Good news for Straddie’s wildlife

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30-Jun-2015

A new feral animal management group is putting Straddie’s wildlife first as part of an initiative to control pest animals on the Island.

The newly formed group which consists of Island land management organisations, known as Straddie Pest Management Group, will be using a range of approved control methods to reduce feral animal numbers with a particular focus on foxes.

Sue Ellen Carew, President of Friends of Stradbroke Island, is pleased to see this new initiative to control pests on the Island. 

"Foxes have been out of control for years on Straddie so we are very pleased that all island land managers have finally joined up to start an island-wide fox eradication program and that this will lead into control of other feral animals as well”. 

“Feral animal removal on islands has been successful on Macquarie and Phillip Islands and so a fox free zone on North Stradbroke Island is achievable." 

Joel Bolzenius from SEQ Catchments said that the cooperation between land managers with strong support from community groups on the island was crucial to protecting the islands wildlife from feral animal attack. 
 
“Working together will deliver the best long term results for the Island as well as utilise resources most efficiently.”

“Feral animals such as foxes and feral cats threaten the future of many of the islands wildlife such as marine and freshwater turtles, frog species, and the golden swamp wallaby and has an economic impact by reducing the opportunity for tourists to experience this wildlife first hand”. 

“Our approach as land managers over the last 2 years has involved reviewing approved methods and trialling control approaches to ensure they are appropriate on Stradbroke, and sharing information between land managers.” 

“We invite the community to come and find out more about this programme at upcoming information sessions. It will be a great opportunity to ask any questions or let us know of any concerns they might have.”
Upcoming community information sessions will be held at the following locations:

  • Russell Island, 25-27 High Street, St Peters Anglican Church, Sunday 5th July, 4-6pm.
  • Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Capalaba, Monday 6th July, 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
  • Moreton Bay Research Station, Wednesday 8th July, 11am – 1pm.
  • Point Lookout Community Hall, Wednesday 8th July, 5-7pm.
  • Amity Point Community Hall, Wednesday 8th July, 2-4pm.
The Straddie Pest Management Group includes the involvement of the following land managers and organisations:
Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Quandamooka Land & Sea Management Agency, Redland City Council, Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service, Sibelco Australia, SEQ Catchments, Department of Natural Resources & Mines, Seqwater and Straddie Camping.

-ENDS-

Media enquiries: SEQ Catchments Communications Manager, Sibel Korhaliller, 0488 713 340

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