THE STARK DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN FORESTRY: VERSES FIDO AS WELL AS THE CURRENT MANAGERS STRATEGIES.

   “The sight of great trees flourishing in sand: it has to be seen to be believed, tallowwoods, blackbutts, turpentine, bloodwoods and sundry other hardwoods growing to enormous size here…in addition there, are considerable areas of what the forester regards as waste country. But ah! … The naturalist makes some of his most exciting finds…

It is not too much to say that Fraser Island is one of the richest portions of Australia…the coastline and creeks carry a good range of water birds [MANY MISSING NOW], of course: the jungles and mangroves attract many fruit and insect eaters, including several species not known to the south of Australia: and in the Wallum country there is at least one bird unknown to any other island and very rare on the mainland…

There too, was the little owlet nightjar – the fairy owl of the island children , who weave pretty stories around the soft plumaged, dainty creature, kingfishers, flycatchers, warblers, thrushes, butcher birds, whip-birds and whistlers are [WAS like] the all represented on Fraser Island…

Of the other honeybirds, three are unknown to southern Australia…”

(The Sydney Mail) 1st April 1925.

Walter Petrie shows how Bronze-winged Pigeon’s nest on the ground. (A target for hungry dingoes under QPWS ).

Photo from Sydney Mail April 1st 1925.

1930’S FORESTRY SERVICE DEMONSTRATES IT WAS SAFE TO CAMP WITHOUT ‘SMART DINGO FOOD CAGES’.

Photo gifted to author by Ruby Mathieson.

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