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What did we learn? The K’gari Bushfire Review

In late May, the Inspector-General Emergency Management’s review report and the government’s response to the K’gari (Fraser Island) bushfires were tabled in State Parliament. The government response states that all 38 of the report’s recommendations were supported or supported in principle.


Early Colonisers After Fire

A small group of FIDO members visited K’gari in mid-January to see the impact of the fire.


Post-fire Recovery – QPWS Monitoring Program

Field assessment of the impact of the K’gari wildfire on ecological values, particularly vegetation communities, was undertaken from 31 January to 12 February by the Department of Environment and Science ecologists, local Rangers, and Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation staff.


Community Views to Help Inform Bushfire Review

The views and experiences of community members, businesses and tourist operators are being sought as part of a review underway into recent bushfire events on K’gari (Fraser Island).


K’gari (Fraser Island) – the fire and the aftermath

On 14 October, campers in the Ngkala Rocks vicinity left an unextinguished campfire at their campsite in the North of the Island. A raging South Easter was blowing. The coals reignited, fanned by the wind, and the fire spread into the adjacent vegetation. That was the start of the calamity.


Detecting Vulnerable Ground Parrots After Wildfires

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service & Partnerships (QPWS&P) Natural Resource Management Rangers, and Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation Community Ranger Bobbie, recently redeployed acoustic sound recorders into the burnt and unburnt country on western K’gari, to detect the presence (or absence) of the vulnerable eastern ground parrot (Pezoporus wallicus).


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.


Rangers Burning Learning

Queensland Parks and Wildfire Service, Coastal and Islands region recently conducted their annual fire management workshop at Rainbow Beach.  The annual fire refresher training programme was attended by staff working across the Great Sandy National Park (K’gari and Cooloola) and Marine Parks in the Great Sandy Area, with a traditional Welcome to Country delivered by Mr Boyd Blackman. (more…)

Firebreak Upgrades – a Critical Interface Zone

A state-wide ‘I-zone’ initiative for the protection of ‘at risk’ private infrastructure on boundary interfaces with QPWS tenure provided funding for a review of the current firebreaks on Fraser Island (K’gari).