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Cooloola BioBlitz – Rainbow Beach May 13, 14 and 15

What is a Bioblitz? A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying aiming to record the living species within a designated area.

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Happy Valley’s Weeds Are On The Run

The long-awaited clean-up of the weed-infested Happy Valley Central Dune area has started with a bang.

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FINIA Tour of K’gari

Fraser Island Natural Integrity Alliance (FINIA) is justifiably proud of its status as an inclusive alliance of stakeholders who share an interest in that wonderful sand island off Hervey Bay and Rainbow Beach (increasingly known by its Butchulla name of K’gari).

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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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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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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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Feature Pest: Mossman River Grass

Mossman river grass or Mossman burr (Cenchrus echinatusis) is an invasive plant native to Central America and southern North America. It prefers sandy soils including at the beach, footpaths, roadsides, lawns, parks and disturbed areas – so K’gari provides some perfect habitat.

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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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Mission Biosecurity is LIVE!

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has teamed up with Costa Georgiadis of Gardening Australia and our colleagues in New South Wales and around Australia to bring you Mission Biosecurity!

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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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