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Lake Boomanjin, Fraser Island

18 May 2018

As K’gari-Fraser Island marks 25 years of UNESCO World Heritage status, a symposium will be held to share knowledge and enhance understanding of its unique universal values.

Presented by USC at its Fraser Coast campus on 7-8 June, the K’gari-Fraser Island Symposium will bring together researchers, traditional owners, UNESCO committee representatives and other organisations connected with the Island.

Symposium coordinator Dr Kim Walker said anyone with an interest in the Island was invited to attend to add their voice to the conversation.

“Researchers will share collective insights from decades of research, historical documents, reports, letters and photographs gathered in USC's K'gari-Fraser Island Research Archive,” Dr Walker said.

“Delegates will discuss what these findings mean for the Island now and in the future, helping to generate further opportunities and collaborations.”

Keynote speakers will include Chairs of the UNESCO Fraser Island World Heritage Committee Sue Sargent and Professor James Shulmeister, who currently leads an Australian Research Council discovery project on the history of the Island’s dune fields.

Former President of the Australian Conservation Foundation and Adjunct Professor at USC Dr Ian Lowe will discuss the science, social issues and politics of climate change on K’gari-Fraser Island.

Other keynote speakers include USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Wess who is a leading researcher in Indigenous cultural heritage and environmental conservation, international Indigenous artist and academic Dr Fiona Foley, and renowned conservationist Dr John Sinclair.

“They will join a range of presenters and panel members comprising academics and K’gari-Fraser Island community members,” Dr Walker said.

“All will share their insights into this unique island and engage in discussions on key aspects of its history, significance, conservation, development, threats and its future.”  

Registration is essential for the symposium which will be held at USC’s Fraser Coast Campus in Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay.

The full program and registration details are available on USC’s website.

- Clare McKay

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