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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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FINIA is all about Helping Hands

Late last year, FINIA joined the University of Queensland’s Cane Toad Challenge (CTC).

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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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Weedspotting is Fun!

Queensland Herbarium’s Senior Ecologist, Dr Melinda Laidlaw led the FINIA Weedspotter Workshop held at the Maryborough Town Hall in November 2020. Fourteen FINIA and community members joined Mel for her two-hour introduction to weed spotting. 

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Butchulla Work Ready Trainees: Skilling Queenslanders for Work

In October, six new trainees started with the Butchulla Land and Sea Rangers under their Butchulla Work Ready Trainee Program. Dwayne (Bob) Broome will supervise the team who have been employed for 24 weeks.

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Have you got what it takes to be a Weed Spotter?

The cost of weeds to Australian agriculture now exceeds $4 billion per year. No estimate has been made of the cost of weeds to the environment, but environmental biosecurity is a rapidly developing area.  Prevention and early intervention are the most cost-effective means of dealing with potential, new and emerging weeds in Queensland.

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Great Sandy Strait Shorebird Course

The Great Sandy Strait (the GSS) is a Ramsar site and an internationally significant site for shorebirds. For many years, QWSG has conducted regular shorebird surveys in the GSS.

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ReefClean in Butchulla country

In early December last year, Butchulla Land and Sea rangers participated in a training day with ReefClean partners Conservation Volunteers Australia. A marine debris clean and audit was completed at Eli Creek, a popular local fishing spot and unfortunately a dumping ground for residential waste.

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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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Butchulla Land and Sea Ranger Training – Part 2

The partnership between the Butchulla Land and Sea Rangers (BLSRs), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and the World Heritage Unit within the Department of Environment and Science (DES) is continuing to strengthen.

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