K'gari (Fraser Island) Waste Management Strategy

Project Overview

Fraser Coast Regional Council is developing a holistic and coordinated Waste Management Strategy for K'gari (Fraser Island), with the underlying objective to maintain, protect, and conserve the World Heritage and cultural values through sustainable approaches to waste management in collaboration with the Butchulla people.

It is important to Council that visitors to and residents living on K’gari (Fraser Island) and within the broader Fraser Coast region have an opportunity to provide feedback on what they believe is important in managing waste on the island.

This project received funding from the Australian Government.

K’gari (Fraser Island) waste strategy adopted

Upgrading the Eurong Waste Transfer Station and improving facilities at Happy Valley and Orchid Beach are among the actions in a new 10-year waste strategy for K’gari (Fraser Island).

K’gari Waste Management & Resource Recovery Strategy team consults with the Butchulla community

In a workshop dedicated to the Butchulla community, the traditional custodians of K’gari (Fraser Island), the Fraser Coast Waste Management team hosted a one-day forum to discuss the various waste management options, learning about some of the intricacies of the lore on the island and ways to put “the land first”.

  • Award of grant agreement 

    March-April 2021

  • Commence strategy development

    October 2021

  • Community engagement for input into strategy

    December 21-March 22

  • Collate engagement data for incorporation into draft strategy

    March-July 2022

  • Final strategy adopted by Council, with key actions

    August 2022

  • Completion of capital works

    January 2024

  • Final Report

    February 2024

The funding is being provided as part of the Australian Heritage Grants 2020-21 grant opportunity.

The program will provide support to protect and promote the listed values of National Heritage List’ places through strengthened recognition, management, conservation and public engagement.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • improved recognition, conservation and preservation of National Heritage List place values, and access to National Heritage listed places
  • enriched appreciation of the values of listed National Heritage places through improved community engagement.

This project includes the development of a holistic and coordinated waste management and resource recovery strategy for K'gari (Fraser Island). The strategy will provide direction to ensure waste is managed in a sustainable way, minimising environmental impact and protecting natural assets of K'gari (Fraser Island).

The project will:

  • Assess any risks associated with current waste management practices
  • Identify strategic and operational shortfalls and set a clear vision for waste management on the island
  • Outline objectives and identify outcomes and list key actions.
  • Upon completion of the strategy, capital works identified will be scheduled for implementation.

Upon completion of this project, the K’gari (Fraser Island) Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy will provide clear direction to maintain and protect the National, World Heritage and cultural value of K’gari (Fraser Island) through coordinated and sustainable waste management practices.

The K’gari (Fraser Island) Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy will provide background information, identify the need for change and a vision for the future of waste management on the island. 

Clear targets accompanied by key actions will provide a roadmap for achieving the following outcomes:

  • Identification and development of suitable sites to replace the existing waste facilities at Orchid Beach and Happy Valley
  • Upgrade of the existing waste facility at Eurong
  • Implemented controls for legacy disposal issues
  • The introduction of a recycling service for residents and businesses
  • Improved recycling services for visitors to the island
  • A program for the sustainable management of green waste
  • The development of improved educational material and signage to support best practice waste management and promote protection of K'gari’s (FRaser Island's) natural values
  • The development of a coordinated strategy will foster relationships and formulate a shared vision in coordination with the Butchulla people and in consultation with key stakeholders to prevent environmental harm and conserve the natural and cultural values of K'gari (Fraser Island).

 

Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029

Fraser Coast Regional Council has recently developed the Fraser Coast Waste Strategy 2019-2029. The new strategy has a focus on resource leadership that delivers the greatest benefits to our local community in terms of resource recovery, reducing landfill, environmental amenity and economic development.

Community feedback was sought for the strategy. Council included community views on the six outcome areas (themes) in the document and key actions identified.

You can view the Council's Waste Management Strategy and more information here.

Managing the waste on K'gari (Fraser Island)

Maintain, protect, and conserve the World Heritage and cultural values through sustainable approaches to waste management on K’gari (Fraser Island)

Fraser Coast Regional Council (the Council) has secured funding under the Australian Heritage Grants Program 2020-21 for the development and implementation of a Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy for K’gari (Fraser Island) (the Project).

The underlying objectives of the Project are to maintain, protect, and conserve the World Heritage and cultural values through sustainable approaches to waste management in partnership with the Butchulla people.

The Project aims to apply waste management and resource recovery principles that align with the Butchulla first lore “what is good for the land comes first.” The Strategy will provide clear direction to ensure waste is managed in a sustainable way, minimising environmental impact, and protecting the natural assets of K'gari (Fraser Island).

This aim will be achieved through:

  • The identification of suitable sites.
  • Infrastructure upgrades.
  • Changes to waste management processes.
  • Extensive community engagement and education.
  • Resolving any legacy issues identified.

Community Engagement

It’s important to Council that visitors to, and residents living on K’gari (Fraser Island) and within the broader Fraser Coast region have an opportunity to provide feedback on what they believe is important in managing waste on the island.

Engagement will occur with stakeholders and the community from inception of the project strategy development, to implementation and operation. All stakeholders will be encouraged to contribute towards the development of the strategy and will be provided more information on waste management matters including the use and operation of new services.

This project has received funding from the Australian Government.