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The Importance of Monitoring

By John Sinclair, Fraser Island Defenders Organisation

trackFor 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.

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Better Beaches Training

Photo: Alana Kippers

Photo: Alana Kippers

This project builds on a previous initiative conducted by the Burnett Mary Regional Group and CQ University in 2007-8 to develop a Code of Practice for 4WDs on foreshores (primarily to protect turtles and shorebirds).

The Code was a highly successful engagement tool developed by regional 4WD clubs and non-club 4wders. The activity also empowered the participants with a new function, that of stewardship for the natural resources that they enjoy in this popular pastime.  (more…)