News

UPDATE: About 60 hands to clean up Fraser Island's oil spill

UPDATE: MORE helpers will continue to head to Fraser Island in the coming days to clean the oil spill that washed up on its east shore on Tuesday.

Currently, there are 35 people on the famous landmark working away with rakes and shovels.

The number is expected to reach 60 with more help rolling in.

Though the recent oil spill isn't large in terms of quantity of oil dumped, the small blobs of oil are spread over a significant amount of geographical area of about 50km.

Fraser Coast Regional Council is one of the latest organisation that will be sending crews over to assist.

Councillor Rolf Light, who holds the disaster management portfolio, said the cleaning process could continue into next week judging from a meeting he had with the other agencies involved.

"We've had approved for council to send up to 20 people, and associated vehicles, to help," he said.

"Everyone helping out should be very proud."

Though oil spills are often associated with causing severe trauma and damage , this is something the Fraser Island event has avoided.

"The good news is that there has been no impact on wildlife," Cr Light said.

Maritime Safety Queensland general manager Patrick Quirk said the oil was kept to the shores.

"There's no oil stains in the water, just on the beach," he said.

"It is a fairly minor oil spill when comparing to other oil spills."

Fraser Coast's tourism activities is staying open during the whole process.

"There is no disruption to business, we don't have a problem with people going there," Mr Quirk said.

A list of ships that have gone through the area in the past week is being compiled to find the source of the spill, but Mr Quirk said it will most likely be difficult to pinpoint one ship in specific.
 

 

EARLIER: A CLEAN-up operation is continuing this morning, to clean up blotches of oil that washed up over 50km of Fraser Island's east coast yesterday.

So far, there have been no reports of affected wildlife.

Minister for Main Roads and Ports Mark Bailey said about 24 officers from Maritime Safety Queensland, Roadtek, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Queensland Police Service have begun scouring the beach.

"A barge delivered about a dozen specialist oil shoreline clean-up workers with equipment yesterday afternoon in preparation for work to begin this morning," Minister Bailey said.

"They joined about the same number of assessment crews who'd been on the beach from early yesterday.

"More crews are on standby, including Fraser Coast Council who has also alerted workers to be ready to help."

The source of the spill is still unknown, but a list of ships that have gone through the area in the past week is currently being compiled.

LONG STRETCH: The oil spammed from the Maheno Shipwreck, to Dilli Village. That is a distance of about 46km.
LONG STRETCH: The oil spammed from the Maheno Shipwreck, to Dilli Village. That is a distance of about 46km. Google Maps

Environment Minister Steven Miles said the clean-up process was being doing manually through the use of rakes and shovels.

"This minimises the impact on the environment and reduces the amount of additional sand collected," he said.

"This can be a time-consuming and physically demanding process and we have ensured we have sufficient personnel to work on rotation to get the job done.

"Park rangers are also continuing to conduct reconnaissance of Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point as a precaution."

Mr Bailey said the incident was being treated as a serious matter, and thanked those helping to reverse the damage.

"Any oil spill incident in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or our coastal waters is regarded as serious and we are well-resourced to respond," Mr Bailey said.

"I want to thank all the crews involved for their quick response who are all playing a part in the operation.

"I also want to urge anyone four wheel driving along the beach to watch out for our crews during the clean-up."

 

EARLIER: WHAT are described to be oil patties were found washed up on the beautiful shores of Fraser Island's eastern beaches.

These oil blobs ranged in size from about that of a coin, to as big as a $5 note.

Crews showed up at the scene on Tuesday and began work to remove the oil patches.

Clean-up operations will continue today.
 

Maritime Safety Queensland general manager Patrick Quirk said the oil spill was a minor one, with small patches of the oil dispersed over a wide area.

"Although the quantity appears small we are not taking chances and have activated an incident control centre at Gladstone to ensure we have all the resources we need," Mr Quirk said after the oil was discovered.

The oil patties were located from the Maheno wreck, and went to Dilli Village.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Rangers had been placed on standby for a clean-up and were on-site.

Mr Quirk said minimising environmental damage was the focus at the moment.

"Experience has shown the best way to clean up the beach is to remove the patties by rake and shovel," Mr Quirk said.

"This minimises the impact on the environment and reduces the amount of additional sand collected."

A list of ships known to have been in the area has also been compiled.

Mr Quirk said this spill appeared to be significantly smaller than an incident in July last year when 10-15 tonnes of oil washed up from a spill off Cape Upstart.

 

This was one of the many oil patties found on the beach.
This was one of the many oil patties found on the beach. Contributed

Maximum fines for a corporation for a discharge offence can include $11.78 million under Queensland law and $17 million under Commonwealth law.

Topics:  editors picks fraser island maritime safety queensland oil spill



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

My days on the mighty HMAS Tobruk

GREAT MEMORIES: John Hay served on the Tobruk during his time in the navy.

Days on the Tobruk remembered

'He's my house deposit': bulk bill IVF welcomed in Bundy

'I WORKED THREE JOBS': Krystal Templeton with her son Marty.

"This,” Krystal says holding a smiling Marty, " is my house deposit”

A magic time to wet a line

OFF YOU GO: Noel Kelly from the Monduran Anglers and Stocking Association releasing some of the 9000 fingerlings that were put into Lake Monduran this week.

Drop a line this weekend and school holidays

Local Partners

Rob's off to start a fresh new chapter

AFTER more than three decades delivering fruit and vegies to loyal customers across Bundaberg, Robert Ward is packing up his ute and retiring.


What's on: Saturday, December 3

Not sure what to do today? We've got you covered

Head to the sugar museum for a sweet taste of history

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the revamped Sugar Museum at Fairymead House is Mayor Jack Dempsey and Fairymead House Team Leader Hayley Vale.

Learn about the industry that made Bundy what it is

List of gigs happening around Bundy

KEY NOTE: Country singer Alex Peden. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail

There's a live show for everyone

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!