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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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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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Feature Pest: Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

Native to some parts of tropical western Africa (i.e. Zaire and northern Nigeria), mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata) is regarded as an environmental weed in Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, and as a “sleeper weed” in other parts of Australia.

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Myrtle Rust Update

In August, the Butchulla Land and Sea Rangers (BLSR), Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers (ILSR), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and Department of Environment and Science (DES) participated in a myrtle rust field trip on K’gari.

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