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In the Spirit of Cooperation

It’s been a good season for weeds on Fraser Island. Some heavy falls of rain in June with regular showers for the rest of the month and into early July. Then the sun came out to encourage growth.

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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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A plant out of place – the Beach Almond

A weed, they say, is a plant out of place.  Well, the Beach almond (Terminalia catappa) a.k.a. Indian almond or Tropical almond is out of place on Fraser Island.  (more…)

The future of waste on K’gari

Since the last FINIA meeting, the Fraser Coast Regional Council has been dealing with submissions on the Future of Fraser Island Waste.  FINIA and FIDO both made submissions with long-term resident, David Anderson representing FINIA at the Council’s Fraser Coast Future Waste Forums held on K’gari.  (more…)

The Great Easter Cassia Blitz of 2018!

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 Tale of a Drunk Dingo!

We know that dingoes eat figs to supplement their diet. But what happens when they have a belly-full of fermenting fruit?  Can they over-imbibe and become inebriated like the parrots?  It seems they can. They might stagger around a bit, but at least they don’t fall out of trees! (more…)

We need you for the Easter Cassia Blitz!

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Flowing Easter Cassia

29th April to 5th May 2018

Fraser Island Defenders Organisation (FIDO), Fraser Island Natural Integrity Alliance (FINIA) and the Fraser Island Association (FIA) are collaborating on a joint assault on Easter Cassia when it is in full flower and easier to locate.

Additional volunteers are invited to join this program register Email John Sinclair or sign on at the Happy Valley sign shelter at 7.00 am Monday to Friday 30 April to 4 May.

 

 

Easter Cassia is easiest to locate when it is flowering. This Joint blitz aims at reducing the worst infestation on Fraser Island (K’gari)

Where Have All The Birds Gone?

In the last FINIA newsletter, FIDO’s John Sinclair raised concerns about the apparent diminishing number of birds on Fraser Island.  He points to the evidence provided by a group of bird watchers who recorded 65 species of birds in a trip across the island in a 24-hour period in November 1968.  John said that over five days at Easter on the island this year he managed to see or hear only 20 species through the bush and on the beach.

John asked the question: where have the island’s birds gone? Without being too smart, I could say … to the Anderson bird baths at Eurong. (more…)

A little landscaping improves the natural integrity

Back in 2011, FINIA had a dilemma about how to use the nursery-raised plants using island genetic stock that needed planting out.  It was resolved to plant them at the western entrance to Eurong as a demonstration garden.  (more…)

FINIA Meeting held on Fraser Island (K’gari)

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…)