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Focus on Finding the Five

A further focus on fighting five species of tropical invasive plants is heralded with the approval of a three-year response plan by the National Management Group as part of the National Tropical Weeds Eradication Program

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Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer Update

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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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Fraser Coast Local Law Review

Under the Local Government Act 2009, local government is authorised to make and enforce any local law “that is necessary or convenient for the good rule and local government of its area.”

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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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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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Prevent-A-Pest: Senegalia insuavis (cha-om)

A native of India, Burma and possibly Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, cha-om was first recorded in Queensland in 2001 near Innisfail. To date, it has mainly been recorded in gardens.

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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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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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