Outback festivities in Rainbow Beach on October 25 will help educate backpackers on dingo safety
Queensland wants travellers to know that dingo safety is not a game
Students from the University of the Sunshine Coast have created an event that will help educate visiting backpackers on the importance of dingo safety.
The event is to take place at 4pm on Sunday, October 25 at the Rainbow Beach Community Hall. The evening will be set out in an Australian outback theme, with the evening festivities consisting of educational games, a free BBQ and prize draws.
Dr Umi Khattab, Senior Lecturer and Public Relations Program Coordinator from University of the Sunshine Coast, is part of a research study that has recognised the increase in encounters between humans and dingoes, around the Fraser Coast area.
“Rainbow Beach/Fraser Island area is such a scenic holiday destination,” Dr Khattab explained.
“The majority of visitors to the area are international backpackers that have never been exposed to wild dingoes.”
Dr Khattab was optimistic that a BBQ/games night would be helpful in educating backpackers on the appropriate way to behave around dingoes.
“This will greatly benefit the backpackers that participate, as well as the community as a whole.
“The event has not been put together to scare travellers from the area, but simply to make them more aware and comfortable with their surrounding environment,” Dr Khattab said.
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