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Update on FIDO’s Weed Eradication Program – Happy Valley

Between 9 and 15 June, 2019, FIDO’s Bush Regeneration Program again targeted Happy Valley.  Coming from all over Southern Queensland, the group’s volunteers split into two teams and put in over 140 hours of hard work over the week.   

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In the Spirit of Cooperation

It’s been a good season for weeds on Fraser Island. Some heavy falls of rain in June with regular showers for the rest of the month and into early July. Then the sun came out to encourage growth.

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Butchulla Land and Sea Ranger Biosecurity Training

In May, the four Butchulla Land and Sea Rangers along with Conway Burns and Chantel Van Wamelen undertook Biosecurity training in conjunction with the Department of Agricultural and Fisheries forest health staff. Presenters included Suzy Perry, Janet McDonald, Louise Shuey and Geoff Pegg.

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Help needed: Stinking Passion Flower

Dr Bruce Webber is seeking some assistance with a weed project that the CSIRO is running on stinking passionflower (Passiflora foetida).  The research program is looking to improve control options for stinking passionflower with the view to developing a biological control solution. 

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Zero Chemical K’gari Happy Valley Report

Between November and March, another three teams and workshops were held at Happy Valley with FCRC staff and Fraser Coast Regional Council Community Environment Program (CEP) community volunteers.

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FIDO’s Weed Eradication Program Happy Valley

FIDO has been involved in weed eradication at Happy Valley since the early 2000s.  An intensive program commenced in March 2004, involving four, week-long weeding excursions per year. These trips usually involve from 5 to 12 volunteers.

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Eurong Native Plant Nursery

The Native Plant nursery at Eurong was an initiative of FIDO’s, John Sinclair, in collaboration with QPWS. John saw the need for the residents to replace their introduced plants with locally sourced and grown Fraser Island plants.

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Getting Together on K’gari

FINIA was founded on K’gari in 2005 and meeting on the island at least once a year has become an important part of the group’s calendar.  Aside from the opportunity to spend some time looking at the issues and progress on-ground, it also provides an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the island, share knowledge, meet new partners and discuss approaches as we face emerging challenges – like myrtle rust and visitor management.  The 2019 trip, held on 7-8 May, was no exception. 

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FIDO’s Bush Regeneration Program 2019

The Commonwealth Government has now escaped direct and any indirect support for volunteer programs on K’gari (Fraser Island).

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Moving Towards Eradication – Bitou Bush

Linda Behrendorff (QPWS) has co-authored a paper with Stacy Harris (Biosecurity Queensland) and Ian Muirhead on the bitou bush eradication project on K’gari – Fraser Island, which was recently published in the journal Ecological Restoration and Management. (more…)