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Autumn Weed – Easter Cassia

Inspections in Fraser Island townships continue every May and November, with great work occurring with the volunteer groups and residents.

There are still plants being brought over from the mainland, seen without any known quarantine. Please think before bringing plants to the island to reduce the potential for spreading disease and pests. We are hoping that we have tackled most of the large broad-leaved peppers in Happy Valley, but if anyone knows of any more please let us know. This also applies with the spotting of Easter Cassia and umbrella trees in Eurong.

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Time, Tide and Tourism Fraser Island (K’gari) Conference

FIDO’s 7th Biennial Conference, to be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday 16 August, is intended to be complementary to a Fraser Island Symposium being organised by the University of the Sunshine Coast and being held at USC’s Fraser Coast Campus in November.  FIDO’s conference is targeted more at laypersons with a special interest in Fraser Island, while the USC Symposium will appeal to a more academic audience.

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Persistence Paying Off

FIDO’s Bush Regeneration program has been operating volunteer week-long weeding operations since 2005.  However, the number of weeding operations has increased progressively from one in 2005 to 10 in 2016–17.  This is to keep pace with the increasing threat, and number, of weed invaders.

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Where has K’gari’s rainfall gone?

Citizen science has an enormous amount to contribute, as recently demonstrated when a Darwin mechanic discovered a new planet.  Similarly, citizen science has a lot to contribute to our understanding of K’gari.  For example, the driest year on record caused my son Keith and I to go poring over rainfall records.  We thought that we would start with doing a detailed examination of Double Island Point, which is the closest place to the island with records going back for more than 100 years.  What we found astonished us; it was a revelation. (more…)

This one’s for the birds…

During the first field trip by the Maryborough and Bundaberg Wildlife Branches to Fraser Island (K’gari) in November 1968, in 24 hours the group positively identified 65 species of birds.  Admittedly, the trip was led by outstanding naturalist and keen birdo, Eric Zillman.

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The final straw – a subject for deflation

Stranded wildlife is continually washed up on coastal and island regions throughout the state and a routine part of coastal ranger business. A variety of species, from marine mammals, turtles and birds, are routinely recorded by QPWS staff and volunteers. In most instances this allows for reporting of cause and trends to advise management of best possible practice and influence legislation, such as concerning go slow zones and fisheries.

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Fraser Island Repository

The Fraser Island Repository is a project of the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). The collection will, for the first time, gather in one place dispersed material relating to Fraser Island, particularly that held in government departments.

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A little landscaping improves the natural integrity

Back in 2011, FINIA had a dilemma about how to use the nursery-raised plants using island genetic stock that needed planting out.

It was resolved to plant them at the western entrance to Eurong as a demonstration garden.  Since then, as a result of increasingly closer collaboration between FIDO and the Eurong resort, the demonstration garden area has expanded significantly, changing and enhancing this side of Eurong.

FIDO_Eurong Team

FIDO’s hardworking team of volunteers 

It has been so impressive that FIDO was recently invited to do some landscaping inside the core area of the resort.  Using 200 native plants from stock raised by FIDO in the QPWS Eurong Nursery, nine FIDO volunteers have created a new garden in front of the Tradewinds Units.  Slowly but surely through landscaping, the Eurong Resort is fitting more comfortably into the natural environment.

Submitted by John Sinclair AO, FIDO

We’re going to be archived!

In March 2017, FINIA was contacted by the State Library of Queensland for permission to archive the  FINIA Fraser Island Natural Integrity Alliance website https://finia.org.au/

The State Library of Queensland aims to build a comprehensive collection of Queensland publications to ensure the availability of our documentary heritage both now and in the future.  The State Library’s commitment to preserving the documentary heritage of our state extends to contemporary electronic resources, including online publications and websites of lasting significance.  This is achieved through participation in PANDORA, Australia’s web archive. (more…)

FINIA Meeting held on Fraser Island (K’gari)

The March 2017 FINIA meeting, which was on held on Fraser Island, provided an excellent opportunity for the members of FINIA to see first-hand the work being undertaken on the island by teams of FIDO volunteers (supported by BMRG through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme), the Fraser Island Association [FIA], and the Fraser Coast Regional Council with the support of Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service.  (more…)