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Can we use COVID-19 to improve ecological restoration practice?

There is always wisdom to be gained by observing and listening to Nature – even a virus epidemic.

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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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Notes from Sandy Cape Lighthouse

When you are a volunteer caretaker at Sandy Cape Lighthouse, your notebook tends to look a little different to a regular diary of appointments and reminders.   

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K’gari Biosecurity Officer Appointed

Environmental Biosecurity is rapidly emerging as an important field as Australia starts to count not only the economic impacts of weeds to agriculture but also our natural environment – particularly high-value conservation areas like our World Heritage sites. 

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K’gari to Become a Beacon of Best Practice in Environmental Biosecurity

Much of the effort of K’gari custodians and managers is dedicated to controlling the damage of invasive species that have established in the past, including myrtle rust, foxes, cats, and bitou bush.

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PEST WATCH ALERT: Yellow Crazy Ant

The yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) is listed as one of the top 100 worst invasive species by the IUCN and the Global Invasive Species Database.

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Fraser Coast Regional Council Biosecurity Team Update

Unfortunately, the Biosecurity Team will not be on K’gari this May, due to the COVID-19 as Council’s social distance is 3 metres. Even the prescribed 1.5m distance can’t be met in a vehicle, so there is no chance of Council being able to take four vehicles over or even sending two staff with two vehicles.

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Zero Chemical K’gari FCRC Community Environment Program

Rain, frogs, flowers, butterflies and a semi-retired British Colombian species-at-risk biologist!

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In it for the long term – the Sandy Cape Lighthouse Weeding Program

Lighthouse keepers manned Sandy Cape Lighthouse between 1870 and 1997. Like many lighthouses in remote locations, supplies came in, but nothing left the site, with rubbish dumped ‘over the hill.’  With only tank water, hardy plants were introduced by keepers. Many of these survived and escaped, spreading out over 1Km radius.

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Weed Watch Alert: Peruvian Primrose

Native to South America, Peruvian primrose (Ludwigia peruviana) is a small shrub that has become a serious pest weed in wetlands around Sydney. Peruvian primrose has not yet been found in Queensland but was recently located in Northern NSW. 

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