Eurong grid overflowing with sand
THE DINGO grid at Eurong on Fraser Island is full of sand, sparking questions about its effectiveness.
Fraser Coast councillor Sue Brooks (pictured) snapped photos of the grid at the weekend and is asking why the State Government is not maintaining the grids it spent close to $1 million building.
As a result of the overflowing grid, dingoes had been spotted in town, Ms Brooks said.
“Just before Christmas DERM closed two campsites due to dingo behaviour. If they closed the campgrounds because of dingoes then those dingoes are likely to come into Eurong.”
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Acting Regional Manager Peter Wright said the dingo deterrent fence and grids at Eurong and Happy Valley were working effectively with no dingo attacks inside the fences since they were built in October 2008.
He said the claim the dingo fences were useless due to sand build-up was incorrect: “The dingo grids are cleaned out regularly. The Eurong grid is the island’s most used grid and can block up quickly, especially during peak holiday period.
“Work on clearing out the grid will start (today) and the sand will be fully removed (this) morning. QPWS are also working closely with the Fraser Coast Regional Council engineers to further improve the drainage system and consider design modifications for easier access to clean out sand from the grids.”
Despite this, Ms Brooks is calling for the government to remove the grids and develop a “sensible” dingo management strategy. She said that according to locals the Eurong grid had been full for more than two months and the solar panel at the Happy Valley grid was not working, rendering that grid useless also.
“I am not criticising the rangers on the island. The QPWS staff needs the support and resources to implement the political decisions that were made.”