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ReefClean in Butchulla country

In early December last year, Butchulla Land and Sea rangers participated in a training day with ReefClean partners Conservation Volunteers Australia. A marine debris clean and audit was completed at Eli Creek, a popular local fishing spot and unfortunately a dumping ground for residential waste.

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Great Sandy National Park Wildfires

The wildfires that have affected much of Australia these past months didn’t spare the Great Sandy National Park either. Both the K’gari (Fraser Island) and Cooloola sections of the park experienced wildfire events during this time, including one wildfire on the island and five wildfires within Cooloola.

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Building Skills, Building Knowledge

When the Butchulla Land and Sea Ranger team expressed an interest in learning more about the water quality of K’gari’s streams and lakes, the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) had no hesitation in offering their assistance.

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FIDO Happy Valley Weed Trip

Six FIDO volunteers (Chris Breitenbach, Larry Hohenhaus, Geoff Carwardine, Sandra Naidoo, Navin Naidoo and Su Dawson) joined leader, Peter Shooter for the recent Happy Valley trip from 27 October to 2 November.  They also had the pleasure of the company of Jodie Rainbow, Genevieve Rainbow, Louise Roberts and Blayde Foley from the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation for three days, Tuesday to Thursday.

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Panel Session: K’gari (Fraser Island) Community, Culture and Collaboration Conference 2019

The final session at the 8th Biennial K’gari (Fraser Island) Conference was a Q&A forum.

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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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FINIA Profile: Jade Gould, Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation

Galangoor Djali (good day)

My name is Jade Gould; I have been newly elected to the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation Board of Directors.

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Getting Together on K’gari

FINIA was founded on K’gari in 2005 and meeting on the island at least once a year has become an important part of the group’s calendar.  Aside from the opportunity to spend some time looking at the issues and progress on-ground, it also provides an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the island, share knowledge, meet new partners and discuss approaches as we face emerging challenges – like myrtle rust and visitor management.  The 2019 trip, held on 7-8 May, was no exception. 

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Butchulla Land and Sea Rangers hit the ground running

On August 6th 2018 the Butchulla Land & Sea Rangers Program (BLSR) commenced working and caring for Butchulla country. (more…)

Sniffing out foxes on K’gari

QPWS has recently utilised the latest weapon in pest animal species management – sniffing out pest animal species that have the potential to severely impact island ecosystems like Fraser Island (K’gari).  Foxes are the most recent pest species to have been ‘captured’ on trail cameras installed on K’gari.  Foxes can compete with the island’s top native predator, the dingo, for food resources and have the potential to decimate the island’s threatened species such as ground parrot, marine turtle hatchlings, waders and small mammal species.  (more…)