Are visitors loving Fraser Island to death?
Are visitors loving Fraser Island to death? Contributed

How Fraser Island traffic could be 'killing' the island

 A UNIVERSITY of the Sunshine Coast lecturer says Fraser Island visitors could be loving the island to death.  

USC has received a $100,000 donation from Fraser Island Defenders Organisation (FIDO) to research minimising the impact of vehicle traffic on the Fraser Island environment.   

USC lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering Dr Adrian McCallum said the scholarship recipient would work closely with FIDO to ensure future generations of visitors could enjoy Fraser Island's natural setting and wildlife.  

"There's been concern for many years about the effects of traffic on the island," Dr McCallum said.  

"Four-wheel drives and tour buses cause masses of sand to be dislodged.  

"And there are parts of the island where the road surface is now many metres below where it was.   

"There's a potential that visitors could be loving the place to death."   

The scholarship recipient will be named in December this year, with the project to begin in early 2017.