integrity Alliance, its origin and activities.
FINIA was formed following a BMRG Weeds Workshop held on Fraser Island in 2005 and has received continual support from the BMRG for a period of 10 years.
So, is the sum greater than its parts? Well, without wanting to spoil the video, it was pretty clear that all the interviewees believed that FINIA had improved collaboration and cooperation and made a huge contribution to delivery on Fraser Island.
The video, which will be released shortly, will be made available on the BMRG and FINIA websites. So watch that space!
A big thank you to everyone involved in the production, including Ross Peddlesden who provided the professional voiceover for the video, and our amazingly talented cast.
Sue Sargent, Burnett Mary Regional Group
An innovative scientific trial using cane toads’ own defense mechanism (bufo toxin) against their own spawn could bring about the eradication of these pests from Fraser Island. (more…)
Lower Mary River Land & Catchment Care Group (LMRL&CCG) undertakes a number of projects that help manage threats to Fraser Island via the islands and adjacent mainland of the Great Sandy Strait (Round Island, Big Woody Island – Middle Bluff Lighthouse and Jeffrey’s Beach, Little Woody Island, Picnic Island, Duck Island), Fay Smith Wetlands and Hervey Bay foreshore. Since the November FINIA meeting, the team has been very busy.
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.
Thinking about getting involved on Fraser Island, then why not join one of our organised trips with either FIDO or CVA? To get a feel of what you might experience during a week long volunteer trip check out John Sinclair’s Diary from his recent trip to Fraser Island. (more…)
FINIA has led a number of communication initiatives over the years – starting with our Weed Information Shelters at Happy Valley and Eurong and the notice board at Orchid Beach. These were designed to provide a community space as well as information about some of the worst weed threats and our efforts to control them. (more…)