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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 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 guided tours and other special events.

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

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 prestigious World Heritage List. Submissions closed on Sunday 5 August 2018.

Winners will be notified via email in the near future. The announcement will also be shared on the  'Snap Up Some Paradise' photo competition webpage.

The winning photographs will be published in the 2019 Fraser Island ‘25th Anniversary’ Calendar, as well as in the December 2018 issue of Wildlife Australia Magazine.

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.

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 the department.

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)



Ms Sue Sargent Chair Independent chair
Mr David Anderson Member Resident
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
Ms Gayle Minniecon Proxy member Butchulla Traditional Owner
Cr George Seymour Member Local Government – Fraser Coast Regional Council
Mr John Sinclair Member Conservation
Dr Kim Walker Proxy member Education, Tourism

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)



Professor Jamie Shulmeister Chair Independent Chair
Mr 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 .

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Last updated
9 August 2018