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Sniffing out foxes on K’gari

QPWS has recently utilised the latest weapon in pest animal species management – sniffing out pest animal species that have the potential to severely impact island ecosystems like Fraser Island (K’gari).  Foxes are the most recent pest species to have been ‘captured’ on trail cameras installed on K’gari.  Foxes can compete with the island’s top native predator, the dingo, for food resources and have the potential to decimate the island’s threatened species such as ground parrot, marine turtle hatchlings, waders and small mammal species.  (more…)

Rangers Burning Learning

Queensland Parks and Wildfire Service, Coastal and Islands region recently conducted their annual fire management workshop at Rainbow Beach.  The annual fire refresher training programme was attended by staff working across the Great Sandy National Park (K’gari and Cooloola) and Marine Parks in the Great Sandy Area, with a traditional Welcome to Country delivered by Mr Boyd Blackman. (more…)

Pest Profile: Indian or Common Myna

Another call to action on newly established Indian mynas, with the added request that people formally report any sightings. (more…)

A Clash of Cultures Kills K’gari Icon

K’gari is inscribed on the World Heritage list for three outstanding values.  One of these is its outstanding natural beauty.  However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and on K’gari there are two incompatible views of beauty when it comes to viewing the vegetation.  Where many find beauty in the bush, some see the natural ecosystems as untidy and messy.  Opposite views are even more pronounced in the urban areas where the rose garden mentality is in direct competition with the natural values that brought about K’gari’s World Heritage listing. (more…)

K’gari’s Great Plant Giveaway

In July, in a collaborative effort facilitated by FINIA, the Great Plant Giveaway was held at Eurong.  It offered stock raised in Eurong’s QPWS nursery by FIDO volunteers to be used by island property owners.  It was made clear that no plants could be removed from the island. (more…)

Pandanus Leaf Stripping – a Caring for Country Project

Queensland Parks and Wildlife recently engaged the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation to conduct a leaf-stripping project on K’gari (Fraser Island). Teams of three Butchulla community rangers, with the assistance of a Bunya Ranger, travelled to K’gari and received training in the identification of Jamella leafhopper, leafhopper egg rafts and leaf stripping methods.  (more…)

Weed Workout: Live leaf succulent

Live leaf succulent (Bryophyllum pinnatum) is covered by Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Local Law No.3 (Community & Environment) 2011- Pest Plants. (more…)

The future of waste on K’gari

Since the last FINIA meeting, the Fraser Coast Regional Council has been dealing with submissions on the Future of Fraser Island Waste.  FINIA and FIDO both made submissions with long-term resident, David Anderson representing FINIA at the Council’s Fraser Coast Future Waste Forums held on K’gari.  (more…)

‘Snap Up Some Paradise’ photo competition

The ‘Snap Up Some Paradise’ photo competition celebrates the 25th anniversary of Fraser Island’s (K’gari) inscription on the World Heritage List. (more…)

The Great Easter Cassia Blitz of 2018!

The idea of a Blitz near Happy Valley while the Easter Cassia (Senna pendula var. glabrata) was flowering might have been my idea. However, the credit for the success of the Cassia Blitz goes to FIDO’s John Sinclair and Peter Shooter who organised the week-long event and to BMRG (Burnett Mary Regional Group) who funded it. (more…)