The recent floods in Queensland have caused tonnes of debris to wash up on the shores of K’gari (Fraser Island). The environmental impact of this is severe. Through Where Wild Things Roam support with Wild Things Roam Org, we are heading up to camp on the island and do a beach clean up. Food and water will be supplied. If you have a 4wd or camping gear, the more the better. All clean-up data will be forwarded to Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) database.
We are seeking donations to help pay for the cost of ferry transfers, fuel, food supplies and clean up gear like sunscreen, bags and more. Every little bit counts so if you can make a donation, please do.
About K’Gari (Fraser Island)
K’gari (Fraser Island) is a World-Heritage-listed island along the south-eastern coast in the Wide Bay–Burnett region, Queensland, Australia. The name K’gari is the Indigenous name in the Butchulla language, while the name Gari is the Indigenous name in the Badtjala language.
The island is approximately 250 kilometres (160 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane, and is within the Fraser Coast Region local government area. The world heritage listing includes the island, its surrounding waters and parts of the nearby mainland.
The island is about 123 kilometres (76 mi) long and 22 kilometres (14 mi) wide. It was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1992. The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1,840 square kilometres (710 sq mi). It is also Queensland’s largest island, Australia’s sixth largest island and the largest island on the east coast of Australia.
Fraser Island has rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths. It is made up of sand that has been accumulating for approximately 750,000 years on volcanic bedrock that provides a natural catchment for the sediment carried on a strong offshore current northwards along the coast. Unlike on many sand dunes, plant life is abundant due to the naturally occurring mycorrhizal fungi present in the sand, which release nutrients in a form that can be absorbed by the plants. The island is home to a small number of mammal species, as well as a diverse range of birds, reptiles and amphibians, including the occasional saltwater crocodile. The island is protected as part of the Great Sandy National Park, and is a popular tourism destination.
OUR MISSION WITH K’GARI BEACH CLEAN UP
Wild Things Roam Org will work with the clean-up groups on the island to remove debris washed up from the recent Queensland Floods. Working at a local level with volunteers, we hope to assist in the cleanup and removal of this debris. All clean-up data will be forwarded to Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) database.