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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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Protecting the Turtles of Sandy Cape

Sandy Cape Lighthouse Volunteer Group is pleased to announce that their “Nest to Ocean” (N2O) project (Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science DES) is well underway.

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Turtle Nest Relocation – Sandy Cape

Hatchlings scurrying to the water

Hatchlings scurrying to the water

Turtle nest relocation gallery.

Loggerhead nests are relocated into 4 “dingo proof” hatching pens that are situated back from possible erosion.

Between 60 and 100 nests are relocated each year, which translates to between 6000 and 7000 eggs which dingoes and sea erosion cannot destroy.

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Sandy Cape Lighthouse

Erosion caused by recent severe low Oswald at Sandy Cape lighthouse gate.

Erosion caused by recent severe low Oswald at Sandy Cape lighthouse gate.

Don & Lesley Bradley – Sandy Cape Lighthouse Conservation Association 

Background Sandy Cape Lighthouse Station consists of the old lighthouse precincts with 2 fully equipped cottages, workshop, office, radio tower (used by police, VMR, Telstra, DERM/QPWS), generator shed, bunded fuel supply depot, bunded chemical shed, garage, stables, solar cells, weather station AND in the middle of all of this, a great big lighthouse which is managed by AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority). (more…)