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.
‘Snap Up Some Paradise’ photo competition
The photo competition celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Fraser Island’s (K’gari) inscription on the prestigious World Heritage List. Visit the 'Snap Up Some Paradise' photo competition webpage to see the winning photographs.
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).
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.
|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 Peter Shooter||Proxy 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.
The Chair of the Fraser Island (K’gari) Community Advisory Committee prepares a Communique for the Queensland Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science, and Minister for the Arts, the Hon Leeanne Enoch after each meeting.
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.
|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.
The Chair of the Fraser Island (K’gari) Scientific Community Advisory Committee prepares a Communique for Minister Enoch after each meeting.
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