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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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Moving Towards Eradication – Bitou Bush

Linda Behrendorff (QPWS) has co-authored a paper with Stacy Harris (Biosecurity Queensland) and Ian Muirhead on the bitou bush eradication project on K’gari – Fraser Island, which was recently published in the journal Ecological Restoration and Management. (more…)

Great Sandy Marine Park Zoning Plan Opportunities

After 12 years, the Great Sandy Marine Park Zoning Plan is finally being reviewed.

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K’gari (Fraser Island) Royal Visit

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited K’gari on 22 October 2018 to formally unveil a plaque dedicating the forests of K’gari to the Queens Commonwealth Canopy.  (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…)

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…)

K’gari’s Great Plant Giveaway

In July, in a collaborative effort facilitated by FINIA, the Great Plant Giveaway was held at Eurong.  It offered stock raised in Eurong’s QPWS nursery by FIDO volunteers to be used by island property owners.  It was made clear that no plants could be removed from the island. (more…)

Pandanus Leaf Stripping – a Caring for Country Project

Queensland Parks and Wildlife recently engaged the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation to conduct a leaf-stripping project on K’gari (Fraser Island). Teams of three Butchulla community rangers, with the assistance of a Bunya Ranger, travelled to K’gari and received training in the identification of Jamella leafhopper, leafhopper egg rafts and leaf stripping methods.  (more…)

Draft Great Sandy Management Plan

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) developed the Values-Based Management Framework (VBMF), an adaptive management process, to manage the state’s diverse protected area estate. (more…)

Seasonal Migration… and those that stay

It’s that time again! The humpback whale annual migration is heading south and the marine turtle courting and breeding season begins – ­where adult courting males and nesting females return to their birthplace from areas hundreds of kilometres abroad.

While these migratory breeding cycles increase whale and turtle populations, sadly, some individuals remain and become part of the island’s food-web providing extra sustenance for terrestrial scavengers including the island’s apex predators. (more…)