Friends of Stradbroke Island (FOSI) is dedicated to the protection of the delicate and unique environment of North Stradbroke Island and its surrounding waters and recognises that sand mining is the major threat to the precious ecosystems of this sand island.
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Expired mining leases should not be renewed
Mining leases on NSI were granted in a bygone era –
by a Bjelke-Petersen national party Government with very different attitudes to the environment than the current Government.
when public perception of and attitudes to mining in fragile environments were quite different.
when NSI was much further from the major population centres. Redlands was still a rural area yet to undergo urbanisation and Brisbane was of much smaller dimensions. Now it is on the door step of a substantial population which is ever increasing.
Dredge Mine, concentrator (CRL image library).
Now a unique opportunity for the government to act!
There are a large number of mining leases that have expired and FOSI and others are opposing the renewal of all such expired leases. The ALP Governments have been proposing to develop extensive National Parks on NSI since 1990. In that time, the population of greater Brisbane has more than doubled, creating a much greater need for green space and more National Parks.
Sand mining on North Stradbroke Island (CRL image library).
Is it time to end sand mining on Stradbroke Island?
In this edition we have seen the difference 10 years of bush care can make and some weeds to watch out for. Below is some advice as to suitable trees, ground cover and shrubs to plant in your Stradbroke garden. Suitable native trees Lophestemon confertus (box tree) - canopy tree for big
gardens or pruningBanksia integrifolia – (coastal banksia) - attracts
birds Banksia aemula or serrata (wallum banksia) – attracts birdsElaeocarpus reticulatus (blue berry ash)Pandanus pedunculatus (pandanus/ screw palm) Cupaniopsis anacardioides (tuckeroo)
A shy creature, distantly related to the elephant, which communicates by chirps, whistles and barks – the dugong may be one of Moreton Bay’s least seen and most fascinating inhabitants. Approximately 1000 dugongs live in the warm waters of the sheltered and shallow bay. Globally, however, there are serious threats to this gentle animal’s survival. The World Conservation Union lists the dugong as vulnerable to extinction.
The name dugong derives from a Malay word meaning Lady of the Sea, yet elsewhere they are less-flatteringly referred to as Sea Cows, due to their diet of seagrass.
They are the only marine herbivorous sea mammals in the world and have been observed to suckle their young for up to five years, even though calves start eating seagrass at three months old.
Solitary animals, they travel alone or in pairs for most of their 70-year lifespan, although they have been seen in herds of 10 to 300.
Their distant relationship to the elephant goes some way to explaining the dugong…
In this issue One Mile Dunwich - Wild Bird Alert! Moreton Bay’s Wetlands of International Importance Foxes continue to be baited in large numbers Koala Count 2017 Moreton Bay Water Quality Improves for 2017 The War on Cane Toads Did the Norfolk Great Wave occur on North Stradbroke Island? One Mile Dunwich - Wild Bird Alert! Pied Oystercatchers and terns on the Bradburys Beach high tide roost near the One Mile water taxi terminal. One Mile Dunwich - Wild Bird Alert! Riding the ferries and water taxis to the island is always a pleasure, but travellers coming and going at the One Mile ferry terminal have the extra bonus of passing through a wild bird hotspot. Before the ferry ties up, observant passengers can look out for the Eastern Osprey nest on a navigation buoy and admire the pelicans and cormorants expertly perched atop mooring poles. As travellers disembark, flitting above them in the terminal are Welcome Swallows attending their mud nests tucked among the roof trusses. And to both sides of …