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Straddie, October 2015

Straddie (Minjerribah) in October is a good time on the island.

The whales are still going south, the birds are nesting, the flowers are out, and the water is warm enough.

We saw plenty of Grey Kangaroos and many birds including parrots, friar birds, eagles, gannets and kites. Off the Point there were manta rays, turtles and the largest pod of dolphins ever. Since August 2014, a lot of sand has arrived from northern NSW and found itself in North Gorge, on Deadman’s and Cylinder.

Friends saw koalas bounding like dogs beside their 4-wheel drive at night followed by some furious rutting late into the night to keep us up!

sand

Sand under a microscope

On the downside sand mining continues apace. Next to Fraser and Moreton Islands, Straddie is one of the largest sand islands in the world (the second largest?). Yet no sign to the end of the destruction of the high dunes at Yarraman and Enterprise mines as shown in the photos. I have been coming here for over 50 years yet no government has had the good sense or guts to stop it. Is all that rutile worth the destruction of an aquifer and beautiful bush?

We pay respects to the Quandamooka mob who have looked after country for millennia.

Ian Curr
October 2015

Here are some pictures I took (click on images to get a big surprise) and watch out for ‘Duck on Blue Lake’, the second one 😉

Yarraman Sand Mine

Yarraman Sand Mine (The board of Consolidated Rutile said it would be closed by 2013,

Seventeen mile beach

‘Seventeen mile’ beach ( my name, after the swamp near it)

Yarraman

Yarraman mine – see if you can spot the trucks working the mine. For years the miners took sand off this part of Straddie for construction purposes (deemed by the courts to be illegal).

Enterprise Mine (made even bigger under Bligh and Newman governments)

Enterprise Mine (made even bigger under Bligh and Newman governments)

The use of dredge mining dramatically changed the landscape of Stradbroke. To establish a dredge mine the high dunes are levelled and vegetation is stripped to create a dredge pond. The dredge is continually moving, leaving behind the tailings sand as it progresses. While the dunes are regenerated the original ecology of the Island cannot be replaced. — Colin Sweett, ‘Lines in the sand: a history of mineral sandmining on Queensland’s Barrier Islands’, BA (hons) thesis, University of Queensland, 2008

Sand blow behind Point Lookout

Sand blow behind Point Lookout

South Gorge and main beach

South Gorge and main beach

Main beach and blowhole

Main beach and blowhole

Yarraman

Yarraman

Grevillea near 'the Ledge'

Grevillea near ‘the Ledge’

Blow hole at Point

Blow hole at Point

Straddie

Lighthouse on the Point (at right)

Straddie in October 2015

Lighthouse and water tower at the Point

Straddie in October

Eastern Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive

Grevillea near 'the Ledge'

Grevillea near ‘the Ledge’

Grevillea near 'the Ledge'

Grevillea near ‘the Ledge’

George Nothing Drive

George Nothing Drive

Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive

Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive

Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive

Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive

Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive

Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive

Straddie Straddie Straddie

Blue Lake

Blue Lake

Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive

Grey Kangaroo on George Nothing Drive

Blue Lake

Blue Lake

Duck on Blue Lake

DUCK … on Blue Lake

Straddie

Duck on Blue Lake

Duck on Blue Lake

Blue Lake

Blue Lake

Lizard at Los Nidos

Lizard at Los Nidos

Lizard at Los Nidos

Lizard at Los Nidos

Blue Lake

Blue Lake

One response to “Straddie, October 2015

  1. Glorious Straddie reminding us of real beauty

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