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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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Biosecurity Queensland and Sunshine Coast Regional Council target illegal weeds in backyard nurseries

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Zero Chemical K’gari FCRC CEP Happy Valley

Hello from our FCRC CEP team. We continue to make progress in the ecological restoration work of our CEP sites in Happy Valley on World Heritage K’gari. 

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Defying the dry and awaiting the wet

The prolonged dry spell on Fraser Island took its toll on vegetation …  but not on Guinea Grass (Megathyrsus maximus var. maximus)

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Bernie Shakeshaft, Australia’s 2020 Local Hero

Over the years, K’gari has attracted some pretty special characters.  One of these, Bernie Shakeshaft, who works with at-risk teenagers in Armidale to help them on the path towards employment and further education and training, has been named this year’s Australian Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards.

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‘Cat-astrophe’ on K’gari (Fraser Island)

Rangers in the field come across a number of different curiosities like this feral cat (felis cattus) skull. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships (QPWS&P) Ranger Wayne and Butchulla Community rangers Dwight and Tingira came across the skull on a western firebreak during recent cultural activities.

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