FIDO has been conducting week-long working bees to tackle the urban weeds of Fraser Island for more than a decade. With support of other organizations aiming to improve the natural integrity, FIDO is determined to bring the urban weeds in the townships of Eurong and Happy Valley under control. Volunteering has progressively grown with each new event offered. Many volunteers are returning (some more than four or more times). As a result more recently our logistics have been unable to accommodate all applicants.
While the houses can accommodate up to 9 we can only provide transport from Brisbane to Fraser Island for up to 6 volunteers in FIDO’s 4WD. We can only take more if additional 4WD transport is volunteered or volunteers travel independently to the destinations.
Details of FIDO’s past working bees based at Eurong can be found at www.fido.org.au. These are both enjoyable and very satisfying projects mixing work, recreation and exploring Fraser Island. These projects are funded with grants from the Burnett Mary Regional Group for natural resource management. FIDO asks volunteers to contract to undertake a minimum of 20 hours voluntary work.
FIDO provides the transport, catering and accommodation in comfortable shared houses as well as tours of World Heritage Fraser Island. Volunteers are asked to contribute 20 hours of on-the-ground work in return. Volunteers also need to provide their own towels and bed linen. FIDO also seeks voluntary contributions to meeting some costs not covered by the grant. (tours, travel and some catering). This voluntary payment but for budgetary reasons preference is given to contributors. As a guideline we suggest $200 ($100 for concessions). This allows a more generous budget to provide a little extra and helps maintain FIDO’s 4WD.
Bush Regeneration and monitoring — Eurong
11th to 18th March, 15th to 22nd July and 22nd to 29th October, 2017
(Saturday to Saturday)
This programs will be led by veteran bush regenerator Maree Prior. It will be based at “Talinga”, the former Sinclair family home in Eurong Village and will focus on weeding, bush regeneration and building the capacity of the Eurong nursery as well as continuing FIDO’s on-going environmental monitoring programs. This program also includes the development of a Nature Walk within the village area. John Sinclair will be pleased to show volunteers as much of Fraser Island as is possible in the time and he knows the island better than anyone else.
Weed Management — Happy Valley
5th to 11th February, 14th to 20th May, 6th to 12th August and 19th to 25th November, 2017
(Sunday to Saturday)
Peter Shooter leads these trips to help tackle the heavy weed infestation in and around Happy Valley. A group of 8 will share one of the comfortable holiday houses in Happy Valley. The group will work to contain a particularly aggressive weed with poisonous seeds, Abrus prectorius Var Africanus that is heavily impacting on the vegetation but isn’t found anywhere else on Fraser Island. Peter’s groups continue their long-term battle to eradicate Abrus and prevent seeds being set for another crop of this virulent weed. Fitness is needed to carry heavy chemical backpack sprays across steep terrain.
George Haddock Track, Lake Allom
14th to 17th April, 2017 (Covering the Easter period)
John Sinclair will lead the annual party to carry out maintenance work on the George Haddock Track between Lake Garawongera and Arch Cliffs, with a base camp at Lake Allom. It is demanding work in the most pristine and attractive parts of K’Gari.