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Training K’gari’s Future Rangers

FINIA would like to congratulate the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation’s Butchulla Land and Sea Rangers Trainees for recently completing their six-month Skilling Queenslanders for Work traineeships.

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Happy Valley weeds on the run, but the battle never ends!

Fraser Island Defenders Organisation (FIDO) started attacking weeds at Happy Valley as far back as 2006. Peter Shooter first went there with a group of volunteers from Greening Australia in 2006, under the leadership of Andrew Sinclair. He recalls removing vast amounts of Easter cassia (Senna pendula var. glabrata) and umbrella trees (Schefflera actinophylla) around the village.

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Butchulla Rangers and Trainees Helping K’gari Grow

FIDO’s February Bush Regeneration trip had a particular focus, hosting four Butchulla Conservation and Land management trainees, Jymara Burns, Sharneeka Doyle, Chase Chapman, Dakota Broome and their Supervisor Bob Broome.

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Early Colonisers After Fire

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

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Cooloola BioBlitz 2021

The Cooloola BioBlitz 2021 is coming up on 14-16 May with lots of new scientists and expert enthusiasts joining the wonderful array of Team Leaders.

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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.

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Restocking the Eurong Nursery

Did you know that FIDO has a native plant nursery on K’gari?

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The John Sinclair Memorial Lecture 2020

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Inaugural John Sinclair Memorial Lecture

A year after losing Fearless Leader and friend of Fraser Island (K’gari), Dr John Sinclair AO, his legacy continues through the work of FIDO and the members of FINIA. 

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Bernie Shakeshaft, Australia’s 2020 Local Hero

Over the years, K’gari has attracted some pretty special characters.  One of these, Bernie Shakeshaft, who works with at-risk teenagers in Armidale to help them on the path towards employment and further education and training, has been named this year’s Australian Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards.

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