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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.

Celebrating 25 Years of World Heritage listing 1992–2017

December 7, 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Fraser Island’s listing on the World Heritage register – a significant achievement that the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) invite the community to take part in 12 months of celebrations.

Despite now being recognised as an environmental and cultural significant icon, before its World Heritage listing 25 years ago, it was a different story. In the early 1970’s there was extensive sand mining and old growth logging still occurring on the island. This threatened the welfare and wilderness value of K’gari.

The fight for the protection of K’gari from sand mining really began in 1971. A proposal to greatly expand the number of mining leases saw the formation of a concerned citizens group called FIDO (Fraser Island Defenders Organisation)

FIDO’s campaign aimed to stop logging and sand mining leases on the island. The campaign went to the High Court twice during the 1970s and eventually, on 31st December 1976, all sand mining on Fraser Island ceased. Logging ceased in 1991.

The fight for K’gari’s environmental significance should never be forgotten–it’s value as a World Heritage Area now is as vital as it was 25 years ago.

To celebrate the anniversary, a series of events will be taking place throughout December and most of 2018 including a photo competition, guided tours, and other special events.  

Make sure you check back in for the latest news on upcoming events.

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.

 Fraser Island Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

Title

First name

Last name

Position

Field/expertise

Ms

Sue

Sargent

Chair

Independent chair

Mr

David

Anderson

Member

Resident

Mr

Luke

Barrowcliffe

Member

Butchulla Traditional Owner

Ms

Shirley

Blake

Member

Butchulla Traditional Owner

Ms

Gemma

Cronin

Member

Butchulla Traditional Owner

Ms

Emma-Kate

Currie

Member

Conservation

Mr

Paul

Fishburn

Member

Resident

Mr

David

Hay

Member

Tourism

Mr

Glen

Miller

Member

Butchulla Traditional Owner

Dr

Kim

Morland

Member

Education, Tourism

Cr

George

Seymour

Member

Local Government – Fraser Coast Regional Council

Mr

John

Sinclair

Member

Conservation

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.

 Fraser Island Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

Title

First name

Last name

Position

Field/expertise

Professor

Jamie

Shulmeister

Chair

Independent Chair

Dr

Desmond

Boyland

Member

Botany, Ecology and Protected Area Management

Dr

Sandra

Brizga

Member

Geomorphology, Soils and Hydrology

Dr

Terry

Brown

Member

Visitor Management and Social Science

Professor

Ian

McNiven

Member

Cultural Heritage and Archaeology

Associate Professor

Patrick

Moss

Member

Botany, Ecology, Climatology and Palaeoecology

Dr

Andrew

Olds

Member

Zoology, Ecology and Marine Science

Associate Professor

Annie

Ross

Member

Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Knowledge

Associate Professor

Neil

Tindale

Member

Geomorphology, Soils, Hydrology and Climatology

Dr

Angela

Wardell-Johnson

Member

Social Science, Ecology and Cultural Heritage

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.

Related information

Last updated
5 December 2017