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Weather woes may oust Fraser Island campers

By Frances Adcock, Tuesday February 26, 2013 - 08:42 EDT

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is assessing whether campers will need to evacuate Fraser Island off the state's south-east today due to bad weather.

Campers have already been told to move off the island twice in the past three weeks due to flooding.

QPWS spokesman Ross Belcher says trees could pose a problem at the central camp site.

"They get a lot of rain, they have a lot of water in the foliage, some of them can topple over and we don't want campers in the area if that happens," he said.

"They are massive trees and a potential high risk."

The chairman of Tourism Fraser Coast, David Hay, says operators are feeling the pinch after the big wet.

"Obviously safety has to come first but certainly it's not helpful as a tourism destination for people to think there's a fair chance of them being evacuated," he said.

"You have to be careful in these situations.

"I think it's very important we seek to recover by Easter, we are really looking to promote the region at Easter."

Rangers are also assessing damaged infrastructure to about 12 roads and several walking tracks.


- ABC

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