Crackdown on K'gari over human-dingo interactions


Extra rangers will be brought in to deal with the growing number of dangerous encounters between humans and dingoes on K'gari, off the Queensland coast.

Bookings for camping permits on K'gari (also known as Fraser Island) have increased by 51 per cent since 2018.

The Queensland government said on Saturday an extra 13 staff members will be hired to enhance community safety, after a number of attacks by dingoes, also known locally as wongari.

An extra $2 million will be allocated this year, with another $3 million to be spent annually to boost safety programs on the island, which is off the Wide Bay–Burnett region.

The additional jobs include six Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers, four Indigenous rangers and three Department of Environment and Science technical support positions.

The state's Environment Minister Leanne Linard said management was being stepped up as crowds increased, with half a million campers now visiting the island annually.

"The natural setting that attracts so many visitors to K'gari also presents challenges, particularly in regard to the island's wongari population and their interactions with humans," she said.

"In recent months, we have seen a number of wongari attacks on humans, ranging from minor to very serious."

In one case, a woman was chased into the water by the animals.

Ms Linard said visitors will see increased face-to-face interactions with rangers monitoring compliance, with a renewed focus on dealing with problem animals.

"The message to those visiting and living on K'gari is simple, enjoy this unique natural wonder but always be alert to the presence of wongari, heed the safety messages, educate yourself about how to behave around wongari and always treat them like the wild animals that they are," she said.

Visitors to the island are warned not to walk alone, carry a stick and to always avoid running, as it can provoke the animals.