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 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. They call the island K’gari, which means paradise.
‘Snap Up Some Paradise’ photo competition
A 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.
The Fraser Island World Heritage Area had two advisory committees; the Community Advisory Committee and Scientific Advisory Committee. These Committees expired on 6 October 2019, and the department has commenced a recruitment process to appoint a new single Fraser Island (K’gari) World Heritage Area Advisory Committee. Advisory Committees are supported through the Department of Environment and Science, with funding provided by the Commonwealth Government.
Advisory Committees for World Heritage Areas 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 Parks and Wildlife Service in the Department of Environment and Science is responsible for the day-to-day management of Fraser Island (K’gari).
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 Chairs of the Fraser Island (K’gari) Community and Scientific Advisory Committees prepared Communiques following each meeting. Communiques outline high-level discussions and key recommendations of Committees, and are submitted to the Queensland Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science, and Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP, and the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP for consideration.
- FIWHA SAC Communique—March 2017
- FIWHA CAC Communique—February 2018
- FIWHA CAC Communique—August 2018
- FIWHA SAC Communique—July 2018
- FIWHA SAC Communique—December 2018/February 2019
- FIWHA Combined Committee Communique—April 2018
- FIWHA Combined Committee Communique—June 2019
- FIWHA Combined Committee Communique—August 2019
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