Strategy for people and dingoes
MANAGING people, rather than dingoes, was the main concern for a group of more than 80 people at a forum that will influence a review into the Fraser Island Dingo Management Strategy.
The audience at yesterday's forum in Maryborough included Butchulla elders, long-term residents of the island, mainland residents and interest groups such as Save Fraser Island Dingoes.
Consulting firm Ecosure was commissioned in June to conduct the independent review and yesterday joined RSPCA and Environment and Heritage Protection representatives for the five-hour session.
The primary concern of the audience included how the island was marketed to tourists, the number of visitors and their behaviour.
More than 1000 people camp on the island on an average day.
Ecosure regional manager Scott Hetherington said the business would also meet with tourism operators and residents of the island over the next two days as part of a site assessment.
The company has so far received individual submissions from across the country as well as submissions from tourism businesses, universities and environmental groups.
Ecosure will give its report on the strategy to the review steering committee by the end of December.
The committee then has until February 2013 to make its recommendations to Environment Minister Andrew Powell.
Ecosure has also launched an online survey for the public to take part in at ecosure.com.