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Fraser Island World Heritage area

Image Copyright: Paul Candlin, Queensland Government.

Fraser Island (K’gari) is the largest sand island in the world and is a place of exceptional beauty. Among its many striking features, the island is characterised by its long beaches, tall rainforest, coastal heaths, freshwater lakes and ever-evolving sand dunes.

The Butchulla people call the island K’gari which means “paradise”. The Butchulla people are the Traditional Owners and Native Title holders of K’gari and continue to hold strong links with the land and sea—their continued custodianship is critical to the conservation of culture.

Advisory Committees

Fraser Island (K’gari) has two advisory committees; the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and are administered by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP).

The Community and Scientific Advisory Committees provide advice to the Australian and Queensland Government Ministers responsible for World Heritage matters, and assist in meeting obligations under the World Heritage Convention and the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. These obligations include identifying, protecting, conserving, presenting and transmitting to future generations the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage property.

The Queensland Government is responsible for the day-to-day management of Fraser Island (K’gari) through the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.

Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

The CAC comprises an independent chair and 11 members representing Traditional Owners, local authorities, community interest groups or relevant areas of expertise.

This committee provides advice on matters relating to the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the cultural and natural heritage of the Fraser Island World Heritage area from a Traditional Owners’ and community perspective.

Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

The SAC comprises an independent chair and up to nine members representing an area of expertise or scientific discipline relevant to the property’s World Heritage values.

This committee provides advice on matters relating to the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the cultural and natural heritage of the Fraser Island World Heritage area from the viewpoint of the scientific community.

For further information email world.heritage@ehp.qld.gov.au.

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Last updated
12 August 2016