Fraser Island World Heritage integrity
Fraser Island is sufficiently large, diverse and largely free from disturbance, and contains all the geological, geomorphological, hydrological and ecosystem components required for continued viability.
The property includes all of Fraser Island and several small adjacent islands off the west coast including Stewart and Dream Islands covering an area of 181,851 hectares. The boundary of the property extends 500 metres seaward from high water mark around Fraser Island and the smaller islands. The majority of Fraser Island is National Park. All the marine area within the property lies within Great Sandy Marine Park. A small area of private land on the island is managed to ensure the property’s values are maintained.
The conditions of integrity are met as there is no perceptible human threat to longshore drift and other ongoing processes that make this area outstanding. The property is sufficiently large, diverse and free from disturbance to contain all ecosystem components required for viable populations of all species and for continued maintenance of all natural phenomena. For example, the evolution of soil profiles remains essentially undisturbed. Weeds, plant diseases and feral animals, while present, are in low numbers and subject to active management. Disjunct and relict populations of flora and fauna, including those associated with the lakes and creeks, have remained intact and will continue to be important for ongoing speciation.
Integrity of Fraser Island World Heritage Area World Heritage criteria attributes.
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