Fraser Island Research & Education Centre

Collaborative partnership with the University of Sunshine Coast...


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To benefit from the continued conservation of Fraser Island, Kingfisher Bay Resort’s interpretive ecotourism practices and environmental research in general, the resort formed a collaborative partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) to establish a Fraser Island Research and Education Centre.

The resort has dedicated buildings to the research centre, including a lecture hall, laboratory, freezer rooms, office and library.

Researchers are also supported with free accommodation and meals whilst working at the centre and Resort Rangers assist with field projects.

This has been recognised as ‘an outstanding example of collaborative research’ by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in a Peer Review Report, published in 2006 – which engaged twelve regions across ten OECD countries in 2005.